Essentials Program

Are you looking for your next step to boost employee engagement, cross-boundary collaboration and customer happiness? Are you interested, or already working, with new ways of organizing such as Scrum and Agile or self-organization? Is the responsibility of your role as a leader or entrepreneur affecting the quality of your life? Is your dream to be the leader of a fully engaged entrepreneurial team, that will boost your business, but are you more and more living in the nightmare of a limiting span of control? Do you spend your time working IN the business instead of creating your future by working ON your business? Then you should consider joining the Semco Style Essentials Program.

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Successful leaders and entrepreneurs create their own future by working ON the business, instead of being too busy working IN the business. The answer to become such a leader lies in creating maximum engagement of your team. During an intense 4-day training program in the course of three months, you will experiment with practical and hands-on interventions that help individuals and teams to work as engaged craftsmen who naturally collaborate to reach maximum client satisfaction. Sounds like a bridge too far? We think that the smallest steps can have the biggest impact- if you only know which road to take. That’s why the interventions we work with are inspired by Semco, the Brazilian company founded by the famous entrepreneur Ricardo Semler. It’s a worldwide known example and living proof that that organizations can nourish both people and performance. Semco’s way of working is all about building strong and flexible teams in a supportive organizational context – one step at the time. You will learn to design your own interventions that fit within the context of your teams and organisation.

What is Semco Style?

Semco Style, developed over 30 years by Ricardo Semler and his team into an extremely effective management approach, provides today’s leaders and entrepreneurs with an inspiring and proven alternative to traditional command-and-control management methods.

Semco Style organizes wisely around humans instead of smartly around structures and procedures. It treats adults as adults, puts people above organizational modes, and sees freedom and self- interest as the basis for collective alignment. Its five pivotal principles are to stimulate trust, self-management, extreme stakeholder alignment and creative innovation, and to reduce control. Organizations that adopted Semco Style are more effective, profitable and flexible, and have higher customer satisfaction and happier co-workers.

Participants profile

Teamleaders: you desire to lead your team towards a role and contribution that meets the requirements of todays business needs. Stimulating craftmanship and ownership are key issues you’d like to work on.
Changemakers: you work in HR, learning and development, R&D, project management or another department that supports your organization primarily line of business. Your desire is to increase individual and organizational performance.
Entrepreneurs with growth ambitions: you recognize the need to work on the business instead of in the business and consider it important to be a modern and highly effective employer, by stimulating engagement, entrepreneurship and responsibility in your company.

All participants are required to bring a real life project where Semco Style principles can be applied.


In an intense program of 4 days that takes place in the course of three months, you will learn to practically apply Semco Style’s pivotal principles in 1-on-1, team and group situations. As a result you will be able to:

  • build teams where performance and talents of people will flourish
  • help people and teams to take ownership and entrepreneurship
  • put customer performance first instead of sub-interests of departments.
  • apply tools and practices from Semco Style’s toolkit in order to get the most out of your people and get the best team performance. 
  • Work ON your business instead of IN the business.

 Semco Style 5 Pivotal Principles

Program content

During the three modules, the first of which lasts two days, you will work on the following topics:

Module 1: Trust, less control & self-management

  • From command and control towards sense and respond
  • Building trust
  • Aligning personal and team interest
  • Transparency
  • Reducing control, self-management as substitute
  • Creating small independent groups
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Self-organisation and selfsteering
  • Semco Style Toolkit

Module 2: Balancing Entrepreneurship

  • Ownership
  • Balancing interest
  • Handling requirements
  • Building support
  • Creating mandate

Module 3: Creative Innovation

  • Enlarging innovation & entrepreneurship
  • Involving costumers
  • Facilitation skill
  • Hands-on technique

Practical information

Dates: See the 'Event dates' tab
Duration: 4 days total
Time span of the course: 3 months
Investment: € 3995,- excluding VAT and including arrangement fees and lodging
Location: Hotel and Conference center Woudschoten, Zeist
Language: The training will be given in Dutch, the study and learning material we use is mostly in  English.

This training is also available as an in-company program.

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For more information contact Koen de Boer via phone at +31 6 1138 9135 or via email at

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23 November 2017 - 19 January 2018

Module 1: Trust, less control & self-management

23 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

Module 2: Balancing Entrepreneurship

18 Dec 2017

Module 3: Creative Innovation

19 Jan 2018