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Revolutionize your work

Build leadership capacity and learn through practice with your cohort of peers


The practical self management intensive is a 5-week immersive online course that will transform your workplace, and yourself.

Course Details

The future of work is here, and it demands that we re-examine our assumptions about power, hierarchy and leadership.

To change work cultures, we need to develop new leadership skills — and learn how to develop those capacities in everyone we work with. We need to un-learn those practices that no longer serve, and step up into a whole new level of potential. Self-management is a never-ending process of learning — about the broader functions of an organization, our own capacity and confidence to step into roles and collaboration and trust.

This 5-week immersive online course is based on learning by doing in a cohort of peers. With an intentional mix of theory, inspiration, project work, publishing and self-organizing, you will Work Out Loud and learn from your coaches and your peers.

You will learn
  • How to create agreements and commitments
  • How to organise yourself and your company differently
  • How to blend your personal and professional development journey
  • An understanding of what it means to be self-managed, Teal, Deliberately Developmental, and to bring your whole self to work

Each week, we’ll dive into different topics that will lay the foundation for your self-management development.

The course also features guest appearances from thought leaders in the field, giving you the opportunity to ask them questions and learn from their experience. Previous special guests have included inspiring practitioners like Doug Kirkpatrick (cofounder of the Morning Star Self-Management Institute), Helen Sanderson (founder of Wellbeing Teams), Joshua Vial (founder of Enspiral) and Samantha Slade (author of Going Horizontal). 

You will walk away with 
  • Learn how to do and be the Future of Work
  • Get proficient at delivering prototypes and collaborating
  • Practice with supportive coaches and peers

The commitment
  • 5 weeks of learning in a cohort of peers
  • Time investment of 5 to 8 hours per week
  • Weekly online video meetings, on Mondays (2hrs) and Wednesdays (2hrs)

Your Hosts

Leading practitioners from organisations experimenting and living the future of work

Susan Basterfield

Susan is a catalyst and convener, helping individuals and organisations release potential through participatory organising, exploring her hypothesis that our transition into what’s next will be brought about by and through community. She is a Foundation Director of Enspiral and is co author of Lead Together and Better Work Together

Elena Denaro

Elena has a background in interdisciplinary, collaborative and system-changing work. A recovering academic, she values holistic learning spaces. She is passionate about relational dynamics and self-management practices as a key lever to creating meaningful and empowering working practices and opportunities for personal and group development.

How it works

Online & Synchronous

You will have set meeting times with your cohort over video chat.

Small Groups

Work and form connections with your fellow participants through small rotating groups each week.

Experienced Coach

Throughout the program, two coaches will guide your group through the process, so you won't be alone.

Guest Lectures with Industry Experts

We'll invite industry experts to share their insights with you.

Strong Commitment needed

In order to transform, you'll need to commit to attending the online weekly meetings and doing the work.

International Team

You'll work with people from all over the world in multiple time zones. Make sure to be punctual.

Highly Collaborative

All you need is a good internet connection, a camera, and the will to grow to be able to participate.

Truly digital experience
Truly Digital Experience

We use several tools, such as Slack, Zoom, and Google Apps to connect with the community and deliver the assignments.

Working in Sprints

Each week you will have group and individual assignments, and get into the practice of posting a weekly reflection blog on Medium.

Your Weekly Schedule

Wednesday Meetings (2 hrs):

  • Introduce & explore the theme of the week
  • Liberating Structures
  • Interact with guest speakers

Thursday >> Monday = Work on Assignments

Monday Meetings (2 hrs)

  • Share your work in Progress
  • Deepen the weekly theme
  • Practice sharing without fear
Course Fees*

Early Bird: €950

Regular Price: €1500

*see below re discounts, scholarships and payment plans.

What next? 

Our applications are a few simple questions that help us ensure you are a good fit for the course and our next cohort. Our team will respond promptly and send you the information you need to confirm your spot.

Scholarships: We have discounts for people with smaller budgets. 

Interest free Payment plans available on request

We also offer Team discounts if you join together with another team member.

Get in touch if that's you and want to join! 

Are you a business and would you like to enroll multiple participants?

Contact us for VAT invoices, group discounts, and inquires for in-house courses.

What our Alumni say

Watch our playlist of testimonials from past cohorts of Practical Self Management, previously known as Leadwise.

Check out these participant blog posts that are part of the assignments.

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