People with autonomy and sense of purpose react quicker to change!
They learn fast and innovate faster. They are fulfilled workers that
enhance their own environment and impact on the sustainable growth
of the company into the future.

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  • WHY

    Promoting work with purpose, in high-performance organisations that gives its employees the freedom to enhance their own environment and impact on the sustainable growth of the company into the future.

  • HOW

    We bust bureaucracy and promote performance by organising wisely around people, instead of smartly around structures and processes.

  • WHAT

    We offer training, practices & tools, coaching, expert consulting and immersive events, delivered in various channels ranging from one-on-one sessions, to a full online learning path.


Over the years, Ricardo Semler has fine-tuned his management approach and strengthened it with a theoretical foundation to create The Semco Style methodology. Semco Style builds on five pivotal principles that forms the foundation for 15 key organizational pillars and over 100 powerful work practices, tried and tested over time.

These principles go well beyond the notion of self-governance and are interdependent: eliminate one, and the others have much less impact and become far less meaningful. The successful implementation of the Semco Style yields many results:

  • Turning old corporate hierarchies into people centric, radical corporate democracies by delegating as much decision power to the workforce as rationally possible.
  • In 20 years’ time, Semco Group grew from 90 to 3000 workers, and
  • From $4 million dollars to $212 million dollars in annual revenue, with
  • An employee turnover of only 2%.

As the Semco Partners grew, they started incorporating and collaborating with other international companies that also adopted the Semco Style. These new companies yielded an IRR of 46,5%. This is testament to the fact that even today, companies that adopt Semco Style are more effective, profitable and flexible, and have higher customer satisfaction and happier employees.


The Semco Style Institute aims to fuel the ongoing evolution of the Semco Style by creating a community of Certified Consultants and Semco Style Change Makers who can learn from each other. Semco Style Institute - South Africa is the exclusive Country Partner for South Africa and will develop the partner network in the Southern African

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Development Community (SADC) & Nigeria. Together, we will create organizations that are able to transform themselves continuously and successfully. Organizations that make people look forward to coming to work every day, making work truly awesome!

  • Fundamentals
  • Changemaker
  • Master


R3 750 pp 1 Day

Do you sometimes worry that the next Uber, Netflix or AirBnB will take your market share? Is your company or department able to respond to changes? How do you deal with issues relating to sustainability, health and well-being? If you ask yourself these questions, you are on the right track. Being critical about your work processes and performance is essential to remain successful and improve your way of working. With the Semco Style Fundamentals Program you will take the first step towards a self-managing organization.

The Fundamentals program gives a broad overview of Semco Style and is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about the Semco Style Principles.


  • Understand what Semco Style is all about;
  • Discover the 5 Principles;
  • Learn to identify important development areas for your organization;
  • Create a favourable environment for change and innovation;
  • Discover the most important steps towards more autonomy and self-management;
  • Know why a self-managing team performs better and how you can evolve towards it
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R18 750 pp 4 Days

Credit will be given for prior courses completed within an allowed time frame.

With this programme you will learn about busting bureaucracy and promoting performance by organising wisely around people, instead of smartly around structures and processes. With this approach, your staff becomes more involved, the collaboration between disciplines and departments improves and customer satisfaction is boosted.

The Changemaker Program is ideally aimed at individuals who are involved in the day-to-day implementation of Semco Style and it is typically offered as a train-the-trainer approach to our clients and their internal support teams. In open groups, Changemaker is also aimed at leaders, entrepreneurs, team leaders and changemakers who believe that there are better ways to organize a company with happier employees who perform


Become an inspiring leader and change-agent of Semco Style! Learn which skills you need as a leader to keep your employees happy and motivated. We offer support and coaching to apply this within your organization. In the Changemaker Program you learn about:

  • Making your organization flexible;
  • Building teams in which talent and performance are central;
  • Develop ownership and entrepreneurship among colleagues;
  • Achieve optimal team results;
  • Stimulate your team to achieve maximum performance
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R67 500 pp 9 Days over 6 months

Credit will be given for prior courses completed within an allowed time frame.

Are you a disruptor or victim of disruption? Learn to move with agility - fast, lean and democratic. Do you attract young talent and manage them in line with their expectation? Learn to manage and optimize the impact of millennials in the workplace. Is your company still exciting and current? Build creativity and craftsmanship by enhancing freedom and autonomy of employees. Through the Master Programme you will learn how to apply the Semco Style principles to the highest level and how you guide a team towards a democratic and agile organization.

The Master Program is designed for Executive and Senior Leaders who believe in a humane and simple way of structuring their companies. In addition, the program is also suitable for all levels of management, entrepreneurs and consultants who consider people more important than processes.


You will discover in depth what each of the five principles entail. You also learn:

  • How to use the Semco Style tools to help organizations with their transformation;
  • Improve your personal and professional consulting and coaching style;
  • To facilitate people, teams, leaders and other stakeholders to work from the five Semco Style principles;
  • Acquire the deep Semco Style knowledge within the theoretical context of organizational systems and organizational ecology;
  • Create the right conditions for changes at every level;
  • The right knowledge and skills to be certified as Semco Style Consultant
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With our approach we want to encourage Executive Boards, CEOs, Management teams, Entrepreneurs
and Changemakers to evolve past the traditional hierarchical management style.


  • Create supportive leadership that manage uncertainty in uncertain times
  • How to evolve a company to post-hierarchical management
  • Identify which support structures needs to be built to enhance responsiveness
  • Conceptualise methods to sustain responsible systems
  • Establish self-managing teams with increased levels of autonomy
  • Engage and empower individuals that will differentiate your company
  • Implementation of the ultimate business empowerment process – Semco Style!


Semco Partners is the successor of the SEMCO Group - a centrifuge manufacturer founded in the 1950s by Antonio Curt Semler. In the 1980s Antonio’s son, Ricardo Semler, took over the firm, modernized management practices, and expanded the company’s range by moving heavily into the service sector. Today, Semco Partners works with foreign companies to help them expand into the Brazilian market. They do this by employing a sophisticated joint venture model that combines Semco Style management practices with the partners’ expertise and product lines.

Ricardo Semler is a champion of the employee-friendly radical corporate democracy he implemented as CEO of Semco Partners for over 20 years. He believes that if we simply ask why we do things and devolve power to employees, we’re able to create wiser companies - ones that are simultaneously more productive and have a happier workforce. Ricardo is the best-selling author of the classic Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend. He was Professor of Leadership at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, and is working to bring radical corporate democracy to education through Lumiar School.

The Semco Style is based on Ricardo’s leadership philosophy and the programs offered by the Semco Style Institute have been developed in full cooperation with Ricardo and his team, the Semco Style Guardians – a select group of individuals who were first-hand involved in the success of the Semco Group.

The Semco Style Institute was originally founded by Ricardo Semler, along with three Dutch entrepreneurs – Arko van Brakel, Farouk el Kodady and Luuk Willems. The Semco Style Institute commenced operations in May 2016 in the Netherlands and is working with national and international partners to bring the Semco Style Institute programs to other countries, and to grow an international network of Semco Style Certified Consultants. Subsequently in these ventures to expand internationally, the Semco Style Institute South Africa was founded in January 2018 by three South African entrepreneurs – Johan Ludik, Gustav Griessel and Christiaan Grové. Individuals with a strong background in industrial psychology, education, business development, leadership, industrial engineering and consulting.



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