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Open Manager Cohorts

Purposeful, practical, peer-led learning

A social and experimental space in which to rapidly build your confidence to lead and manage others. Expertly guided through our Core Four modules; you'll learn among a cohort of supportive peers, committing to action together.

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For people-managers who:

• Are just getting going and want to get it right
• Have been managing for a while, but feel they never covered the core skills
• Have recently been promoted, and are feeling the shift in expectation
• Value continual, action-oriented learning
• Enjoy learning, and sharing among peers

Really immersive, virtual learning
Really immersive, virtual learning

From tactile physical elements direct to your doormat, to collaborative and interactive workshop environments — we've designed a hands-on, lean in learning experience that participants love, and that arms everyone with timely tools to experiment with right away.

The Core Four

The modules you'll collaboratively explore

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1. Strengths and Styles

Upping our understanding of our strengths and leadership style tendencies is an excellent starting point on the journey towards authentic and situational management. And the purposeful recognition of strengths in our teams, will be key to our success in leading them.

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2. The Coach Approach

For modern managers, a coaching mindset is a must have. When we practice a coaching approach (among a toolkit of complementary leadership styles), we boost autonomy, build development mindsets and ultimately save our own time by empowering others to think, decide and act.

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3. Owning Feedback

Growth minded managers need to be both providing feedback frequently, effectively and with the right weighting towards the positive; and regularly asking for feedback in the right way to set themselves and their teams up for success together.

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4. Connected Conversations

Establishing the right cadence of different kinds of performance conversations — from informal check-ins and structured 1-1s to fuller appraisals — is a key consideration. And within these conversations, managers can intentionally 'connect' into goals, values, strengths and development objectives.

Prefer a PDF?
Prefer a PDF?

This short PDF expands on our Core Four foundational modules for modern managers, with further learning outcomes and an insight to some of the additional managerial topics we explore with our partners teams — from leading hybrid teams to dealing with conflict, designing development plans to strategic thinking.

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The Programme on a page

Eight transformative weeks

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The programme journey


Enable yourself to enable others

Programme principles

Peer-led learning

Participants work and learn among supportive cohorts of peers; contracting around social learning principles, working together in the service of each others' development — and with group accountability baked in.

The action's in-between

Buddies, mini-missions, reflection prompts, transfer tasks and other social touches ensure that everything covered is put into glorious practice, with each new session beginning with a check in on what's changed since last time.

Nudge, nudge. Think, think

Tailored bursts of micro-learning support the live group experiences; served up in brain friendly, bite-size doses between them. The invitation is to continually try and apply new tactics, mindsets and experiments within real team and relational contexts.

Community based, lifelong learning

Participants join our super-active alumni community of practice — continually invited to benefit from a thriving ongoing calendar of coaching circles, live events and digital learning opportunities.

“Unlike any development programme I’ve taken part in before. This felt more like a series of powerful conversations that fundamentally changed how I think about my work and my style as a manager.“

Daniel, StudioXAG
Costs and learning more
Costs and learning more

We've enabled thousands of managers at hundreds of partner organisations including: GiffGaff, The Modern House, Universal Records, Koto, Frieze, Cubitts, Shelter, The V&A Museum, Farfetch, Action for Children, Scope, Pip & Nut, The Trainline, Getty Images and many, many more. To learn more about pricing options, or if you've any questions — email hello@ycn.org or call + 44 (0)20 7033 2140.