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First Time Leaders
Positive skills-building for purposeful people-managers

Motivating learning for modern managers

Our punchy, proven and performance-enhancing accelerator provides recently promoted people managers with practical and immediately applicable skills to thrive and support others in the modern world of work.

The programme is available to your teams directly, or in cross-organisational cohorts; with six core modules explored through a series of live experiential workshops, action assignments and supporting micro-learning — and with optional 1-1 coaching on offer too.


Accessing the programme

Open cohorts, or direct to teams anywhere

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Open cohorts

Give your people managers access to the perspectives of diverse and supportive peers, in our regularly launched cross-organisational First Time Leaders cohorts

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Direct to your team

We can bring the programme, adapted and tailored where necessary to reflect cultural cues and commercial priorities, to cohorts of your people managers anywhere in the world.


Six motivating modules

Relevant, practical and actionable learning

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 task 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.


Science-backed, expert led

Cohorts are guided by accredited YCN coach-facilitators throughout, and welcoming in a cast of subject experts to join key sessions around their specific experiences. And all aspects of the programme delivery are rooted in proven and practical behavioural science.


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

Coming open cohorts

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April '22 dates

All Wednesdays 11am—1pm UK time. 13th April, 27th April, 11th May, 25th May, 8th June, 22nd June

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May '22 dates

All Tuesdays 11am – 1pm UK time. 31st May, 14th June, 28th June, 19th July, 2nd August, 16th August.

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June '22 dates

All Tuesday's 3.30pm—5.30pm UK time. 14th June, 28th June, 19th July, 2nd August, 16th August, 30th August.

The programme on a page

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Want to learn more about First Time Leaders?
Want to learn more about First Time Leaders?

We've supersized the thinking of thousands of managers at hundreds of organisations including: Ted Baker, 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 more. To talk to programme facilitator Katy Kent, or a member of the You Can Now team, email hello@ycn.org or call + 44 (0)20 7033 2140.