Our ongoing partnership with Dr. Martens focusses on building practical people-skills among people managers around the world — in social and motivating ways.

We began working with the footwear and culture maker in 2019, bringing together 120 members of its global management team for a two day event. We partnered with the senior leadership team to design, develop and deliver socially driven and practical skills-building content across the two days. Key YCN bite-sized workshops were adapted and delivered by our coach-facilitators, with resources and engagement post-event supporting the transfer of new learning and behaviours back to work.

Content designed and delivered included:

• Pre-event engagement to establish curiosity among those coming along.

• Bite-sized, energising and interactive 90-minute workshops focussed on Coaching Mindsets and Owning Feedback; adapting content from our core programme for multiple delivery to groups of 40 delegates over the course of the first day.

• A newly created 90 minute workshop — Global Learnings, that brought together cross-cultural, cross-functional groups to run retrospectives on good working practice, and areas for improvement.

• Physical 'learning packs' to support the content shared in the in-person sessions and enable participants to dig deeper into the topics through printed and digital resources.

• Design and delivery of A LEGO Serious Play workshop to ensure the discussion of key learnings, and the capture of action commitments at the close of the second day; with expert facilitation from Sean Blair.


We are currently working with the business on a global manager development programme to enable people-managers around the world to have 'Even Better Conversations' with their direct reports — through a bespoke series of bite-sized training workshops and peer coaching groups.

Printed resources for workshop participants

YCN Associate Practitioners Kate Rees, Erik Rodin, Hannah Lidgate, Scott Morrison, Ella Reynolds and Liz Whitney

YCN Associate Practitioner Liz Whitney facilitating a Coaching Mindsets workshop

Time 4 Tomorrow workshop space

YCN's Ella Reynolds and Associate Practitioner Scott Morrison

A LEGO Serious Play session to land learning

Partner with us

We provide growth-oriented organisations of all shapes and sizes with social, motivating and behaviourally-driven approaches to building capability throughout their teams — wherever they’re working from.

With an emphasis on virtual and remote delivery; our pioneering programmes bring people together to build skills among peers, and immediately apply them to the commercial and cultural challenges of the day.

To learn more about our transformative work with partners ranging from Dr. Martens to Dishoom, Adidas to Action for Children; and to explore ways we can support your teams — email Nick Defty or call +44 (0)20 7033 2140.

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