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Sample Programmes

Please bear in mind that this is an example and may not be at all suitable for your individuals, team or organisation and is purely one programme among many!

Sample 2 day programme for a newly formed team



  • Team roles
  • Learning styles
  • Change
  • Leadership styles


To explore self- awareness and organisational development.
To provide learning opportunities to help the team achieve higher performance within the workplace
To stimulate discussion of work related issues through facilitated reviews
To provide a theoretical underpinning of key objectives


By the end of the programme participants will have:-

  • Reviewed and improved their teams effectiveness
  • Identified areas for further improvement of the team
  • Understood learning styles and their relevance both of individual and team performance
  • Understood and explored how ‘appropriate leadership style’ changes as circumstances vary
  • Considered motivation in relation to ‘change issues’ within the work place
  • Prepared a personal action plan

Words in italics below are tasks used, and may not be ‘quite’ what the title might imply!

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Day 1

0830 Coffee, bacon rolls and Intro to skippers

0900 ‘The way It works’ 
An ‘icebreaker’ getting the group to work together using ‘Reef knot’ or ‘Concentric circles’ Introduce Review process and Johari’s window

0930 Communication & Delegation 
A safety briefing and simple inventory check on the yacht during which the crew/s are familiarised with the yacht/s.

1000 Tasks ‘Depth’, ‘Spinnaker’, ‘Photo’ (looking at leadership styles)
Identifying own and others styles. Looking at developing ‘appropriate styles’ of leadership
Review. Individual will begin to identify personal learning points on which to focus.

1100 Briefing for project 
The team are to submit a tender to win a contract to run a sailing day trip service. Trips are to run each morning from Cowes Yacht Haven to Hamble town quay.
A plan must be prepared and executed, getting the yacht to Cowes Yacht Haven. En-route steps should be taken that will assist you with the tender. (see briefing sheet)
The assessment for the team will take place the following morning where they must execute a trip to include objectives set on the briefing sheet.
It is expected that by using information provided, that they will identify key issues; decide areas of responsibility; and appoint roles.
The team can question their ‘consultant’ to acquire information relevant to their objectives.
This is carefully facilitated so that the group remain focused on the process issues relevant to them.

Basic information is readily available so that sailing functions can be divided between crew members. Getting the boat sailing to various locations is their responsibility (safety paramount with skipper’s control).

1800 Debrief 
What was learnt… linked to course objectives e.g. team issues; Dealing with change; considering environmental issues beyond their control.
The team have by this stage set their own objectives, have been ambitious in order to win the contract and are therefore likely to have put themselves under pressure.
They have internal customers (other functions on the yacht), A time table and objectives to meet.

2000 Dinner Ashore

Day 2

0800 Breakfast aboard
Implementation of the team plan

Submission of provisional ‘tender’ papers and implementation of their plan.
The team have by this stage set their own objectives, have been ambitious in order to prepare a winning ‘bid’, and are therefore likely to have put themselves under pressure.
They have internal customers (other yacht functions), a time table and objectives to meet.
En-route, Using, putting plan into action and revising, for final submission of tender

1500 Moored at original berth
Review and completion of personal action plans, considering factors affecting its implementation

1700 Team Depart