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If you build pyramids, you should expect mummies. If you create a horizontal organization, you leave room for autonomy and trust. Autonomous, self-organizing teams succeed because they have a greater sense of responsibility, can respond faster to change and accelerate innovation. The people in these teams are happier and they in turn lead to happier customers. Join us and release the innate capacity of your employees to adapt, perform better and be entrepreneurial in their thinking. Then, sit back and watch your growth naturally soar.

Ricardo Semler and his company Semco gained international recognition for the groundbreaking alternative approach to management and organization they embodied. The Semco Style Institute (SSI), which was built upon this strong foundation, began operations in May 2016 in the Netherlands. Today, SSI is active in ten countries and actively supports multiple organizations that range from fast-growing small-to-mid sized enterprises to multinational corporate companies. SSI’s mission is to shape the future of work and we do so by helping organizations achieve more impact and better performance, with employees who are happier and more engaged.
Read more about Ricardo Semler and the origin of the Semco Style Institute .


We believe that the way most companies work is obsolete, and that work can be done in a way that’s better for the people involved – whether they’re clients or employees. There’s no denying that people-centric organizations are the future of work. And, we’re spearheading that transformation as we speak.


We bust bureaucracy and promote performance by organizing around trust and engagement. We center management around small, multidisciplinary teams and focus less on hierarchy and processes.


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

The Semco Style methodology is all about adding your own recipe to the world’s best management cookbook. Our three favorite ingredients are:

Maverick Ricardo Semler’s 40-year experience, and the Semco Style network, lay a solid foundation for proven success that draws from effective organizational transformations worldwide.

The Semco Style Framework: Five pivotal principles, 15 pillars and 100+ practices that will guide you towards a clear view of your own ideal of self-organization.


The answers to the two most commonly asked questions “Where do I begin?” and “what comes next?”. After working with companies ranging from corporations to small-and mid-sized companies, all over the world, we began documenting a step-by-step process towards self-management. The result is our flagship Semco Style Roadmap – created to help you pave your own way to self-management.

Semco Style Framework

Semco Style Roadmap

Global Network

Ever since it was founded in 2016, in the Netherlands, Semco Style Institute has seen rapid growth. Within four years, we expanded our network to ten countries, began serving 100+ clients through 200+ consultants. And, there’s a lot more to come!


Clients worldwide

Consultants worldwide


Whether it’s through consultation or our training programs, we aim to change the way work works through one high-impact intervention at a time.


There’s no place for old-style, boring and ineffective consulting with us.
Curious how we can be of help to your organization? Just reach out to us and explore the options!

Training Programs

Many training and programs with the aim of helping companies.


Over the years, we have created a vast database of tools, case studies, exercises and scans that we built while working with our clients. Here’s a selection of our tools that can help your organization:

Team Selfie

The Semco Style Team Selfie is a powerful tool for team and organizational development. It gives employees a shared language and the necessary understanding of the current environment to kickstart sustainable change.​

The tool is focused on the larger organization and the teams operating within it. It gives custom reports on individual-, team- and organizational level that contains insights into the degree of maturity of self-organization, self-management, trust, psychological safety, creative innovation, alternative controls for remote work and much more!​

The Semco Style Team Selfie consists of 45 carefully picked questions, and is designed to scan your team based on the Semco Style Framework. The results show how the team can better influence the circumstances that enable autonomous decision making, and how they can become self-organized and agile.


The Semco Style Team Selfie Sample is a self-managed quick scan. It consists of 15 of the 45 questions in the Professional version. ​

It is focused on your individual answers and is aimed at giving you a feel for how the Team Selfie works and the type of report that it generates.​

After completion, you immediately receive a personalized report based on your answers. It contains practical tips and advice on how you can become more people-oriented, agile and to improve the way you work.


Shaping the future of work is what we aim for. One of the ways we do this is by offering free content in the form of e-books and blog articles. A selection of our free content that will get you started:

5 Steps and 15 Work Practices to Enhance Psychological Safety

5 Steps and 15 Work Practices to Enhance Psychological Safety

Semco Style practically equips leaders with a framework to lead, manage and inspire distributed teams and create an employee friendly culture characterized by psychological safety.   In our recent article Psychological Safety: Leading remote teams in a distributed...

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How do you organize your organization?

How do you organize your organization?

How do you organize your organization in the 6 ft. economy? Irrespective of the long-term vision organizations have on working from home, we all have to face challenges, in the short-term, working as well as possible without physical contact. One thing, however, is...

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