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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 11 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We believe that the way most companies work is obsolete, and that work can be done in a way that’s better for the people involved – whether they’re clients or employees.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 five years, we expanded our network to 14 countries, began serving 500+ clients through 700+ consultants. And, there’s a lot more to come!

Country Partners

Clients worldwide

Consultants worldwide

Our Country Partners

Do you want to join us shaping the future of work in your country? Become our country partner and benefit from our International Licensing Program, hand-curated by Ricardo Semler.

Are you a Semco Style advocate that is looking for an in-depth study? we have developed a unique international online program just for you. It offers you the opportunity to become a certified Semco Style consultant and can be a great first step towards a future Country Partnership.


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 of the Team Selfie. ​

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.


The AEM-Cube is a cutting-edge management tool that identifies and aligns the strategic diversity in teams: Does the diversity of people match with what’s required from a team, given its purpose and tasks? By mapping out individuals, teams and organizations the tool also visualizes the level of health in the organization, as an ecological system, and allows for specific interventions and actions to be taken.


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:
The Great Resignation: How to Stop Losing Your Talent

The Great Resignation: How to Stop Losing Your Talent

An article by Christian Wandeler, Semco Style Institute USA The Great Resignation: How to Stop Losing Your Talent Companies across the globe, and particularly those in the US, are facing a great challenge: people are quitting their jobs or people are checking out. One...

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With Freedom, Comes Responsibility – The SSI Culture Code

With Freedom, Comes Responsibility – The SSI Culture Code

An article by Eveline Hadewegg Scheffer, Semco Style Institute People’s behavior has fascinated me since I was young. I’ve always been curious about why people do what they do and what makes them click. At times, I find myself people-watching just out of curiosity. At...

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Five Ways To Boost Agility

Five Ways To Boost Agility

An article by Rajesh Navaneetham, Semco Style Institute India What is Agile Culture and what are its essentials? Agile has clearly caught the world’s fancy, and in the last two decades its adoption has expanded beyond software. And for good reason. Companies are...

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An inspirational keynote would complete your next event perfectly? You would like to spread some fresh spirit within your company and invite people to see things from a different angle? Our founders Ricardo Semler, Luuk Willems and Arko van Brakel are available for speaking engagements. Each one of them can look back to an eventful, inspirational and educational journey – and they have a keen interest in sharing their experiences! For a short bio and more details about their specialties and topics, click on the button below.


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