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Be More Pirate cuts through all the usual away days and power points, giving teams new motivation, agency and permission to update outdated rules
Simon Pyne, Founder, Greener Energy Futures
“I attended ‘Be More Pirate’ as part of a recent Business Analysis conference in 2022 and it was one of the best half day workshops I’ve attended in over 15 years in leadership! Truly thought provoking, and an entirely different way of looking at identifying, instigating and leading bold changes not only in the workplace, but my personal and family life too.
Alex is an excellent story teller and kept a room of over 100 people completely engaged throughout. On returning to the office I asked for an agenda slot at our upcoming Business Engagement Team away day to share my story. We had to move the next agenda item as result of the positive discussion and Q&A the story generated amongst the team!
Our Head of IT still asks us “are we being pirate enough?” on a regular basis. On a personal level, I’ve gone from making tactical sticking plaster fixes to leading an enterprise wide strategy to properly address some of the issues our company is facing knowing that’s where the real focus needs to be to see sustained embedded change for the good”.
A reframe of pirates as the social revolutionaries of the 1700s and pioneers of everything from equal pay to same sex marriage
The blueprint for good culture: how pirates created trust, transparency and accountability through writing a set of new rules
A closer look at why challenging the status quo is often the responsible choice, if it's done well.
Unleash the team's imagination by exploring what is unfamiliar, unknown and perhaps a bit uncomfortable - here lies treasure.
Relatable, practical examples from other teams and companies who've written their codes, taken some risks and reaped the rewards.
Throughout the workshop the team will be given a series of cognitive challenges, culminating in the task of writing some new rules and taking the first small bold steps.
"I loved the Be More Pirate session and it came at a time mentally, when being challenged by staff, was wounding.
During Alex's session, I adjusted my thinking to a particular staff member's challenge as I realised she was actually speaking up in an attempt to keep people safe. I called the staff member up the next day and thanked her for asking the challenging question, told her what I would do as a result and asked her what she thought of my response.
She was really pleased that she was heard and apologised for dropping it on me at an inappropriate time. She said that in the future she would speak to me at the time and not stew on a question until it blurted out.
We both came out of the challenge in a healthy and connected way. I’ve since referred to being More Pirate on many occasions and in my discussions with our Executive Team. "