Happy Workplace CEO and Senior Leadership Programme

A transformational four-day Leadership event over four months supported by one-to-one coaching with your facilitator.

Are you looking to create a culture of joy at work, where your people are motivated and engaged, where accountability is high and stress is low?

A happy workplace leads to greater productivity and tangible business results. This programme is about placing people at the heart of what you and your managers do.

It is aimed at CEOs and Senior Leaders and is spread over four months. It is a unique opportunity to self-reflect, change behaviour and create a positive culture that embeds these practices into your organisation. You will be learning alongside other senior leaders and hearing about their experiences of leadership.

Course Overview

  • Duration

    4 days
  • Location

    Interactive online sessions delivered via Zoom. The link is sent to you after booking.


    Public classroom sessions are held at 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE

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  • Requirements

    This programme is aimed at CEOs, Directors and senior leaders of organisations. Our Happy Workplace Leadership Programme is designed for those with line management responsibility.

Course Overview

What you will learn

Based upon our own practical experience at Happy and learning from some of the world’s great workplaces (like Google and WL Gore) it will enable you to become a leader that people would choose to be led by.

The programme is underpinned by two coaching sessions focused on your impact and developing a culture of people taking responsibility and feeling motivated. We also ask you to work with other delegates between days to reflect on and develop the learning from the programme.

This programme is aimed at CEOs, Directors and senior leaders of organisations. Our Happy Workplace Leadership Programme is designed for those with line management responsibility.

Key outcomes

Happy's Senior Leadership programme will help you become the best leader you can be within the context of your professional role. It will increase your ability to lead through others with confidence, and extend your range of capabilities, through a deeper understanding of yourself and your impact on others.

  • Become a credible leader that inspires trust
  • Establish the strategy and vision that your business needs
  • Create an agile and responsive team working within clear values and principles
  • Build greater trust and autonomy for your managers and through them, for your people
  • Build high performing teams working to their strengths and to a common goal
  • A culture with high levels of accountability within the team, enabling people to deliver high quality on time

A Menu of Key Themes to be Included

This programme is all about maximising your leadership scope of influence and progression — gaining the confidence, knowledge and sustainable skills to make the transition to greater professional impact.

Your programme can be tailored to your needs, but can include some of the following areas.

You may also want to consider our Level 7 Senior Leadership programme — the equivalent of a 'Happy MBA'. This 26-month Level 7 programme is for Senior Leaders who want a cultural transformation of their workplace. To apply, you must be ready to apply the concepts you learn in your organisation, and be ready to create a workplace based on trust and freedom for your people.

Pre-programme Preparation

  • Complete an online self-reflection questionnaire around your current leadership style
  • Complete an online questionnaire to identify your communication style

Day One: All about You as a Leader and the Impact You Have

Day one of the programme is all about you and your leadership style. It is about how to bring out the best in yourself and others, whilst being authentic. You will be excited about your role as a leader, and will have the space and opportunity to self-reflect in order to create the culture you want for your business.

  • The core of an effective culture: why put people at the heart of what you do?
  • Understand the difference between someone who truly leads as opposed to someone who manages
  • Identify who you are as a leader, your leadership attitudes and skills, and how these can shape the culture of your business
  • Learn the key secrets of how to create a happy successful workplace from Happy's CEO Henry Stewart, author of the Happy Manifesto
  • Using your pre-programme preparation, understand your communication style and the impact it can have on your team and their teams
  • Learn the skills to become a multiplier of your people's talents
  • We also provide the Happy Workplace Planner and online portal to support you in building a positive culture that embeds these practices into your business.

Preparation and eLearning plus Connection Between Days One and Two

  • Discover how to be more productive and less 'busy' by identifying and changing your reflection, prioritising, email and meeting habits
  • Reflect on and develop a clear statement of your purpose as a leader
  • Connect with your buddy - review your insights from the programme and plan your actions
  • Optional: meet and review your learning with fellow delegates from the programme

Day Two: All About Valuing Self and Others

Day two of the programme is all about learning and applying the tools you need to help your people feel resilient, empowered and valued. You will achieve this by focusing on understanding and nurturing resilience for yourself and others, understanding what can create interpersonal conflicts using the TA model, practical exercises based around active listening and coaching your people to success.

  • The three resilience energies – physical, mental and emotional and how you can harness these to support and develop your own resilience and that of your team
  • Use Transactional Analysis to understand some of the interpersonal dynamics in your business
  • The core of great leadership: coaching your team to success by empowering them to discover their own solutions
  • Your role as coach and understanding what works and what doesn't
  • Why, and how, to use TED invitations and the GROW model to develop your coaching skills
  • Practice coaching and being coached
  • Create a culture that puts valuing people at its heart

Online Questionnaire and Connection Between Days Two and Three

  • Discover your top five strengths through a robust on-line questionnaire developed by Gallup, StrengthsFinder.
  • Connect with your buddy - review your insights from the programme and plan your actions
  • Optional: meet and review your learning with fellow delegates from the programme

Day Three: Motivation in a High-Trust Culture

Day three of the programme is all about understanding and applying a culture of autonomy and job ownership enabling and empowering your team to be the best they can be. A key part of this is learning about your strengths and how they enable you as a leader, as well as giving you a tool to discover the strengths of your people.

  • Discover the three key elements that research shows are the real motivators for high performance
  • Learn the power of purpose and the potential for positive change when this is paired with people setting their own targets
  • Discover the four domains of leadership strength
  • Review how well you know your team’s strengths and how much they are using them in their roles
  • Re-imagine you team’s potential when you are all working to your strengths
  • Enable trust and autonomy, within clear guidelines to create true job ownership
  • Pre-approval — what is it, what are the benefits of it and how to implement it?
  • Who makes the decisions currently and what might you change about this?
  • Work on specific motivation challenges you and fellow delegates face

Preparation and Online Questionnaires Between Days Three (after two months) and Four

  • Prepare a two-minute presentation on your leadership purpose and who you are now as a leader based on what you have learnt and the culture you want to create
  • Complete a second online self-reflection questionnaire around your leadership style now
  • Connect with your buddy — review your insights from the programme and plan your actions
  • Optional: meet and review your learning with fellow delegates from the programme

Day Four: Setting You and Your Business up to Succeed

The fourth and final day of the programme is all about preparing for the future. You will review the progress you have already made and create a vision for where you want your business to be in the future. It will enable you to recruit the right people for the culture you want and ensure that you build constructive working relationship with them. You will present back your leadership purpose and learning journey to the group and make plans for how you will bring your vision to life.

  • A reflective journey — recap and summary of what has been covered, what you have applied and transformed, and what your challenges are
  • An overview of the key to recruiting the right team members and ensuring their induction is a motivating experience
  • Learn the basic building blocks for developing a winning strategy
  • What makes change successful? Understand the key elements of implementing change that sticks.
  • Identify what you might adapt so it works for you, your team and your business
  • Understand and learn the process of building sustainable habits and changing behaviours long term, to embed the learning and create real action
  • Present back your leadership purpose and vision for yourself and your business
  • Draw up a personal, practical action plan beyond the programme
  • Optional: discuss any plans to maintain contact/connect with each other beyond the programme

Why choose the Happy Workplace Leadership Programme?

  • Discover and fulfil your potential
  • Enable work cultures based on trust and freedom
  • Learn best practice from the truly great workplaces
  • Be involved, engaged and challenged
  • Learn practical skills to apply straight away

Group Learning Events

Looking for a private group event for your team, or even your whole organisation?

We can organise a date that works for you, and we can tailor the content to your team. Our private workshops can be held online, inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London (following current government guidelines).

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What's it like to learn with Happy?

Be involved, engaged and challenged in our leadership programmes. In this video, Happy's Managing Director, Cathy Busani, delivers a session on Google’s Project Oxygen and the qualities of a great manager.

Our Approach to Programme Delivery

Every programme is designed to ensure complete individual involvement and participation. It will stimulate your thinking and challenge you. The key focus is on practical skills and real outcomes throughout. The content will involve an innovative and engaging blend of activities so that you can directly apply it to your current performance and your future success.

The four days are spread over four months to ensure it has a real impact and you get the chance to embed what you learn. It will include pre-course work and action in-between the days.

The programme is supported by two one-to-one coaching sessions with your facilitator. The coaching is focused on you and thinking about the impact you are having on the business culture you are trying to develop. It is time to really drill down into the specific things you want to achieve and the steps you need to take.

About your facilitator: Cathy Busani

At Happy since March 1995, Cathy originally started as an IT trainer. Although having little experience in the industry, within just six months she was voted in by the training team as their manager. Shortly after, she took over the role of Managing Director.

Since 2003, Cathy’s focus has been on helping others to feel joyful at work. Through consultancy, a wide range of training programmes, conflict management, executive coaching, and as an impassioned conference speaker, she enables people to be the best version of themselves. She delivers positive organisational change, enabling those she works with to create great workplaces which are happier, more productive and financially secure.

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Happy Workplace CEO and Senior Leadership Programme
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Why choose Happy?

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed
  • Fun and interactive workshops, whether online or face-to-face
  • Learn in a confidential environment with our experienced facilitators
  • Small class sizes to give personal one-to-one support
  • Private group options available
  • No quibble money-back guarantee on all courses

The Small Print

All public classroom sessions take place at Happy's HQ in London at Robert Dolan House, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE. Please see our Contact Us page for full directions and a PDF map.

Each day of the course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at hello@happy.co.uk.

Did you know...

...a simple challenge to normal practice is to spend one meeting only asking questions?

The ability to ask good questions is a central tenet of strong leadership. Putting away your usual directives and reaching out to staff is a great way to summon useful feedback and foster workplace unity.

Happy offers a number of other leadership and management programmes including:

Managing Change Positively to enable you to support your team through change and provide a clear understanding of how to involve people. Find out more

How to Have Conversations that Matter for Leaders & Managers to enable you to have successful conversations with team members and colleagues. Find out more