Playful Leadership Programme

The Playful Leadership programme is a path towards personal mastery and effective leadership. Playful Leadership is a unique approach to leadership based on the powerful quadruplet of Play Science, neuroscience, psychology and coaching.

According to child development experts, play is the most effective and efficient way of enabling children to learn, lead, collaborate and be at their best. It turns out this also holds true for adults, especially when it comes to organisational change, based on Portia’s 20 years of working and playing with adults in organisations large and small.

Playful Leadership: Foundation Part I

In this highly interactive and thought-provoking 2-day course you will experience the catalysing power of play and gain an understanding of how play can convert seemingly relentless resistance to change into joyful anticipation of growth instead. You will learn about the benefits of play firsthand and, with your new knowledge of play, create your own play profile, identify your play preferences as well define and develop your own authentic leadership strategy. Find out more here.

Playful Leadership: Foundation Part II

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to explore the four aspects of Ikigai: What you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs. Through a range of creative, energising, revitalising and thought-provoking activities based on Play Science (including Multiple Intelligences, Play Styles and Play Types), you will leave this session with a clearer understanding of your Ikigai to get you jumping out of bed each morning and ideas for having more fun at work when you arrive as well as ideas to enable others to do the same.

This course follows on from the Playful Leadership Foundation II course and provides a refresher on core concepts covered in the foundation course as well additional concepts to deepen your appreciation and practice of personal transformation through play. Find out more here.

Where True Play Happens

Prior to February 2020, this programme took place in the beautiful play space of Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire, a stunning Grade I listed mansion as featured in film and television projects as Pride and Prejudice, The Meaning of Life, and Black Beauty. Chicheley Hall is also the home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, a venue for residential events. As the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, The Royal Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in science and is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists.

From 2021 this programme will take place in the idyllic play space of Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, England, a property which dates back over 700 years with significant residents such as King Henry VIII, a wartime hospital and most recently, the world-renowned Ashridge Hult Business School. Ashridge House is a tranquil retreat set in 190 acres of parkland, moments from the national rail and road network. Convenient for London, its airports and the Midlands, Ashridge House is accessible from Berkhamsted Railway Station (from Euston-Berkhamsted 40 minutes), complete with extensive on-site parking. And, yes. it really does look and feel like Hogwarts.

Below are the provisional dates for upcoming courses. We will update the dates as we learn more about COVID-19.

2021 Course Dates

  • Playful Leadership Foundation Part I @ Ashridge House – 26-27 July 2021, Hertfordshire, UK
  • Playful Leadership Foundation Part II @ Ashridge House – 25-26 October 2021, Hertfordshire, UK