Common Purpose

Pitstops are client-specific leadership development interventions for teams from within an organization.


Pitstops are client-specific leadership development interventions for teams from within an organization.

Pitstop modules are designed to address a particular organizational need. For example, an organization might need their leaders and teams to:

  • Influence beyond their immediate authority - inside and outside of their organization
  • Understand power and its sources
  • Lead in unfamiliar territory
  • Broaden their perspective
  • Know the benefits that come with organizational diversity

Common Purpose can help organizations address all of these, by applying our approach of: pushing leaders outwards; supporting learning from others; offering new insights; and challenging participants to broaden their networks and horizons.

Navigator Programme Participant, Not-for-profit Sector

I would definitely recommend the Navigator programme to anyone who wants to learn more about what it takes to be a good manager. Every day we met senior staff from a variety of organizations and sectors in Ireland. From them, we learned first-hand how they managed their day-to-day work, as well as preparing for and overcoming the unexpected. It was one of the best programmes I've done.

Programme Format and Location


Depending on your needs, a Pitstop can be in the form of a ½-day, 1-day or 2-day programme, with the option to include follow-up sessions and modules.

We bring a toolkit of tried-and-tested methods and approaches gathered from over 20 years of developing leaders of all ages and from all parts of society. These include:

Facilitated conversations and dialogue - We have a proven track record of facilitating high-level, transformative conversations amongst leaders. We use a wide variety of different techniques for this, which include open space technology, appreciative enquiry, café conversations and storytelling.

Common Purpose Learning Groups, based on Action Learning Sets, using the sequence of experience, reflection and action.

Structured reflection time to identify and apply the learning back to your own leadership challenges.
Opportunities to learn from conversations with inspiring and challenging leaders who have taken risks and led change in a wide range of contexts.

Behind-the-scenes visits to organizations and frank conversations with senior leaders from areas outside your own sector, to learn about their realities of decisionmaking and leadership.


Pitstops are run across Ireland and can take place in your office or any suitable location of your choosing. It is the responsibility of the client to secure a venue and arrange the catering for the Pitstop.

Programme Participant, Public Sector

I found the course to be so interesting and extremely insightful. I learnt a lot about myself, and I took great solace in hearing people from different professional standings and backgrounds articulate extremely similar worries, likes, dislikes and opinions to my own.

Applying to the programme

Get in touch

More information on Pitstops can be obtained by contacting your local Common Purpose team.

For Dublin enquiries please contact  Ria Flom on (01) 872 9322 or email

For Cork, Limerick, and all other locations around Ireland please contact Isobel Phillips on (01) 872 9322 or email

For general questions, please get in touch using the online enquiries form.


Programme costs

The programme costs include coordination, chairing, materials and provision for sourcing and/or briefing external contributors for up to 30 participants. Some modifications to cost, content, participant group size and duration can be made.

The cost for our Pitstop programmes averages out at €3,000 per day. Common Purpose will work with your organisation to come to an arrangement that will suit all.