Common Purpose

Common Purpose Pitstops are our 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.

Pitstop Participant, Department of Social Protection

“I have really enjoyed the programme and the opportunity it has given me to reflect on various aspects of my role and my life overall. I have found it a very positive and useful experience, and I am looking now at ways I can make use of the methodologies with my team. More importantly am looking at how to continue my own development.”

What are the benefits to your organisation?

Our Pitstop programmes can facilitate participants from your team to:

  • explore their leadership potential
  • reflect on their professional leadership qualities
  • be challenged to take on board new and challenging perspectives
  • be inspired to bring their leadership abilities to a bigger picture
  • develop greater understanding, innovation and engagement across the sectors
  • feel empowered to realise and deliver more effective leadership within and across business, the community and public services.

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: 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: Visit organizations and have frank conversations with senior leaders from areas outside your own sector, to learn about their realities of decision-making 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.

Applying to the programme

Get in touch

For enquiries please contact on (01) 872 9322, email, or 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 and duration can be made; the cost averages €3,000 per day.

If you cannot pay the full fee, please do not be deterred from contacting the team to explore options. Common Purpose will work with your organisation to come to an arrangement that will suit all.


Pitstop Participant, Irish Exporters Association

“I believe today revealed there is a common desire, in all present, to better themselves professionally and to better the goals of the association.”