About Team-i

Team-i teamwork and leadership programmes

The teamwork secrets and strategy of elite sport can be transferred to your business through our unique training programmes.

Launched by Tim Thurston, an experienced managing director and business leader and Kai Horstmann, leading Exeter Chiefs player and a veteran of over 200 top flight games of rugby,  the series of training courses for business give an insight into teamwork and planning strategies that have made elite teams successful and how they can be applied to the workplace.

Sessions which are delivered by professional sports players and experienced business leaders include the following:

  • The nine key elements of  successful teams.
  • Ensuring roles, engagement and culture are right.
  • Leadership styles and successful strategies.
  • Empowering your workforce.
  • Effective motivation techniques.
  • Flexible decision-making.
  • Strategies for ongoing success.

Kai said: “I am truly excited to be launching this series of training programmes, which will emphasise the importance of having fun and working hard as a team to build success in business.

“I have been fortunate enough to play in some successful teams whose culture and planning strategies have led to success on the field, none more so than my proudest moment when I played in the Exeter Chiefs’ Aviva Premiership winning side at Twickenham in May 2017.

“A successful on-field team in rugby can only be achieved through proper planning and teamwork. There is no doubt these skills and strategies can be transferred to business and I look forward to helping firms build a bright future based on the experience I have.”

Listen to Kai explaining our philosophy and how rugby is the ultimate team game:

Listen to Kai explaining how clear leadership is essential to the success of an elite rugby team:

As well as using rugby for references of exceptional teamwork and leadership, Team-i are also working with British World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Modern Pentathlete Samantha Murray. Sam gives unique insight into teamwork and planning strategies from her career  and demonstrates how these principles can be integrated into your business. On signing up with Team-i, Sam said:

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people during my career as an elite athlete, and I really look forward to sharing some of the secrets to my success.

“An athlete is only successful with the support and backup of a fantastic off-field team. This teamwork requires through planning and preparation. I believe there is no doubt that these skills and strategies can be transferred to business and I look forward to helping firms build a bright future based on the experience I have.”