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About the course

What is a Mesa?

Mesa is a team-based work system designed to solve complex problems (that depend on many variables), capable of unlocking people's full potential to process more and execute faster. In Mesa.School, you learn the principles of the method - concepts that will transform your view on work and leadership - and the steps to find your team and guide your process.


How is the course structured?

The course has 18 video lessons, each one with around 12 minutes. On them, Mesa Company founder and method creator Bárbara Soalheiro, teaches the method applied in more than 200 Mesas.

Here you can get to know the course plan, class by class.

  • What is a Mesa?
  • A first overview of Mesa Method and what it looks like.
  • Mesa Essentials
  • The seven essential things that make up Mesa Method.
  • Frame the problem
  • How to define the challenge you will work with in your Mesa.
  • Write the mission
  • Transforming a complex problem into a powerful mission.
  • Deciding the Pillars
  • Split your mission into all the knowledge and skills you need to solve it.
  • Find your Team
  • How to confirm the people you want to work with.
  • Mesa Experience
  • An overview on all the practical details for you to create the best work experience possible.
  • Preparing Day 1
  • Preparing a detailed script and the speeches for the first day of a Mesa.
  • Day 1 | The download of a content day
  • All you need to know about the first day of a Mesa.
  • Day 2 | Opening the mission
  • All you need to know about the second day of a Mesa.
  • Entering the unknown
  • A few important things before you go into day 3.
  • Day 3 | Making Decisions
  • All you need to know about the third day of a Mesa.
  • Day 4 | Prototyping
  • All you need to know about the fourth day of a Mesa.
  • Day 5 | Finishing Up
  • All you need to know about the last day of a Mesa.
  • Final Presentation
  • Taking the best advantage possible of the last part of a Mesa.
  • The Prototype
  • A deeper look into what is a Mesa prototype and why it is a compulsory part of the method. Transforming a complex problem into a powerful mission.
  • Mesa Leadership Principles
  • The beliefs and practices that make an excellent Mesa Leader.
  • Final Words for when you finish a Mesa
  • The feelings a Mesa leader goes through after delivering a solution.

What will I learn?

In this course, you'll learn:

  • The principles of the method, concepts that will modify your view on work and leadership.

. The practical steps, such as:

  • The steps to identify problems and transform them into something that awakens the will to work of people;
  • How to select, confirm and guide the right team;
  • Leading the whole process to achieve an excellent result.

Can I make Mesas after the course?

By the end of the course you have all the knowledge and tools you need to prepare and lead your own Mesa. This means you can solve your company's problems and also help your clients to solve theirs by using Mesa Method. With your certificate, it's not necessary to ask for Mesa Company authorization - and you can say you're making a Mesa. After the course, we consider it important for you to execute Mesas and become, at last, a Mesa Leader.


Do I get a certificate after I finish?

Yes. Those who finish the 18 lessons get a unique and verifiable digital certificate, by Mesa.School. It confirms your conclusion of the course and certifies that you have the knowledge needed to apply Mesa Method.


Who is this course for?

For every professional that has a business or product challenge and would like to solve it in an efficient way. For people interested in team-based work systems. For leaders who want their team to process information in a faster way and execute more. For company consultants who want to work more focused on solutions. No matter your acting area, the method allows you to become a strategic partner to your clients, delivering more value in less time.


Can I buy Mesa.School for my team or my company?

Yes. And we offer you a discount for business purchases (payment through invoice) for more than 2 people. Please write us at [email protected] or access here..


About payment

What payment methods are accepted?

We offer you four different payment choices:


1 - Credit Card by BrainTree:
For international card holders accepts Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover and JCB.


2 - Credit Card by PagSeguro:
For credit cards issued in Brazil.
Accepts Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Elo, Hipercard, Hiper, Diners Club, Soro Cred, Vale Card, Brasilcard, Aura, Personal Card, Mais! and FortBrasil.


3 - Bank Slip by PagSeguro:
For Brazil only. Check the expiration date.


4 - Online Debit by PagSeguro:
For Brazil account holders. Accepted banks are: Bradesco, Itaú, Banco do Brasil e Banrisul.


Is it possible to split the payment in months?

In Brazil, yes. You can split the payment three times, by using a credit card (Mastercard, Visa and American Express). You just have to pick 'Credit Card via PagSeguro' among the payment options. If you don't have access to a Credit Card of these flags, we offer the non-split option of payment through Bank Slip. For international purchase, you can buy with a credit card through Braintree.


About content

What is the language of the course?

Every class is in English, presented by the founder of Mesa Method. There are subtitles available in English and Portuguese.


Is the whole content on video?

Yes, all the content is on video. There are 18 lessons, around 12 minutes per class, with a total of 145 minutes. We recommend the use of the app Mesa.Tool, available on Android and iOS , that moves along with the student through the set and 5 essential steps (or days). The combination between the video lessons and tools of the app makes Mesa.School one of the most innovative platforms of digital education in the world today.


How long can I access the course for?

You have access to the course for unlimited time. All content remains available even after the conclusion. It can make sense to rewatch videos whenever any questions come up or when you execute your first Mesa.


Can I watch the whole thing in a day?

Yes, it's possible to see all the videos in one day. The course has 145 minutes in total, which means you can watch everything in a little more than 2 hours. Many students shared with us their distributing on two days so they have time to write things down and exercise concepts.


Are there any materials, activities or any sort of interaction?

The course does not need any materials besides the video lessons. All the tools needed to execute your own Mesa are presented on the videos. By watching the lessons you'll understand why there's no need for extra material or activities scheduled. We recommend the use of Mesa.Tool, the app for Android and iOS , to exercise the creation of your own Mesa while you study.


Is there any evaluation system or support?

Above all, In Mesa, we believe in doing. This course is designed for you to have access to all information and details you need that allow you to lead your own Mesa. There is no formal evaluation. We hope that, after every step of the way, the student is able to evaluate his knowledge by applying it, being the leader of a Mesa.


What are the main differences between Mesa Method and other methodologies such as Design Thinking?

Mesas are focused on assembling the right team (making sure you look at the problem and let it tell you what are the knowledge, experiences and abilities needed to solve it) and in the creation of something real (not an idea or prototype that illustrates an idea).

So differently from Design Thinking, our focus is not into exercising something but solving something, on its full complexity.

Mesa Method makes the team create the solution itself. If it's about technology, you'll code the product. If it's a new food product, you'll cook the recipe. If it's a business, the whole financial structure will be decided in 5 days. And so on.

Another aspect fundamentally different is the leadership role. With Design Thinking or Sprints, there is a facilitator, committed with the process. In a Mesa, there is a leader, committed to the result.


What kind of problem can be solved in a Mesa?

Problems of all essences can be solved in a Mesa. The method has been used for challenges of different kinds, in different markets and cultures. Any type of complex problem - which means that it needs more than one kind of experience or knowledge to be solved, - finds at Mesa an efficient method.

A complex problem tends to be hard, but not every hard problem is complex. A math problem, for example, may be hard, but is not complex, since it only needs one specialty dedicated to it.

But creating a new business, launching a product, defining the orientation of a brand, the purpose of an organization or the culture of a company - all problems that have been solved in Mesas - demand many different areas to lay over them so they can be solved in a Mesa.


Does it make sense to take Mesa.School during lockdown?

The concepts that support Mesa Method have become more relevant since the start of the pandemic. In a world where we have less 'all done' answers, formulas that can be copied and applied, doing is the only path to find solutions. This way, we believe that there is no better moment than this one we're in right now, to learn about the method. The application was done in an on-site way before the world transformation. But, only 1 from the 18 classes focuses on this day. Every other lessons are about the method itself and, even when a physicality is mentioned, they're focused on the concepts that can be applied in different formats and contexts.


Contact us

Got any questions yet?

Write to [email protected].