Time to invest in yourself, discover your own individual purpose, and make your mark!

Take the 3 Steps to BOLD Leadership

Designed and delivered by women who are professional leadership coaches and have walked in your shoes, as senior leaders in the corporate world, and also as business owners.

WAKEN UP to JOY and FREEDOM with our proven process:

Dream, Believe, Engage.

DARE TO DREAM

Define your own unique version of bold leadership:

  • Recognise and embrace your own leadership and take it to the next level.
  • Dare to dream and find the inspiration to take bold action to fulfill the potential you know you have.
  • Experience a new beginning of possibility, fulfillment and success – defined in your own terms.
  • Explore and know yourself more fully.
  • Discover what matters to you, your unique purpose whether it be at work or at home, the difference you want to make in the world.
  • Find out what lights your fire and leaves you feeling energetic, inspired and inspirational.
  • Unearth  resources you already have at your disposal including your own unique blend of strengths, skills, experiences and talents.

TRULY BELIEVE

Experience new levels of joy, freedom and performance and do the same for others:

  • Find courage and conviction to cut through those invisible chains that are holding you back, busting through unhelpful attitudes, habits and deeply held beliefs.
  • Let go of negative emotions or reactions to triggers which deflate your power.
  • Rewrite your stories so you embrace your own unique power, stand your own ground and stay motivated even when things get tough.
  • Believe and trust in others through appreciating their version of bold leadership, whether it matches your version or not.
  • Overcome what drags you down, slows you down and leaves you overwhelmed with potential for burn out.
  • Uncover and meet your own needs that you may have been unwittingly ignoring leaving you depleted and not operating at your best.

RICH ENGAGEMENT

Dreaming and believing without engagement is theoretical and pointless! The quality of our actions, our conversations, our relationships is where the rubber hits the road.

  • Take bold action to experience opportunities, relationships and possibilities. Feel alive!
  • Achieve even more success, not forgetting all the important areas of your live, with more ease and less effort.
  • Take your leadership to the next level by engaging, inspiring and motivating your team, your stakeholders, those that matter.
  • Bring others along with you – even the awkward ones!
  • Build techniques and practices to keep you at peak performance without forcing it.
  • Be gutsy and have those bold conversations you’d normally avoid.
  • Understand perspectives, engage and influence effectively to create mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Break down barriers and create new levels of collaboration and deeper levels of respect within your organisation.
  • Be a role model for this and following generations. They’ll want a bit of what you have!
 

Upcoming Events

Bold Conversations in partnership with Women in Business

Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th June 2019
Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th January 2020

Be Strategic Workshop

Date: Wednesday 15th May
Venue: Near Belfast
Cost: £450 per person

Be Authentic Workshop

Date: Thursday 16th May
Venue: Near Belfast
Cost: £450 per person

Be Influential Workshop

Date: Wednesday 26th June
Venue: Near Belfast
Cost: £450 per person

Be Resilient Workshop

Date: Wednesday 18th September
Venue: Near Belfast
Cost: £450 per person

Our Programmes

Be STRATEGIC - 1 Day Workshop

The first essential step to being a powerful, influential, authentic and resilient leader.

“The challenge facing women is to have vision be one of the things we are known for. No vision, no leadership.”  
Women and the Vision Thing, Herminia Ibarra and Otilia Obodaru, 2009, Harvard Business Review.

The ability to develop a strategic perspective has been identified in several studies as the one competence where men outscore women significantly when assessing outstanding leadership.

We share the inside track to being strategic so that you go from:

  • Being too busy to be strategic
  • Doing lots without getting important things done quickly enough
  • Working hard and delivering results yet missing out on opportunities
  • Wanting to have more impact but not sure how
  • Your team running around like headless chickens trying to do it all
  • Delivering results and achieving what you set out to but feel it’s not enough

To:

  • Having a clear picture of future success that you’re inspired by
  • Being seen as a visionary, strategic leader who automatically gets a seat at the table
  • Getting those roles, assignments and opportunities that matter to you
  • Keeping your team energized and focused on what matters
  • Feeling calm and confident with bags more energy knowing everything’s taken care of

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Be INFLUENTIAL - 1 Day Workshop

A critical component of powerful, influential, authentic and resilient leaders.

A wealth of research shows that women leaders, much more than their male counterparts, face the need to be warm and nice (what society traditionally expects from women), as well as competent or tough (what society traditionally expects from men and leaders). The problem is that these qualities are often seen as opposites. This creates a “catch-22” and “double bind” for women leaders. Too warm and you are seen as not credible. Too competent and you are seen as too aggressive.

Attend this 1 day workshop on how Bold Women Leaders can break the double bind, be taken more seriously and have the impact and influence you need to make the difference you choose to make.

You will go from:

  • Facing heavy opposition and resistance to your brilliant ideas
  • Others talking over, interrupting and ignoring you in meetings
  • Avoiding having that difficult conversation because you don’t want to upset or piss the other person off
  • Fighting an uphill battle to get people to step up and do what they’re meant to

To:

  • Inspiring people to support your ideas and value what you think
  • Standing your ground getting your voice heard
  • Saying what needs to be said in a multitude of tricky situations
  • Motivating others to be at their personal best and deliver results

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Be AUTHENTIC - 1 Day Workshop

The foundation for being a powerful, influential, authentic and resilient leader.

Women can easily mistake feeling comfortable for being authentic. Authenticity is not about acting in ways that feel comfortable or familiar. Bold Women Leaders are most effective when they focus on behaving in ways that advance the purposes for which they stand. In doing this they experience themselves and are experienced by others as authentic

In this inspiring, practical and thought-provoking  workshop, we will share with you the key to being true to yourself and have the leadership impact you need to succeed.

Ever felt like you are:

  • Having to be someone you’re not and feeling fake
  • Feeling uncomfortable or at odds with yourself in certain situations
  • Worrying about what others think of you
  • Being indecisive and scared you’ll mess up
  • Feeling awkward about selling yourself when your hard work should speak for itself

Attend this one day workshop to discover you at your very best and be a positive role model for other women and men from:

  • Being proud to be different from the rest
  • Walking your talk and feeling great
  • Making decisions with confidence and ease
  • Spending time on things that matter most
  • Talking about your achievements with openness and pride

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Be RESILIENT - 1 Day Workshop

The optimal way to have and maintain the energy and motivation of a powerful, influential, authentic and resilient leader.

“A broad set of skills and behaviours that enable resilience in the workplace are a good return on investment. In a study published by PwC in 2014, fostering a resilient and mentally healthy workplace returned $2.30 for every dollar spent in the form of higher productivity, lower absenteeism and decreased turnover.”
5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work, Rich Fernandez, HBR 2016

In this practical workshop we will share with you the key to being more resilient so you can thrive, be happier and more fulfilled more of the time.

Go from:

  • Spending a lot more time on things than you’d planned to
  • Tired or frustrated that things aren’t progressing fast enough
  • Concerned that you can’t keep on going at this pace/intensity
  • Overthinking it, driving yourself mad and being too hard on yourself
  • Waking up in the middle of the night worrying about stuff

To:

  • Not sweating the small stuff or the big stuff!
  • Letting go of what is holding you back
  • Quickly moving on past difficulty and challenge
  • More confident, focused and productive, exceeding your own expectations
  • Sleeping well and waking up feeling refreshed and raring to go

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Transforming Me Transforming You - 12 Month Programme

Our Signature Programme for Bold Women Leaders, Transforming Me Transforming You is designed with your busy schedule in mind.

Wherever you are on your journey, and wherever you want to get to, we will help you get there – faster and easier, and you’ll have way more fun too!

The reality is that every woman is different; comes from a different starting point; will have a different definition of what success looks like; and will have different approaches on how to get there. This programme is truly one of a kind – it’s tailored to the needs of the unique blend of women who make up the group, and grows as you do.

No more feeling isolated and alone. Along with a small group of like-minded, challenging and supportive women, you will experience a personal leadership journey of discovery, practice and transformation.

I have, for the first time, really thought about what is important to me and made positive changes. I feel more confident and empowered now in all aspects of my life and I am happier and healthier. I can honestly say that the development and the sharing of experiences with other professional women through this programme has both supported and challenged me.
Finola O’Kane, Client Services Director, CAPITA

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To find out if this programme is for you:

 

How to Handle Bold & Productive Conversations with Ease - 2 Day Workshop

“Our careers, our companies, our relationships and our very lives succeed or fail, gradually then suddenly, one conversation at a time. The conversation is the relationship. The conversation yields the results. The most damaging conversations are the ones we are not having.”
Susan Scott, Author of Fierce Conversations

Whether your primary focus is currently on sales negotiations, driving change, landing that promotion, negotiating that raise, influencing your boss, raising your employees’ game through performance discussions, or simply discussing something important with someone who matters, the level of success you achieve will come down to the way you handle the conversation.

Bold Conversations provides a powerful model for addressing and alleviating the impacts of common conversation pitfalls experienced by women leaders, executives, business owners and managers, equipping them with mindset and skills to influence, drive positive change in behaviours and have an impact in their organisation or business.

Building this core leadership muscle is crucial to being able to say what has to be said, improving relationships and getting good outcomes – with confidence and ease.

Research from Cranfield University on failed companies demonstrated that managers knew what the fundamental problems were, but failed to discuss them in a quality way.

Is this workshop for you?

Identified as one of the biggest challenges facing women in business and leadership, this 2 day workshop is for you, if you:

  • Are worried or anxious about that conversation you’ve been avoiding but know you must have?
  • Know you have to tell a hard truth, which you suspect will not be well received, cause untold disruption or hurt someone’s feelings?
  • Afraid of saying the wrong thing, losing your head or damaging a relationship?
  • Have a problem dealing with conflict and panic and get tongue-tied?
  • Like to please people and don’t like to say no?
  • Count yourself a straight talker and have no problem facing up to and having those difficult conversations but find they are futile and don’t have the impact you hoped for?

Outcomes you can expect from this workshop:

  • Know how to prepare for a bold conversation and gain clarity, peace of mind and motivation to carry it through
  • Learn a proven and effective structure for having a bold conversation
  • Recognise and overcome the barriers to having the conversation you’ve been putting off
  • Feel more confident to say what needs to be said
  • Develop skills to counter resistance, manage conflict and stay calm
  • Work through your situation and gain insight and feedback from your peers

Fantastic model which I use ALL the time. It has given me the bravery to confront conversations that are needed. It’s a precise tool that saves time. I’m able to focus and fast track solutions, getting better answers that work as well as getting agreement to the way forward. Without being a bull in a china shop!
Heather Hamill, Director, Proparamedics

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Bold Women Circles - Monthly Support

For women with a strong desire to achieve breakthrough results in their business and achieve highest levels of personal success.

Come together each month in an intimate, confidential and trusted environment to take you and your business to the next level.

You will:

  • gain different perspectives, insight and wisdom on your challenges, issues and dilemmas from your own personal boardroom
  • hear and share practical ideas and valuable strategies on matters that are important to you
  • sound out, test out and clarify your thinking on what is keeping you up at night
  • make decisions more quickly and easily with confidence
  • hear the hard truth and get objective feedback from others who care about your success
  • be supported through those inevitable challenging times by other women who have your back
  • be held to account on your  progress on your vision, strategy, goals and actions
  • be inspired by the attitude, actions and achievements of other powerful women

Professionally facilitated by an expert coach with executive business experience to maximise value.

As people get to know each other they get a lot more value out of the relationships. The mix of the group is very important, and I think Anne Dargan is very good at what she does.
Patricia O’Hagan – MD Core Systems

Great opportunity to take time away from the office and are a useful way to bounce ideas off fellow executives. As the person ‘in-focus’, I got a lot of benefit out of the coaching and peer group mentoring and have been able to put the practical advice I received into practice.
Sara Venning, Customer Service Delivery Director, NI Water

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Refresh & Refocus - 2 Day Annual Intensive

Kickstart or review your personal leadership journey on this 2 day annual intensive. 

Take stock, re-ignite your passion,  review your strategy and check you are on course. Challenge and stretch yourself to dare to take bold steps and accelerate your progress.

You’ll emerge confident, clear and purposeful. No-one leaves without a smile on their face! Even if you’ve attended a similar workshop in the past you’ll want to do this every year. Time changes and so do you so its important to check in with yourself and keep up momentum.

This intensive workshop involves an overnight stay. Magic happens overnight!

I can honestly say that this has, and continues to have, a lasting, positive effect on both my personal and working life. It was unlike anything else I had been on – it was genuinely thought provoking, challenging, confidence building, motivating and inspiring. And all done in a very relaxed, genuine and personable way.
Rosamond Bennett, CEO, Christian Aid Ireland

To find out if this programme is for you:

 

Our Signature Programme for Bold Women Leaders:

Our Signature 12-month Programme for Bold Women Leaders:

Transforming Me Transforming You

This programme is designed with your busy schedule in mind, building on the Refresh & Refocus retreat experience, taking you deeper and beyond DREAM and BELIEVE and into RICH ENGAGEMENT.

Wherever you are on your journey, and wherever you want to get to, we will help you get there – faster and easier, and you’ll have way more fun too!

The reality is that every woman is different; comes from a different starting point; will have a different definition of what success looks like; and will have different approaches on how to get there. This programme is truly one of a kind – it’s tailored to the needs of the unique blend of women who make up the group, and grows as you do.

No more feeling isolated and alone. Along with a small group of like-minded, challenging and supportive women, you will experience a personal leadership journey of discovery, practice and transformation.

To find out if this programme is for you:

I have, for the first time, really thought about what is important to me and made positive changes. I feel more confident and empowered now in all aspects of my life and I am happier and healthier. I can honestly say that the development and the sharing of experiences with other professional women through this programme has both supported and challenged me. Finola O'Kane

Client Services Director, CAPITA

Our Introductory Programme for Bold Women Leaders:

 How to Handle Bold and Productive Conversations with Ease

 

“Our careers, our companies, our relationships and our very lives succeed or fail, gradually then suddenly, one conversation at a time. The conversation is the relationship. The conversation yields the results. The most damaging conversations are the ones we are not having.”
Susan Scott, Author of Fierce Conversations

Whether your primary focus is currently on sales negotiations, driving change, landing that promotion, negotiating that raise, influencing your boss, raising your employees’ game through performance discussions, or simply discussing something important with someone who matters, the level of success you achieve will come down to the way you handle the conversation.

Bold Conversations provides a powerful model for addressing and alleviating the impacts of common conversation pitfalls experienced by women leaders, executives, business owners and managers, equipping them with mindset and skills to influence, drive positive change in behaviours and have an impact in their organisation or business.

Building this core leadership muscle is crucial to being able to say what has to be said, improving relationships and getting good outcomes – with confidence and ease.

Research from Cranfield University on failed companies demonstrated that managers knew what the fundamental problems were, but failed to discuss them in a quality way.

Is this workshop for you?

Identified as one of the biggest challenges facing women in business and leadership, this 2 day workshop is for you, if you:

 

  • Are worried or anxious about that conversation you’ve been avoiding but know you must have?
  • Know you have to tell a hard truth, which you suspect will not be well received, cause untold disruption or hurt someone’s feelings?
  • Afraid of saying the wrong thing, losing your head or damaging a relationship?
  • Have a problem dealing with conflict and panic and get tongue-tied?
  • Like to please people and don’t like to say no?
  • Count yourself a straight talker and have no problem facing up to and having those difficult conversations but find they are futile and don’t have the impact you hoped for?

Outcomes you can expect from this workshop

  • Know how to prepare for a bold conversation and gain clarity, peace of mind and motivation to carry it through
  • Learn a proven and effective structure for having a bold conversation
  • Recognise and overcome the barriers to having the conversation you’ve been putting off
  • Feel more confident to say what needs to be said
  • Develop skills to counter resistance, manage conflict and stay calm
  • Work through your situation and gain insight and feedback from your peers
Fantastic model which I use ALL the time. It has given me the bravery to confront conversations that are needed. It’s a precise tool that saves time. I’m able to focus and fast track solutions, getting better answers that work as well as getting agreement to the way forward. Without being a bull in a china shop! Heather Hamill

Director, Proparamedics

To find out if this programme is for you or your organisation:

Refresh & Refocus

Kickstart or review your personal leadership journey on this 2 day leadership intensive. Take stock, re-ignite your passion, review your strategy and check you are on course. Challenge and stretch yourself to dare to take bold actions. 

You’ll emerge confident, clear and purposeful. No-one leaves without a smile on their face!

Even if you’ve attended a similar workshop in the past you’ll want to do this every year. Time changes and so do you so its important to check in with yourself and keep up momentum.

This intensive workshop involves an overnight stay. Magic happens overnight! 

To find out if this programme is for you:

I can honestly say that this has, and continues to have, a lasting, positive effect on both my personal and working life. It was unlike anything else I had been on – it was genuinely thought provoking, challenging, confidence building, motivating and inspiring. And all done in a very relaxed, genuine and personable way.

Rosamond Bennett

CEO, Christian Aid Ireland

Our Participants…

Get in touch with their passion, so they experience the joy of doing something they love.
Create a great atmosphere at work which allows others to be at their best.
Are inspired and motivated to make a difference in the world.
Break free of invisible chains holding them back so they can be even more successful.
Engage with their people and their teams, bringing them together to collaborate and achieve.
Have way more fun, and thrive in work and life!
 

Show Bold Leadership

Spread the word to other women in your organisation and let’s make a difference together.

Flexible, supportive and tailored packages addressing the hot topics and challenges that women face as leaders today whilst supporting the organisation in retaining and developing its female talent.

I got some really practical and useful insights that were directly applicable in work. Often training is too much theory, not enough action, this was the perfect balance. Brilliantly well-delivered by an energetic and charismatic presenter with up-to-date thinking and real life examples. Highly recommended. Anne McReynolds

CEO, The MAC

Be big. Be bright. Be BOLD! 

And witness the impact it has on you and those around you.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson