Smart Choice

A personal journey in leadership, tailored to develop emerging leaders within any organisation. The programme is delivered in three blocks: leading myself, leading my team and leading my organisation. Utilising nine submodules, detailed below, the program affords participants the opportunity to develop their network with the leaders of tomorrow building relationships that will transcend careers and enable future success.

“Smart Choice leaders influence effective decision making throughout the organisation.”


Over three 1.5 day seminars, participants experience key learnings and practical insights into 1) leading themselves, 2) leading their team and 3) leading their organisation. These three blocks are further divided into nine sub-modules through which participants create a personal development plan.

The seminars are supported through the provision of academic reference papers and the submission of individual participants’ assignments. Assignment results are accompanied by detailed feedback to support learning and growth throughout the program.

The program culminates with a final one-day interaction – an end of program expo and graduation – where participants will present their end-of-program project to their peers, friends, family and colleagues and then receive their certificate in leadership.


After attending this program, you will emerge with a rich tapestry of models, tools and tips to assist you in mapping out your personal development plan. In addition, you will benefit from one-to-one discussions with subject matter experts to position you for future success whilst experiencing the tools to allow you to actively participate in the development of strategy within your organisation.


The program is ideal for those of you who have been recognised as smart, creative, and self-confident individuals with independent judgment, initiative, integrity, and commitment. Who are ambitious but recognise the need for personal development to create new opportunities, not only for yourself but your organisation, so as to become the leaders that you admire. The program is specifically targeting middle executive management and leaders of SMEs.

Smart Choice – Core Modules

Block 1 – Leading Myself

Enabling effective decision-making while understanding both positive and negative consequences, enhancing leadership, governance and strategy.
Developing leadership through situational awareness and the P4 model: processes, people, paradigms and programs. Understanding the importance of followers and how to develop talent.
Building capabilities and awareness to control distractions, pause, reflect and execute effective decision-making, consistently.

Block 2 – Leading My Team

Raising awareness of the communication process. Providing the tools to communicate effectively through written, verbal and non-verbal means.
Understanding how to engage with those around you through collaboration, coaching and innovation,in situations of hierarchical control and without command and control.
Emotional Intelligence:
Developing that sixth business sense promoting adaptable and positive behaviours, building confidence to engage with peers and leaders at multiple levels within organisations.

Block 3 – Leading My Organisation

Organisational Culture:
Seeing what truly motivates your team and how to create a culture of success, nationally and internationally. Understand organisational culture – how to use and influence it.
Creating an understanding of tools and structures to facilitate both tactical and strategic planning.
Change Management:
Understanding the different reasons for change and how to overcome resistance to change.

Program Dates for 2019

    LIMERICK – Start Date: Feb 2019

  • Block 1: February 28th and March 1st 2019
  • Block 2: May 16th and 17th 2019
  • Block 3: September 6th and 7th 2019
  • DUBLIN – Start Date: March 2019
  • Block 1: March 7th and 8th 2019
  • Block 2: May 23rd and 24th 2019
  • Block 3: September 20th and 21st 2019
    CORK – Start Date: April 2019

  • Block 1: April 12th and 13th 2019
  • Block 2: September 3rd and 4th 2019
  • Block 3: November 14th and 15th 2019
    LIMERICK – Start Date: Sept. 2019

  • Block 1: September 26th and 27th 2019
  • Block 2: December 12th and 13th 2019
  • Block 3: March 6th and 7th 2020
    DUBLIN – Start Date: Oct. 2019

  • Block 1: October 4th and 5th 2019
  • Block 2: January 16th and 17th 2020
  • Block 3: March 23rd and 24th 2020

A selection of SmartChoice participants