LEAP Shortlisted for Blog Awards Ireland 2015

Blog Awards Ireland 2015Best Company Marketing and Communications Blog

We are delighted to announce that LEAP have been shortlisted for the Best Company Marketing and Communications Blog category for this year’s Blog Awards Ireland 2015.

The blog’s theme is leadership and management and focuses on ways to address common issues faced by new and established managers, and also the leadership challenges facing business owners.


The PUBLIC VOTE is now open for the 2015 Blog Awards Ireland!
Voting will be open for TWO weeks from Monday, 7th September.
LEAP would really appreciate your vote!

You can check out the Blog Awards Ireland website at http://www.blogawardsireland.com/

Thank you for your time and your support.


The LEAP Team

Tel: 091 755736
E: info@leapleadership.ie

Enterprise Ireland Finance for Growth Workshop

Enterprise Ireland_finance for growth workshopEnterprise Ireland Finance for Growth Workshop

Enterprise Ireland is running a series of monthly workshops, primarily for exporting SMEs, which seeks to address the key issues facing the finance function in the current environment.  The objective is to demonstrate how financial information could be used to assist in strategic decisions that will help grow the business and the practical implications for implementing. (Enterprise Ireland)

‘Drive your strategy throughout the company and ensure its success.’

Please visit the Enterprise Ireland webpage.

Who it’s for
Enterprise Ireland clients preferably those in finance positions interested in developing strategic growth plans for their company, and how to bring your teams on board to support your growth plans.

How to implement strategic growth plans
How to engage the workforce

Galway: Tuesday 14 April
Dublin: Wednesday 15 April

Facilitator: John Raftery, executive coach at LEAP

John Raftery_Finance for Growth Workshop








Venue & Times
For information on venue and times contact John Raftery direct. See below for contact details.

Contact John Raftery
Tel: 091 755736

Email: info@leapleadership.ie


Emerging Managers Programme

Emerging Managers Programme Carlow-Kilkenny

Places are now available on the Emerging Managers Programme delivered by LEAP in conjunction with Carlow – Kilkenny Skillnet. Workshops will commence in April 2015.

Newly appointed managers need to be supported as they look to establish their style and approach to leading and developing their teams. The Emerging Managers Programme will provide managers with practical tools and approaches to managing people which can be easily applied to their workplace. Facillitated by skilled professionals with an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the workplace, this programme will provoke thought and action with immediate results.

This programme is designed to support newly appointed or soon to be appointed managers. Additionally it would benefit managers looking to enhance their skills further.

LEAP_Emerging Managers Programme


The programme is delivered over 6 full day workshops in the Carlow Gateway Business Centre, Athy Road, Carlow.

Start Date

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Workshops Include

  • The Role of the Manager
  • Producing a High Performance Team
  • Development of Self
  • Effective Communication
  • Time Management
  • Managing Change

Download The Programme Brochure

Click the link for more information on schedules, costs and workshops details.

Emerging Managers Programme Carlow-Kilkenny

Contact Us To Book Your Place

Tel: 091 755736
E: info@leapleadership.ie

LEAP_Emerging Managers Programme

SMEs feel renewed confidence, but rising costs must be curbed


As small businesses around the country wait to see what Budget 2015 holds for them, new research has found that Irish SMEs have fared well in the latter half of the year, with many reporting increased business confidence.

– Colette Sexton Sunday Business Post


SMEs feel renewed confidence, but rising costs must be curbed

click the link to read the article

SMEs feel renewed confidence, but rising costs must be curbed



Emerging Managers Programme – Places Available

Emerging Managers Programme









We have 2 places available on our highly successful Emerging Managers programme commencing in Athlone next Wed 24th Sept 2014.

The Programme consists of 6 full-day interactive workshops:

  • The Role of the Manager
  • Development of Self
  • Producing a High Performance Work Team
  • Effective Communication
  • Managing Time Effectively
  • Attitude and Taking Responsibility

Download our brochure for information on dates, objectives and cost
Emerging Managers Brochure Sep 2014

For further information please call us on 091 755 736
E: info@leapleadership.ie

This programme is accredited by QQI (formerly FETAC).


Emerging Managers Programme

LEAP signs agreement to roll out EU business transformation process

Galway Advertiser March 20

LEAP, the Galway-based management and leadership development organisation, has signed a licence agreement to deliver the fully accredited, transformational futureSME business process in Ireland.

What makes the futureSME process unique is that it has been developed over a four-year period through an EU Framework 7 Project involving 26 partners across Europe, seven of whom are Irish – in a project that was spearheaded by the University of Strathclyde.

After years of extensive research, refinement and practical application, and an investment of €8 million, futureSME methodology emerged as a business model for all SMEs to help grow their business.

Read the rest of the article here


Tel: 091 755736
E: info@leapleadership.ie

LEAP futureSME

Management Matters

ManagementWorks Programmes 2014

The latest Management Matters! newsletter from ManagementWorks outlines a range of subsidised, tailored programmes which are supported by professional business mentors:

  • Building Financial Capabilities in SMEs
  • Business Growth
  • Business Leadership
  • Lean Business
  • Management Team Development
  • Postgraduate IMI Diploma in Management
  • Postgraduate IMI Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

futureSME business modelLEAP deliver the Management Team Development Programme to help business owners and managers create a shared vision of success for the company, and embed disciplines across the team.

To learn more about these dynamic programmes, their providers and how they can benefit your company, click the following link.


For LEAP Enquiries
Tel: 091 755736
Email: info@leapleadership.ie



International Best Practice to support Irish SME success

   New subsidised Business Management programme to transform Irish SMEs 

The heartbeat of the Irish economy relies on the success of the indigenous SME sector. While the focus in recent years has been on ensuring businesses remain viable, there is a need to shift focus on growth. A new practical and impactful business management programme being delivered by LEAP, a Galway-based training and coaching organisation, uses the best practices and tools from the most successful international companies and demonstrates how these can be applied to any business, regardless of size or sector.

The Business Leadership Programme, which is heavily subsidised by ManagementWorks, a Skillnets initiative, commences in Shannon on 18th February and is open for sign-ups. Spaces on the programme are limited so anyone interested in growing their business in 2014 is urged to register.

The programme utilises futureSME methodology, a transformational business strategy that has been developed over a four-year period through an EU Framework 7 Project. FutureSME focuses on the key management capabilities that are essential in driving a business forward and applies them to any organisation. The programme is fully accredited and exclusively delivered in Ireland by LEAP.

Mike Gaffney MD at LEAP
Mike Gaffney MD at LEAP

“Over the six-month period, we work with organisations through a combination of in-house mentoring with facilitated group workshops. The programme aims to transform the entire business, on every level. Using this innovative methodology we will work to build and implement a visual strategy and provide the support necessary for its development and completion. We also review the progress, ensuring its success.”

Speaking about its involvement in the programme, Brian Colleran of ManagementWorks said: “This is a fantastic business leadership programme that should be of huge interest to SMEs operating in very competitive markets. Given it is heavily subsidised and supported by the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, we are expecting a lot of interest”.

Business owners and managers interested in the Business Leadership Programme in Shannon or futureSME, should contact Sonja Stevens at LEAP by calling 091-755736 or emailing Sonja@leapleadership.ie.  

For more information on ManagementWorks Programmes visit www.managementworks.ie

Mike Gaffney discusses futureSME with John Cooke on ClareFM radio

Mike Gaffney managing director at LEAP

Podcast featuring LEAP’s managing director Mike Gaffney in discussion with John Cooke from Clare FM radio’s Morning Focus show.

Mike discusses how business owners and senior managers can benefit from the futureSME methodology.  Click the links below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about futureSME.

 part 1 explaining futureSME and it’s benefits for business

part 2 changing attitudes and achieving growth within the SME sector


Morning Focus ClareFM


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Tel: 091 755736
Email: info@leapleadership.ie

Click here for more information on futureSME

LEAP’s Mike Gaffney interviewed about futureSME on ClareFM

Mike Gaffney, MD at LEAP, will be interviewed by John Cooke on Morning Focus on Clare FM Radio at 10.30 on Wed 22/1/14.


futureSME Mike Gaffney on Morning Focus ClareFM




Topics under discussion will be futureSME and the Free Seminars LEAP will be running in conjunction with ManagementWorks in Shannon, Carlow and other locations around the country.

Business owners and senior managers are invited to these free events to learn all about the futureSME methodology, which has proven to benefit companies in the SME sector as effectively as in the large corporate sector.

If you are a business owner, or senior manager, interested in growing your company in the long term, then tune in Morning Focus tomorrow morning and Mike will tell you how.

LEAP MD Mike Gaffney on Morning Focus ClareFM
LEAP MD Mike Gaffney on Morning Focus ClareFM







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Email: info@leapleadership.ie



 Make Leadership Happen -  futureSME