The experienced I have developed by working in senior roles in both the public and private sector has taught me more than anything else, the importance of understanding and developing people. As a leader, a coach, a change champion, a program manager, evaluator, and trainer, I observed that it is people that make things happen.
Many of the people I work with, regardless of where they are in their organization, are unsure if they are good enough. Over the years, I have made innovation my goal, starting with myself and working together with a range of other people. I meet wonderful people on this continuous improvement journey while completing an MBA in the Smurfit Business School, a Higher Diploma in Management in University College Dublin, and a Higher Diploma in Leadership from Harvard alongside a range of coaching and self-development courses. Together we share our experiences of work and life. It is the wisdom I gain from these shared experiences, that I bring to my clients.
Everyday that I Chair or sit an interview panel, or facilitate senor leadership groups or individual coaching and leadership sessions is a privilege. There is nothing more rewarding than observing people develop, innovate, believe in themselves and get the success they deserve.
We support people from initial recruitment to senior level positions in general, technical and specialist posts in particular in the following sectors: Civil Service; Health Service/Medical, Garda (including Garda Recruitment), Defence Forces, Education, Local Authority and Agriculture.
We provide experienced Independent Chairpersons and specialist Board Members across a range of sectors, providing support and direction to the Interview Process. Our services include Interview Board Training, Shortlisting Support, and support on giving feedback to candidates.
Do you feel you are struggling in your current role or feel that you are in the wrong job? Our team of wise and experienced coaches, support leaders to improve performance through self awareness, skill-development, developing productive relationships, increasing confidence and improved focus to reach and exceed goals
Innovate Together is one of the worlds best kept secrets. A senior colleague told me about Clare. I had gone to other people and I was still struggling to make it through interviews. Clare pared everything back to basics and made sure I knew everything about the role I was going for. She challenged me and recommended reading material for areas that I was not confident in. Through our discussion, I remembered situations that I had totally forgotten. I was able to translate those situations into really strong relevant examples. I could feel myself growing into the role during our discussions. The thought process she brought me through was really useful and better than any course I have ever done. It was like two years learning in four hours. Working with Clare brought me to a new level. I got the job after two rounds of challenging interviews and a presentation. Joe Joe, Senior Garda Officer
As a teacher with aspirations to advance myself in my teaching career, I have previously used the services of a number of Interview Preparation Advisors. The fit never seemed quiet right until I met Clare from Innovate Together! Clare O’Sullivan’s outstanding characteristic is that she cares about, and has an in-depth understanding of people. Within minutes of meeting Clare, I immediately felt at ease and in extremely competent hands.She expertly and calmly led me through the intricacies of interview preparation, laced with practical wisdom and common sense advice. Clare’s magical skill is that she somehow manages to get inside her client’s head and soothe their insecurities. A session with Clare left me feeling calm, clear and organised about what I had to do to properly prepare for the interview at hand. I got the job that I really wanted! I cannot recommend Clare highly enough. Siobhan - Teacher
Clare's technique is the best I have come across. After months of trying to find the right job matching my skill set, when the chance for an interview came up, I was afraid I was going to mess up the opportunity. Clare analysed the job spec in depth with me, finding key areas around which interview questions could arise. She worked with me to hone my answers so I could really bring out the best in my skills, raising my responses from average to great. At the same time Clare made me see that I had achieved enough to be good at the job, giving me the confidence I needed to overcome my pre-interview fear. Two years on I am loving the job. Now I recommend Clare and Innovate Together to all my friends when they are going for interview, or need a boost in their career: her success rate is second to none. -Terry - Senior Project Manager
Because of Covid 19 the company I was working with downsized and I was let go. A friend recommended Clare to me. I was so anxious to find another job I was not thinking straight. I was also ashamed of losing my job. Clare was kind but firm. She took her time, and showed me a bigger picture. She encouraged me to stay connected and make appointments to meet people every week. She supported me through my CV development and together we highlighted areas where I needed to find out more information. She showed me how to work on my strengths and turn areas for improvement into strengths. I went into my first interview fully confident. I am now in a job that I love. Looking back, it is hard to believe how low I was when I first met Clare. I will never forget her kindness, understanding and practical approach. Gerry – Financial Services
I was anxious about getting an internship and was very sceptical about getting outside advice. Innovate Together was recommended to my parents by friends. Clare immediately put me at ease, got me to understand the job I was going for and make sure I really wanted it. She asked me about college work and summer work that I had done on the buildings and before I knew it I was telling her about the people I worked with and the situations I had come across. Clare then showed me how best to link my experiences to the competencies required for the role. She also understood the technology I was talking about. I went to the interview with confidence. I got the internship and I am still with the company. From Clare, I learned to be myself and believe in who I am. Mark – Masters IT Student.
I was attending University in Dublin and living in Ireland away from home. I was overwhelmed by the process of preparing for my internship. My family were unfamiliar with the process. Clare took me on board and was a great support to me. She talked me through decisions and ensured I was confident going for interview. I completed a series of individual and group interviews and got the internship I wanted in a large multinational IT company. Three years later I am still there and have had opportunities I never imagined. I continue to keep in touch with Clare who is always a source of inspiration and guidance. Yasmin - Software Engineering Student.
We had never used external expertise previously for competency based interviews. Clare was recommended tous by a friend. She was professional and flexible in her approach and immediately put the Board and theCandidates at ease. Most importantly, Clare advised on many procedural elements that reduced our risk ofexposure, for which we are very grateful. She also challenged us and her leadership and strategic approach prompted us to look at the ‘bigger picture.’ We have used Clare on many occasions since. My only hesitation in recommending Clare, is that she will not be available when I call upon her next time! Tony – School Principal.
“I was fortunate to have sought Innovate Togethers valuable coaching expertise at a most crucial time when I decided to embark on a new career path. Clare’s coaching and interview preparation played a significant role in my progression to a senior medical position in a short space of time. Clare’s sensitive approach enabled me to work through difficult options, identify areas for further development and giving me confidence that I could take on challenging academic courses and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Clare’s coaching was excellent during the period when I was transitioning to senior roles. I have no hesitation in recommending InnovateTogether and Clare as a coach.” Patricia – Senior Medical Professional
If you are ready to become the best version of yourself, to give your talents the chance to shine then get in touch today as I offer a complimentary 20-minute coaching session for you to decide if professional coaching is right for you or not.
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