Business Excellence Skillnet

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COST: €150 Member; €200 Non Member per person



Purpose To introduce and develop key concepts with regard to effective interpersonal skills focusing on increasing influence in the workplace.


The aims of this program can be listed as follows:

  1. To introduce and develop key skills for the participants to be able to engage in more effective communication so as to increase their ability to influence people they interact with  in the workplace.
  2. To support the development of the participant  group.
  3. To provide a tool-box of proven  techniques that can be readily applied.


The main aspects of the program will be as follows:

  1. Duration will be 1 day  for the  interactive workshop.
  2. Ideally there should be 10 - 12 participants per workshop session
  3. Core learning points of the workshop would include
    1. Basics of Communication.
    2. Barriers and Problems in Communication.
    3. Barriers to influencing
    4. Purpose and focus in influencing
    5. Perceptions and their effect on influence
    6. Lateral management – getting stuff done by people who don’t report to you.
    7. Designing and getting your message across
    8. Influencing styles
    9. Communication styles
    10. Assertiveness in the workplace.
    11. Influencing through Presentation Skills
    12. Dealing with Conflict and awkward people



Prior to the commencement of the program, a short profile for each participant would be useful in the orientation of the program.

Catalysis Consulting / Dr. Jim Bradley

Prior to launching Catalysis Consulting in 1998,  Jim’s background was in the medical diagnostics / pharmaceutical sector where he gained practical experience in roles encompassing the development and implementation of technical  / compliance based training,  research and development  /new product introduction, international customer service, marketing and new business development, and development of technical marketing support documentation for partners across EMEA and the US.

Since 1998, working as a consultant with Irish and multinational companies across a range of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, medical devices, education, health provision and insurance services, he has extended his skills and experience to include strategy development and implementation; in this respect he has led projects to define strategy and develop tactical plans needed to design and manage a range of ventures. He also has significant experience in the design and delivery of human capital development interventions -  leading projects to deliver team and individual performance improvement across a range of sectors, to date more than 15,000 people have participated in his training programs.   These elements of experience coupled with a pragmatic approach to project management, business excellence / lean 6 sigma, customer relationship management, innovation and performance management - enables him to understand, work with, develop and guide people from different functional areas and cultures through strategic challenges to deliver operational success.

In his educational background, Jim is a Science/Business hybrid, having achieved academic qualifications in science up to doctoral level with a Ph.D. in Immunobiology, while  in business he has been awarded an M.B.A. with distinction  from the Ulster Business School at the University of Ulster.  Regarding continuing professional development, he has completed courses in marketing, auditing and lean six sigma and has also successfully participated in the Master Trainer program as delivered through the Irish Management Institute.

Jim focuses on creating a challenging, stimulating environment by identifying and prioritizing key issues for participants so keeping their focus on developing skills and processes that are implementable and add value. His interpersonal skills allow him to relate to, build relationships with, manage and work with people at all levels.  These skills, coupled with his blend of academic qualifications and experience across the scientific (both pure and applied) and business fields, enable him to effectively network with people and give him the credibility to positively influence them.  Throughout his career, Jim has built a solid reputation for designing and implementing customer-focused solutions for both business and people development that can be implemented for the benefit of organisations, their people and their customers.

In his spare time, he holds a 4th dan black belt in Shotokan karate and is the senior instructor (Sensei) at the WSKF Shotokan karate club in Ennis. Jim is a member of the Ennis-based chamber choir Cantare in which he sings as a bass. He also enjoys fly-fishing in the local lakes.  Reading and music would be the indoor activities he spends time on when he is not actively engaged in family life!



The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills



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