30 years of business experience, seven of these at director level in Diageo, ten years as a business partner and general manager with Flow Group, and two years as owner of Solstice Consulting Limited.
I have extensive experience in working in & with a variety of organisations, teams & individuals with the common objective of increasing effectiveness & performance.
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What We Do
We work with our clients in true partnership to design, develop and implement bespoke solutions that best help your organisation to gain clarity, commitment and confidence around your vision of success and organisational priorities.
We work by both, challenging and supporting you to effectively and efficiently bridge the gap between, where your organisation currently is and where it needs to be, in areas such as:
- Culture assessment and change programmes
- Driving a culture of change and performance
- Organisational effectiveness
- Performance management
- Strategy, values and behaviours
- Embedding change in an organisation
- Team synergy and cross functional collaboration
- Strategic thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and innovation in a competitive environment
- Building better communications and relationships
Leadership & Management
Leadership and management are key development areas for most, if not all, successful organisations. We work with you to develop the right leadership mind set and competencies and assist you with growing your people managers.
We will help your leaders and managers to optimise the performance of teams and individuals, while at the same time, focus on motivation and engagement. Some of the areas we will work with you to grow your leadership and management talent are;
- Leadership and personal development
- Management essentials
- Talent management and retention
- High performance coaching
- Effective communication and positive influencing
- Leading for high performance
- Presentation skills
- Time and life management
- Strategic thinking
- Creativity and innovation
Effective teams enable individuals to multiply their impact through creating synergy. Through many years of industry experience, using the latest ideologies and methodologies, we provide the platform for teams to develop the key attributes to enable them achieve world leading standards and results. Some of the areas in which we will help your teams to excel are;
- Team building, development and growth
- Team effectiveness
- Team strategy and planning
- High performance teams
- Innovation and creativity, achieving more with less
- Leadership team development
- Meeting effectiveness
- Problem solving for teams
- Belbin team roles
- Synergistic teams
As coaches, we aim to focus on an individuals unique strengths and requirements and increase their probability of success in them sustaining effective behavioral change.
We help our clients to define their personal and professional goals and find their own practical solutions. There are many areas where one-2-one coaching can be used to develop and unlock an individual’s potential, including:
- Personal branding and core values
- Personal visioning, goal setting and achievement
- Boosting your confidence
- Building credible relationships
- Achieve more in less time
- Managing difficult conversations
- Personal effectiveness
- Managing stress
- Career coaching
- Effective communications
My Core Values
I enable an environment of trust, personal growth and achievement. These are my values.
I work hard to develop business relationships that go beyond business to the real person behind the mask; where people are truly themselves. We develop trust, we grow and ultimately, together, we achieve.
Solstice: better business results through people.
We have worked with Solstice Consulting since the start to the 2019 season. I’m sure I speak for the whole Leitrim squad when I say that Robert’s positive influence on the team has had a major contribution to us achieving our promotion to division 3. He is particularly skilled at understanding what our needs are and then working in partnership to co-design the right solutions.
I also really liked the way he was able to positively influence the team from session to session to ensure we achieved our high performing team objectives.Terry HylandLeitrim GAA Senior Football Team Manager
In the past year Robert has coached myself and twenty of our senior and middle managers as part of a leadership development programme. Not only has he successfully increased the awareness of the managers around the standards of what great leadership looks like, he has helped the managers to get clarity and commitment in coming up with their own realistic, yet stretching personal action plans to increase their leadership effectiveness and improve their positive impact at all levels of the business.Dr. Oliver Wohlgemuth, CAIA, CIPMChief Financial Officer, Allianz Global Life
Due to Robert’s positive enthusiasm and professional approach, we are now seeing sustainable positive behavioural changes in the majority of the managers involved in the programme. I personally enjoyed every minute of working with Robert which I found very inspiring and effective.
Solstice Consulting were engaged to deliver a Leadership Development program to 12 middle managers which commenced in March and was completed in November 2018. It consisted of 6 initial coaching workshops before leading into team projects which were supervised by internal mentors. The results were transformational for the business in that we now have a group of highly ambitious employees who are completely aligned with the strategy of the business and are ‘promotion ready’ in terms of taking up senior management roles within the business as they arise. Solstice led the project from the outset, establishing an implementation program, designing the course material in collaboration with the senior management team, facilitated the workshops, designing and moderating the assessment presentations at the end of the project.
As an ancillary benefit the organisation responded to the positive signals in terms of career advancement and supporting this journey in terms of a marked reduction in staff ‘churn’ rates. We believe that this resulted in savings of over 200k in shadowing, training, induction and lost productivity costs in a financial year.
During the feedback sessions the participants praised the support and management/leadership training provided by Robert as it prepared them to face the challenges of adopting specific projects, managing time and taking on more responsibility. The program also provided the participants with time off site to work on their own skills and personal development facilitated by Robert and Solstice with professionalism and empathy.Declan MurphyCEO, Servisource
I would have no hesitation in recommending Solstice to organisations with ambitious growth plans. The partnership with Robert has prepared us to meet future challenges and enabled us to clearly define strategy while equipping the business with the necessary skills and expertise to achieve and exceed our goals.
Robert assisted with the planning, preparation and design of our two day company wide Strategy and Culture conference in October 2018. He also successfully facilitated 200 attendees in sessions on values and behaviours and the launch of our monthly one to one conversations programme. This conference was an opportunity to look back and celebrate success and to look forward and engage and motivate all employees by creating clarity on the 2020 strategy and what we as high performing teams and individuals need to do to achieve our goals and commitment in living the values and creating the culture that will make Cluid a great place to work.Elaine MurphyHR Manager, Clúid Housing
What I particularly liked about the way Robert worked was, it felt like a genuine partnership working with him as he always had our organisations best interests at heart. He provided great support and also challenged to help us get the most out of the conference and the attendees.
After meeting a number of different coaches, and looking at various options for personal professional development, Robert stood out. He is very friendly, very focused, and works to an effective program. I believe that the work I did with Robert has had a very significant influence on my approach and my career. I wouldn't hesitate recommending working with him, and wish him every success.Jonathan LundburgHead of Digital Development at The Irish Times
I have worked with Robert over the last four years. The main area that we have collaborated on was the introduction of "Greenline Conversations" to my sale & marketing team, which was led by Robert. Pat MageeGeneral Manager - Florida at Pernod Ricard USA
I have also had personal experience with Robert as a coach. Again I found this relationship very professional and productive and I would have no hesitation in recommending Robert for executive coaching work.
Robert facilitated a change management programme that I managed during my role as Head of Bottling Operations. Robert is very good at taking stock to ensure that we were on track to achieve the goals I set for the programme. We achieved the goals.Michael TraceyGeneral Manager Planning, Purchasing & Inventory at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard
Furthermore Robert is a trusted coach and mentor to me. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to facilitate any leadership and change management programmes in your organisation
Robert has managed our team and I for 10 years. As a boss he is unusually well liked and respected by the team. He's very capable of landing the tough messages when necessary, quick to praise and to thank and even to apologise. As a coach, helping others to develop their management skills, Robert is the real deal. He is capable of drawing on his genuine experience base, rather than just spinning out the latest model or feel good mantra. There's no bullshit with Robert. He's honest, skilled and fun. In recent years when faced with management challenges myself, I've realised how much I learned from Robert. Thank you Mr Moorhouse. Steve ThompsonCreativity & Leadership Specialist
Robert has done a lot of work in my company over the last 5 years, particularly in the areas of culture change, managing growth and team coaching. He gained a very good insight into the workings of the company and was able to use this knowledge to customise his methods to our peculiarities. He built very good relationships with all of the staff and I would recommend him for similar work in your organisation. I would intend on using Robert into the future.John FinneganChief Executive Officer at Darta Saving Life Assurance Ltd
Whether as coach, consultant, facilitator or trainer Robert always has our best interests at heart and he has made a very positive difference to the performance of our organisation.John Purcell
Accredited Member of The Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland