Development Version

HPC partners with the IDA to provide coaching support for managers transitioning to more senior roles across the organisation. This support is key to the IDA’s mission of placing Ireland at the heart of Europe.

Focus of our Work
Increased self-awareness
Articulation of purpose
Stakeholder and team communication
Managing career transitions
Balanced strategic/operational focus

A structured and consistent coaching approach
Transitioning managers to more senior IDA roles
Enhanced leadership effectiveness and engagement

Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services.


It partners with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.


The IDA is recognised as a world leader in attracting FDI to Ireland and has been a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad for more than 70 years.

Coaching had long been recognised as a key development tool within the IDA and had been provided through a network of providers for many years. This coaching had been primarily focused on the development of newly appointed managers.


In 2016, the IDA decided to bring greater consistency and structure to the selection of coaches and the way in which they engage with the organisation. Following a competitive selection process, HPC was appointed as one of the IDA’s partners of choice for coaching.

Ireland, Right Place Right Time

Our Approach

Executive coaching is an investment not only in the individual, but also in the department, function and organisation. It acknowledges individual talents and potential and places an emphasis on developing people as the foundation of gaining a competitive advantage.

A key focus of our approach to our work is ensuring that coaching assignments establish a clear link between the personal development requirements of the individual and the requirements /needs of the IDA with clear business focused outcomes delivered through enhanced performance.


Based on our work with the IDA, a coaching engagement runs typically as follows:


  • Initial meeting with the HPC coach, coachee, their line manager and/or HR person to agree the coaching contract, objectives and duration.


  • Six coaching sessions with a mid-way review if deemed appropriate


  • At the end of the coaching contract, a review takes place, again between the coach, coachee, their line manager and/or HR person§


Given the geographic spread of the IDA team, coaching is often conducted via Skype.

Frank Scott-Lennon
Organisation Development Manager
IDA Ireland

HPC has proven to be a valuable partner to IDA Ireland since 2017. IDA Ireland has utilised HPC to support coaching initiatives for newly appointed managers and specific coaching support in response to identified or emerging priorities at individual or department level. HPC works with IDA Managers and Team members on a wide variety of priorities, the coaches provided have significant experience and receive very positive feedback from the coachees.


Based on our experience and the latest research on evaluation and learning transfer, we create powerful insights for our clients covering participants’ mindset, confidence and their intent to transfer new capabilities back to their individual role.

“The impact that the programme creates is measured using a combination of tools including virtual feedback tools, our online learning transfer platform and surveys with participants and their line managers. Based on our analysis of the data, we have been able to demonstrate that:


  • 100% of participants reported using a coaching style more frequently


  • 80% of participants are creating more opportunities to delegate work to their team


  • 2/3 of participants’ managers report that they are taking more time and effort to manage their team effectively


  • 50% of participants’ managers report a decrease in conflict across the team


While these results are encouraging, what is even more encouraging is the impact on engagement across the group with overall engagement rising from a very high 83% in 2017 to an even higher 86% in 2018.

Client Impact

Every member of our highly experienced facilitator team has a strong operational business background that creates a cultural fit.


Our team shares our ethos of delivering insightful, adaptable and progressive solutions in partnership with our clients. Paramount.

Our Approach

Our team shares our ethos of delivering insightful, adaptable and progressive solutions in partnership with our clients. Paramount.

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A high performance culture is one where individuals and teams can excel, and leaders inspire better results and higher standards. We work in collaboration with you, and build bespoke programmes designed to achieve lasting behavioural change.

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