Welcome back to Galway Chamber’s Business of the Weeks series – and the first of 2019! This week, we spoke to Ultan Molloy of Consult with Spark.
I work as an executive coach, facilitator and management consultant, while owning my community pharmacy business, angel investing and developing a number of other business interests. A father of two, I am qualified Pharmacist, International Coaching Federation certified coach, and hold three Master’s degrees in Business, Science and the Arts.
Testimonial; “I can honestly say that the improvements and results in the areas we worked on over the 6 months would have taken a lifetime to achieve with out his coaching… and has directly led to a three fold increase in bespoke development, along with staggering improvements in performance and attitudes.” R&D Director, International Technology client.
Recent work includes developing an Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP) for a large International technology client. Executive coaching with senior leaders in national and international companies and state agencies (including Bord Na Móna, Britvic, Glanbia, Musgraves, An Garda Síochána). Leadership Coaching with the Trinity College Dublin MBA panel and it’s International Growth Programme (TIGP).
Tell us about Consult with Spark.
Myself and my colleague, Fabio Grassi, set up this consultancy last year as a VIP business to business, learning and development consultancy, focussing on creating long term business relationships that create value.
Our vision is to build the workplaces of the future, where employees are aligned and engaged to drive extraordinary business innovation, productivity, performance and results.
Our Purpose is to build learning organisations with a hunger for development and success by providing innovative learning programmes for senior leaders, their teams and their management. Our Values are Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, Learning and Results.
How did the idea for your business come about?
Companies with engaged workforces have 14 to 29% greater profit, 10 to 19% increased sales and up to 72% lower staff turnover (Ref: Gallup survey). We service this market opportunity, as we’re driven by a desire to achieve deep, impactful and meaningful work. We’re both fortunate enough that we don’t need to take on clients where we’re not a good fit for one another in order to keep bills paid. We look for a “win-win or no deal” scenario, with Fabio working and educating at executive level for the last twenty years, and me running a highly successful business team (PWC survey, 2013). I’ve been astounded by the results that can be achieved, seeing it first hand with my team.
Tell us about the services you offer your clients?
We focus on four areas with our clients, weighted according to their needs. Strategic people Development, Leadership and Management development, Team Excellence, and Strategic Business Development. While most of we deliver is tailored to client needs, the Six Step process we use is quite standard, as below.
Why did you choose to base your business in Galway?
I live here with my wife Laura and two young girls, Rose and Neillí. There is plenty of opportunity here and I feel western culture is open and willing to explore the opportunities that we offer. Fabio is based here also, with Andrew based in the UK. They’re at a different life stage to me and happy to travel internationally to service client needs.
How has being a member of Galway Chamber helped you and Consult with Spark?
Being a member of the chamber has opened us up to a the local business network, meeting some fantastic people, and offering exposure and opportunities we would have had significant challenges achieving on our own.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
So many good pieces of advice over the years, but the insight that resonates most recently is to note that our best behaviour should be driven by what we value most. Getting clarity on what I value most in my life, how I spend my time, and striving to allocate time according to what matters most to me, has been invaluable to my happiness and success. Trusting myself to explore and appreciate that “I don’t know what I’ve not considered” yet, has also encouraged me to continually learn to develop myself, my team and my businesses.
What motivates you?
Opportunities for things to be better. Opportunities for shared growth, learning and development. Opportunities for me to be a better confidant, friend, business partner, coach, father, husband, brother, and indeed a better musician, when my two year old isn’t vetoing my flute practice as it’s within earshot of Peppa Pig!
Consult with Spark,
2D William Street West,
T: 086 1693343