Breen & Associates - Unlocking Potential

We're passionate about enabling business transformation & growth by creating human-centric businesses that leverage on the power of their people who make business goals a new reality.

We're a small but mighty team working with ambitious start-ups and scale-ups who want to maximise the performance of their people to drive business results.

We offer a strong range of People Development and Progressive HR Solutions to suit the budget and size of your business.

We care about individual success and love unlocking the potential of entire teams through Organisational Design & Development, Strategic People Planning, Employee Relations, HR Shared Services, Employment Law Services, Personal Coaching, Business Coaching, Executive & Corporate Coaching, Mindset Training, Resilience Building, Wellbeing Training and Human Behaviour Workshops.

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๐Ÿ“Œ Of the 195 independent countries in the world, only 17 are led by women.
๐Ÿ“Œ Women hold just 22% of seats in parliaments globally.
๐Ÿ“Œ In the United Kingdom, about 30% of seats in Parliament are held by women.
๐Ÿ“Œ In the European Parliament, only 35% of the seats are held by women.

The percentage of women in leadership roles is even lower in the corporate world:
๐Ÿ“‰ A meagre 6% of the S&P 500 CEOs are women.
๐Ÿ“‰ Throughout Europe, women hold only 23% of board seats.
๐Ÿ“‰ In the United Kingdom, women hold only 21% of senior executive positions and 23% of board seats among the FTSE 100 companies. None of these figures are close to an equal representation of 50%!


In addition to the external barriers erected by society, women are hindered by barriers that exist within themselves. Women hold themselves back by lacking self-confidence, self-belief and a feeling of self-worth, by not raising their hands, and by pulling back when they should be leaning in. They internalise the negative messages they hear throughout their lives โ€“ the messages that say itโ€™s wrong to be outspoken, aggressive, more powerful than men. They lower their expectations of what they can achieve.

Freeing oneself from these internal barriers is critical to gaining power. These internal barriers are rarely discussed and often underplayed. However, considering the impact they have on womenโ€™s lives and careers, they deserve a lot more attention.

Here at Breen & Associates, weโ€™ve been coaching and mentoring women leaders from different industries and sectors with great success! Here are some of our top tips.


๐Ÿ‘ Decide in which area you want to get more confident first. Focus on the chosen area and the steps you need to take to build your confidence.
๐Ÿ‘ Set yourself intentions and stick to them.
๐Ÿ‘ Be flexible and open to feedback.
๐Ÿ‘ Release unwanted thoughts.
๐Ÿ‘ Practice gratitude.
๐Ÿ‘ Be kind to yourself and others, and donโ€™t mistake kindness for weakness.
๐Ÿ‘ Get a coach who will help you to become more confident & resilient, unlock your full potential and increase your feeling of self-worth and self-belief.

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Life can feel stressful and fast-paced. It often causes us to get overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious or even depressed. All of these emotional states, including stress, are a form of Suffering which is primarily caused by limiting & self-defeating beliefs about ourselves, and by fear (of many different things, but mainly failure).

High levels of stress and anxiety can cause us to lose our drive for progression and our general appetite for life. We procrastinate and feel increasingly let down by ourselves by not showing up in the way that would make us proud. As a result, we are left with frustration, unhappiness and the numbing feeling of living an unfulfilled life, having a career that feels daunting and personal + professional relationships that feel superficial.

With Mental Health and Wellbeing at the top of the agenda, never has there been a better time to add some additional tools and strategies to your personal โ€˜sanity toolboxโ€™.

Here at Breen & Associates, weโ€™ve coined the concept of Mind Freedomยฎ that liberates people from emotional suffering that is holding them back in both their personal and professional lives.

Mind Freedomยฎ embraces highly-effective and results-oriented disciplines including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to allow you to experience relief and take charge of how you feel in record time.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Weโ€™re offering Mental Health, Mind Freedomยฎ & Wellbeing Clinic in the form of 1-1 Coaching, Group Coaching, Workshops and Immersion Programmes which are run by Sonja Kirschner @MindsetMedium - our outstanding NLP, EFT and Mindfulness Practitioner.

As an ex-sufferer of anxiety & depression, Sonja is passionate about the topic of Mental Health and has created the following programmes that are transforming peopleโ€™s lives:

๐Ÿ“” The 3-Step Blueprint to Stop Anxiety & Panic Attacks
๐Ÿ“˜ The 6-Step Manifesto To Transform Anxiety & Panic Attacks Into Personal Power
๐Ÿ“• The Ultimate Program for Lasting Emotional Freedomย 

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Skilled and positively challenged teams are critical to employee engagement and overall organisational success. Ultimately, every successful business positively impacts on national economic well-being. Developing our teams and keeping them engaged is therefore where the primary focus should be.

Employee engagement is a state or behaviour that encourages employees to be passionate about their work so they give heart, energy and mind to the job. Based on the 2017 Gallup report of 155 countries surveyed State of the Global Workforce, companies with high employee engagement rates have an increased productivity rate of 20% as well as 21% for profit.

Employee engagement ultimately increases profitability, encourages business development, reduces turnover rate, and improves company efficiency. Unfortunately, according to a Gallup report, the average adult working full time and feeling engaged is only 15%. That means there are about 85% of employees worldwide who do not feel engaged or are unhappy with their work.

There are 7 key factors that drive employee engagement levels. Adjusting these can help in designing the right programme which develops and engages your team members:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Nature of work
๐Ÿ‘‰ Meaningful and purposeful work
๐Ÿ‘‰ Opportunities to grow
๐Ÿ‘‰ Recognition and appreciation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Effective and assertive relationship
๐Ÿ‘‰ Communication quality
๐Ÿ‘‰ Leaders who inspire

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Businesses and organisations that encourage employee engagement, behavioural change, transformation, innovation, agility as well as increased productivity and performance have one thing in common - a highly effective Coaching Culture that is built on an empowering Coaching Mindset.

Coaching Cultures enhance and improve communication where employees feel heard. They provide a safe environment with open and honest dialogue at all levels.

Creating an environment where employees feel empowered leads to unlocking the potential of individuals, teams and ultimately of the entire businesses or organisations.

Building and consistently improving a Coaching Culture by fostering a Coaching Mindset, youโ€™ll empower leaders/colleagues to drive forward your business/organisational strategy and vision in an inspiring way!

Developing a Coaching Mindset is a leadership must that ignites a high Emotional Intelligence (EQ) transforming team dynamics, behaviours and entire businesses or organisations.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Our proven & highly-effective development & training packages are designed to help you to rapidly develop and implement a Coaching Culture that is driven by an empowering Coaching Mindset of your people incl. leadership, change & transformation teams, and HR professionals.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Regardless of the size of your business or organisation, you can absolutely transform your culture! Weโ€™ll show you how.

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If you work in HR, you know that HR Business Partnering (or Strategic People Partnering) is a key enabler of successfully delivering organisational strategy and achieving organisational goals.

Whether youโ€™re an aspiring, entry-level or experienced HR/People Business Partner, weโ€™ve got your back!

Our team has a wealth of experience in all things People & HR Business Partnering across different industries. We can help with virtual and face-to-face Mentoring, Training, Support and Development on an individual or team basis.

To improve your People or HR Business Partnering skills, gain confidence, or to learn more about innovative and strategic solutions, work with a mentor, or join one of our webinars or half/full day training events.

Topics include:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Fundamentals of HR Business Partnering and Strategic People Partnering
๐Ÿ‘‰ People Planning and Organisational People & HR Strategy
๐Ÿ‘‰ Attributes and qualities of a highly effective HR and People Partner
๐Ÿ‘‰ Understanding Organisational Strategy and Goals
๐Ÿ‘‰ Commercial Mindset and Organisational Savviness
๐Ÿ‘‰ How to add value to any business and organisation as a HR and People Partner
๐Ÿ‘‰ Stakeholder & Relationship Management - and how to influence
๐Ÿ‘‰ Building Organisational and People Capability
๐Ÿ‘‰ Organisational Design
๐Ÿ‘‰ Organisational Development and Effectiveness
๐Ÿ‘‰ Cultural Transformation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Change Management
๐Ÿ‘‰ Talent and Leadership Development

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We offer expert employment law services and training ranging from individual employee relations cases to poor performance, sickness absence, investigations, disciplinary and termination of employment.

We can help you and your business or organisation to keep up the date on:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Employment legislation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Employment regulation
๐Ÿ‘‰ Statutory reporting requirements

We offer individual support as well as training packages to support your managers and leaders to deal with all your people needs.

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We provide HR project management of the more complicated requirements for small, medium and large organisations. Our expert services cover the management of TUPE transfers (Transfer of Undertakings โ€“ Protection of Employment), redundancy, right sizing, restructuring or change management programmes. We offer expert advice on the how to manage and implement these requirements.

In addition to HR Shared Services solutions, we provide accessible and professional services to accommodate all your people and employment needs covering the entirely of the employee lifecycle including:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Employee on-boarding
๐Ÿ‘‰ Induction
๐Ÿ‘‰ Performance development
๐Ÿ‘‰ Change management
๐Ÿ‘‰ Organisational design
๐Ÿ‘‰ Restructuring
๐Ÿ‘‰ Right-sizing
๐Ÿ‘‰ Employee relations
๐Ÿ‘‰ Termination of employment

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Employees are one of your most important assets in any business. Treat them badly and youโ€™ll experience an exodus of talented employees. Treat them well, however, and you will be generally rewarded with hard-working, productive staff who enjoy their work and value their employer.

In short, happy employees are productive employees.

Yet many businesses still overlook their staff treating them as numbers rather than human beings, concentrating only on cost and efficiency. They are ultimately paying the price.

Employee relations is seen as focusing on both individual and collective relationships in the workplace, with an increasing emphasis on helping line managers establish trust-based relationships with employees. A positive climate of employee relations โ€“ with high levels of employee involvement, commitment and engagement โ€“ can improve business outcomes as well as contribute to employeesโ€™ well-being.

Shared services is a way for businesses to organise their HR activities. Typically, this means that administrative activities are concentrated into a centralised and commonly shared function. A shared service model can help businesses to reduce costs, avoid duplication of effort, and allow a greater focus on HR and business strategy.

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Strategic people/workforce planning is the practice of mapping an organisationโ€™s people strategy with its business strategy so they work in sync.

The key to running a business smoothly is to get efficiently organised. Thatโ€™s what strategic people planning is โ€“ an action plan, to help you meet your desired long-term goals and to maintain long-term success. Itโ€™s an ongoing process that allows your company to prepare for the future. When the right skills are in place and they are matched with the right positions, long-term objectives are met more easily, and your company is guaranteed to see more successful results.

Here are some reasons why implementing strategic workforce planning is important:
๐Ÿ‘‰ Problem solving and prevention
๐Ÿ‘‰ Forecasting
๐Ÿ‘‰ Leadership planning
๐Ÿ‘‰ Reputation management
๐Ÿ‘‰ Improving KPIs

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Organisational design is the process of aligning the structure of an organisation with its objectives, with the ultimate aim of improving efficiency and effectiveness. Work can be triggered by the need to improve service delivery or specific business processes, or as a result of a new mandate.

More than designing a structure, it involves:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Understanding the imperative for change and the environment
๐Ÿ‘‰ Understanding the business processes, workflows, roles and responsibilities, volumes of work, activity analysis and resources
๐Ÿ‘‰ Designing and testing new models or structures
๐Ÿ‘‰ Planning and managing the transition from the old structure to the new
๐Ÿ‘‰ Implementing and monitoring the change

Organisational development is the planned, comprehensive and systematic process aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of an organisation. It involves intervening in its processes, structure and culture โ€“ with a strong emphasis on organisational behaviour, human resource development and organisational change.

Organisational design can be viewed as an organisational development intervention.

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