Category: Executive Careers

  • UCD MBA Coaching Article …. just published

    Six years ago a coaching pilot was launched with MBA students in the Smurfit Business School. To date 851 individuals from 30 different countries have benefited from this programme. The purpose of the MBA coaching programme is to provide a space for reflection in the lives of MBA participants to enable them to work on […]

  • ‘We want coaching’

    A recent article in the FT by Maxime Boersma entitled ‘We want coaching,’ say high-fliers shows how perceptions of coaching have changed dramatically over recent years. The Head of Learning and Development at a UK organisation describes how “Executive coaching is increasingly sought by senior leaders as a space where they can have reflective conversations about their work […]

  • A unique leadership development opportunity

    For those who follow my blog, you will know that my trip to Harvard in 2012 was significant for me and altered my views and approaches to leadership development. I also benefited from meeting an incredible international group of people with similar interests and aspirations. One such person is Annick Zinck (www.AZck.com). I have the […]

  • Leadership and Lifelong Learning

    I have just finished reading John Kotter’s book ‘Leading Change’. After finishing the book, I went back to the start to see when it was written and was amazed to see the year 1996 mentioned. Many business books are written and remain relevant for a year… this one is as relevant now as it was […]

  • Learning Agility

    A few months back I wrote an article about the value ‘stretch assignments’ in developing our leadership capabilities. An article in the recent CIPD magazine (People Management) entitled Deepening the talent pool through learning agility struck a chord with me along the same vein. It speaks of learning agility (our ability to learn and adapt to new situations) as […]

  • Book Review – The Emotionally Intelligent Manager

    I recently had the opportunity of doing a book review for Smarter Egg (a learning organisation based in Cork) as below. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager is a worthwhile read. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager Book Review

  • First 100 Days – Ensuring a smooth transition

    In preparation for an MBA workshop on career transitions, I found myself reflecting on my own experience of new starts.  Given the nature of my early work (consultancy and project management), I had many new starts. In fact I counted 14 in the space of a 15 year corporate career. These starts were sometimes projects with new clients, […]

  • Two New MBA Blog posts

    It was a busy day for MBA blogging today! Barbara O’ Beirne added a new blog post to the Financial Times MBA blog and spoke of her coaching experience in the Smurfit Business School. Secondly, I was asked to do a guest blog on the MBA coaching programme for the Smufit School blog – also published today.

  • Stretch Assignments

    An article just published in the Center for Creative Leadership’s ‘Leading Effectively’ newsletter: Job Assignments That Matter Most struck a chord with me this morning. For those looking to develop leadership competencies, this article presents an interesting framework for approaching the challenge.  It may involve seeking new assignments which put you outside your comfort zone or putting […]

  • Useful article on today’s Times on Interviews

    An article in today’s Sunday Times ‘It’s a question of being logical’ illustrates some of the more interesting interview questions being asked these days. Many fit into the category of ‘brain teasers’. They reference a web-site (www.glassdoor.com) which gives candidates the opportunity to post  and search sample interview questions by company.