Brief background about you?
I’m an executive coach and training consultant operating as the Irish Partner for Gazing Performance Systems, a company best known for their performance work with companies like Xerox and sporting teams such as The New Zealand All Blacks. Previously, I would have worked for over 10 years in Corporate Finance with Lloyds Banking Group. During this time, I completed some executive education at London Business School and then a Masters in Applied Psychology (Coaching) at UCC in line with a move into consultancy. On the sporting front, my passion is Gaelic Football and I was lucky enough to have played football with Cork from 2003 to 2009.
— Smarter Egg (@SmarterEgg) June 20, 2016
What inspired you to speak at this event?
Having attended the Smarter Egg gigs in the past, I was always struck by the humility of the speakers and the welcoming nature of the event. Aodan appears to have created an environment where people come to learn rather than to judge and so, for me, thats a very exciting place to be.
Why it will be helpful for people to attend. What will they get out of it?
Well there appears to have been a lot of mystique and hysteria around performance improvement over the last few years. I think people are genuinely seeing its importance and are now road testing new ways in which to get there. I’ve been on that journey myself with an approach which involved grounding myself in the academic theory and then endeavouring to visit as many of the worlds most elite performance environments as I could get access to (elite level rugby in New Zealand, The Navy Seals in California). I’m certainly no expert but I’m always happy to convey what I’ve seen in regards to best theory and practice.
— Conor McCarthy (@ConorMcCarthy) June 9, 2016
Who has inspired you?
Some well known people who would have inspired me would be Richie McCaw or closer to home, Brian O’Driscoll. Mainly for their bravery, humility and mental strength. However, many of the leaders, or even the fellow foot soldiers, I would have worked with in the past would have inspired me in far more meaningful ways albeit their names would not be well known to the general public at large. I think thats the case for many people.
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked you?
Over the past year, whilst working with Gazing in the area of corporate performance improvement, we would have noticed that many companies we were engaging with were expressing a desire for wellness initiatives. We therefore established a company which specialised in the design and delivery of wellness programs for the corporate sector. This business is called Kaizen Performance and so far, we have been amazed at the amount of companies looking to embrace employee wellness in this way.
Where can people see / listen / read more about you?
— Tricia Smyth (@TricSmy) June 20, 2016