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What sacred cows do you need to slaughter?

What sacred cows do you need to slaughter?

A Sacred Cow – an outdated belief system, practice, policy or strategy. They are generally invisible, they inhibit change and prevent responsiveness to new opportunities. They're out there, grazing on your profits and stifling your productivity. They trample on your...

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Creating a culture of getting things done.

Creating a culture of getting things done.

More than ever, leaders need to ‘build a culture of getting things done’. To do this, we don’t need complex theories, the latest management fad or bringing in a business guru. We need to put in place an effective ‘one to one coaching process’. Tell our people how we...

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Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk!

Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk!

I had just joined a new start-up division of an international organisation. I was really excited about what I could learn and achieve in my new role. Week 1 was induction week, fifteen of us had started together. All of us a bit nervous but excited and highly engaged....

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Are you just getting through the day?

Are you just getting through the day?

To what end is tomorrow just another day to get through? After you get through all the days, then what happens? What if we saw opportunities instead of tasks? Chances instead of risks? What can you do today, that will make you more successful tomorrow? And a new...

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Beware of the victim cycle….

Beware of the victim cycle….

We will never accomplish anything unless we start taking control of our own future. The key is self-responsibility, we can’t do this until we first develop an understanding of the victim cycle. Think about it, do you have an attitude of always denying that it’s your...

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Do you really want to change?

Do you really want to change?

I was working recently with a company on an employee engagement project.  At one of the breaks, a first-line manager came up to me and said that he hated working in the company.  I asked him if he had spoken to his boss about this, he said this would make no...

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Optimism is the fuel……

Optimism is the fuel……

There is so much doom and gloom at the moment! We hear on a daily basis, will this ever end!  Life will never be the same again. Why not ‘be the optimist in the room’? Optimism is not just a mindset, it’s a form of behaviour that guides everything we do.  It can be...

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Who is the only person we can change?

Who is the only person we can change?

If we step back today, we’ll discover that we’re still in control of our lives.  We still have the power to create significant positive change.  When we are faced with any situation we always have two choices......... Accept the situation as it is, or, Take...

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    Rebecca Morgan – Manufacturing Operations Strategy / Transforming Ops & Businesses / Supply Chain / Lean Manufacturing/ International

    At a recent international consulting convention Mark was one of the featured speakers. His talk was outstanding! He was funny,challenging, informative, and a real pleasure to listen to.

    Jeffrey Scott, President of Jeffrey Scott Consulting, Trumbull, Connecticut, USA.

    Mark’s presentation at the Consulting Convention was energetic and funny, and he really got me focused on setting exciting goals over the next 12 months. He was the BEST presenter in a field of world-class speakers. 

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    Mark’s energy and humour is riveting. Mark gave the best presentation among a field of experts.

    Barry Vaughan, Head of Finance, Highfield Healthcare

    “I found working with Mark to be insightful and hugely beneficial to me. Mark gave me the ‘keys’ to look at myself and unlock the answers that I didn’t even know I had. He achieved this through regular meetings and focused exercises that drew out the key improvement aspects that were relevant to my development”

    Sam McGuinness, CEO Dublin Simon Community

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    Jo Fernandez, Sales Director, Chill Insurance

    "Mark has added significant value to the Chill business over the last few years"

    Tadhg McCarthy, Senior Manager, Imperial Tobacco

    "Working with Mark really made me focus on where I can add the most value to my business, and I have already seen the significant benefits of his interventions and coaching".

    Michael Mc Carthy, Vice President Customer Care, Virgin Media

    "Highly satisfied with the work that Mark did with me and my senior team"

    Ken Donoghue, Senior Manager, Top Oil

    "Mark’s coaching style is a perfect fit for any business that wants to perform at a high level. Mark has a unique ability to understand and explain in a frank and practical manner, the barriers and challenges needed to help organisations with high performance"

    Maurice Hickey, Managing Director, Largo Foods

    “I have already seen a culture change within the business at senior management level from the work that Mark has done with us”

    Eamonn Bergin, Director, JLT Brokers

    "We have gone through many changes over the past 12 months, the work Mark has done with us has really prepared us for dealing with them. Due to his interventions myself, the senior team and the business is in a much stronger place"

    Dana Strong, CEO UPC

    "I have clearly seen the benefits in my senior team from working with you. I look forward to this work continuing into next year"

    Noel Madden, Managing Director, Kraft Foods

    "Working with you this year has exceeded my expectations in every way. Can already see the significant business benefits to Cadbury’s"

    Eamonn Bergin, Managing Director, FBD Brokers

    "We have gone through many changes over the past 12 months, the work Mark has done with us has really prepared us for dealing with them. Due to his interventions myself, the senior team and the business is in a much stronger place"

    Gary Brady, Managing Director, Thorntons Recycling

    "Mark used his excellent consulting skills to help us create a new agenda that will drive significantly higher levels of performance for the business"

    Mary Mc Sweeney, Senior Human Resources, Dublin City Council

    "A key reason for the success of this project was the diverse skills that you brought into the process. This makes you unique compared to other consultants in the market"

    Conor Mc Carthy, Business Director, Baxter, Ireland

    "Mark has provided group training and individual coaching to directors, managers and staff members of Baxter Healthcare throughout the past four years. The organisation and the individuals, myself included, have certainly reaped the benefits.  His unique style is popular and effective and through his guidance our management practices have improved, particularly our approach to individual performance management"

    Ian Thornton, Managing Director, Aon Consulting

    "Mark was a key catalyst in positioning the team for the changes and challenges ahead within our business. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark to any other company looking to raise the performance of their staff and organisation"

    Garry McCabe, Human Resource Director, Kuehne + Nagel, Ireland

    "I have used Mark Donovan for Management Development interventions since 2003 with two different companies in diverse industries.  On every occasion we have received excellence in delivery and outcome. I would consider Mark Donovan to be our Management Development partner and during our relationship our development portfolio has grown along with our expectations on delivery. All the while Mark has continued to reach standards beyond our initial objectives. Recent programmes have realised return on investments of multiples of costs"

    Paul McGarry, Director, Aon Consulting

    "Mark brought a new perspective and his interventions added real value to me, my team and the business"

    Paul Fisher, Factory Manager, Largo Foods

    "Highly satisfied, I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark to other organisations. It has motivated me to empower my colleagues / reports into achieving consistently higher standards of performance"