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3-part management course

3-part management course

Lesson no.1: A crow was sitting on a tree doing nothing all day long. A small rabbit spotted the crow and said, ‘can I also sit there like you and do nothing all day long?’ The crow said, ‘sure why not?’ So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested. All...

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Live life successfully, one day at a time…

Live life successfully, one day at a time…

None of us know, or can know what is going to happen in the future! No one foresaw the situation we would be in over the last year. Many of us are worried about what will happen? A person embarking on a day's hike would be foolish to carry enough provisions for a...

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How much does it cost to join the library?

How much does it cost to join the library?

Many people use the excuse that they don’t have the resources to do what they want to do.  “It’s too expensive,” or “I can’t get access to it,” used to be really good excuses.  But this obscures the real truth: “It’s too much work.” If any other type of business was...

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What’s your boss’s ‘shiny table’​?

What’s your boss’s ‘shiny table’​?

A question I’m frequently asked by my clients is, “Mark, what can I do to manage upwards more effectively?”. It reminds me of an experience I had a long long time ago but still very relevant for today. “Mark, can you go down to Bakery immediately, they need someone...

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Are you a rower or are you a steerer?

Are you a rower or are you a steerer?

Why do most of us get promoted into leadership positions?  The number one reason is, we are good at doing things! Or as I like to put it, we are good rowers.  But when we do get promoted,  we get the extra 4.75 Euro a week before tax.  What do we now feel we need to...

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Beware of your blind spots.

Beware of your blind spots.

In my experience, blind spots can be career limiting.   I starting working with a new coaching client.  Jane had recently been promoted, but she was not getting the engagement from her new team.  The performance level of her division was starting to fall.  When we met...

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Do you suffer from the ‘Imposter Syndrome’​?

Do you suffer from the ‘Imposter Syndrome’​?

When working with leaders, one of the biggest challenges I come across is the ‘imposter syndrome.  This reminds me of an experience, I had with a leadership team last year. At the end of my group session, one of the managers stayed back.  We had been discussing the...

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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. 

Stephen Wise – Dramatically Improve Traction – Toronto/Ontario Canada

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

"Mark has brought real value to my managers in the business, I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any other organisation"

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"