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Dealing with the challenges of life today!

Dealing with the challenges of life today!

Accept that some days we’re the pigeon, and some days we’re the statue. Always keep our words soft and sweet, just in case we have to eat them. If we can't be kind, we need to at least have the decency to be vague. If we lend someone €20 and never see that person...

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Marks observations for optimism going forward!

Marks observations for optimism going forward!

We now appreciate many things that in the past we took for granted. A lot of us with our parents, older family and friends said, 'Ah yes, I'll see them next week'. I think a lot of us now appreciate what in the past we took for granted. We've all learned to work in...

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We have so much time and so little to do!

We have so much time and so little to do!

In the early nineteenth century, Charles M. Schwab, who transferred the Bethlehem Steel Company into the largest steel producer in the world, issued a challenge over a dinner table to a consultant named Ivy Lee. “Show me a way to get more things done with my time and...

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Who is holding your feet to the fire?

Who is holding your feet to the fire?

I have made an amazing discovery from working with leaders on my development programmes and on my executive coaching projects.  The people that do ‘the stuff’ get better. As a leadership consultant, a big part of my role is ‘holding my client's feet to the fire’. ...

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End 2020 by finishing your race!

End 2020 by finishing your race!

It was 7 pm on the 20th October 1968 at the Olympic stadium in Mexico City. The light was beginning to fade and the temperature was finally starting to cool. The closing ceremonies had just finished and the athletes and spectators were beginning to leave the stadium...

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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"