Skills strategy

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Last week, Economy Minister Diane Dodds launched a new skills strategy designed to create better jobs and more of them. Part of her 10X Economic Vision for Northern Ireland, the Minister set out her plans to make the region “one of the world’s elite…

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Leadership

Susan Moylan, Associate Director, People & Change Consulting Flexible and remote working existed in Northern Ireland by exception before COVID-19; today it is a normal way of working life. I think we have all been surprised by our adaptability in the most challenging of times and COVID-19 has enabled us to prove that flexible and…

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Priorities

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland It’s at this time of the year, when we reflect on the past 12 months and plan our priorities for the year ahead. In the People and HR space this has become even more important with the impact of COVID on the workforce and…

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resilience

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland I participated in an excellent webinar on Organisational Resilience and Readiness, with the Roffey Park Institute, on Monday 7 December. We were joined by guest speakers around the world including Dr Robert Coles, the Chief Executive of Roffey Park. What impacted me most about…

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Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland It is very difficult these days to write something on leadership and change, without referencing either COVID or Bexit and how that will impact the way we do things going into the future. Even before either of these were referenced, it was very clear…

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Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton Ireland A good leader encourages their team to experiment, learn and adapt. This is often easier said than done in practice, reflecting the culture of the organisation and the environment in which it operates. What is clear, is that staff do look to their leaders…

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Change

By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland In today’s world, change and disruption are constant and being able to navigate change is an indispensable leadership trait. There is a fundamental difference between seeing the change challenge as one of navigating the complicated and seeing it as navigating the complex. Complicated challenges…

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By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland In my last article I proposed that resilience in not a fixed trait, but rather one that can be developed by focusing on a few specific areas and behaviours. In this article I build on this theme, by looking at change itself and the…

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By Patrick Gallen, Partner, People and Change Consulting at Grant Thornton in Belfast Now, more than ever, we need empathetic leaders to get us through this crisis, to lead people through this uncertainly to a new reality. A leader who can put themselves in the shoes of others, whether that is customers, employees or colleagues,…

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