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ABOUT THE STRATEGOS INSTITUTE

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The Strategos Institute provides an enriched learning environment designed to help you achieve your goal of developing a successful Consultancy business. Among the key objectives of The Strategos institute is to fully prepare you to operate as a consultant. We are in the process of establishing an educational organisation which will deliver an operating baseline  for consultants. This quality mark will be underwritten by a program of on-going Continuous Professional Development. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you prepare for the future.

 
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THE LATEST LOWDOWN

News & Announcements

IS THIS THE END FOR CONSULTANTS?

How can you spot a great consultant?


In his recent book The Interim Revolution, business transformation expert, Pat Lynes interviews executives about their perceptions of consultants and the results are damning. The majority believe the primary concern of management consultancies is “landing and expanding”–not actually solving the problems at hand.

Cynicism around consulting is nothing new. That adage about a consultant “borrowing your watch to tell you the time” didn’t come from nowhere. But the problem is now stark. According to research by McKinsey, 70% of transformations fail. The irony of a consultancy sharing that statistic is delicious. The only reason anyone would need a consultant is to speed up transformation. If the business world doesn’t believe consultants can do that, why do they exist?

Why do consultants have such a bad reputation?

Philosopher Matthew Stewart in The Management Myth tracks the roots of management consulting. He describes how in the late 1800s Frederick Taylor set out to analyze company performance and was the original advocate of the first maxim of management consulting: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This belief gave rise to time and motion studies–the practice of analyzing systems of work to identify efficiencies and improve profit. It turbo-charged consulting. The product-market fit was good as in essence most businesses of the 20th century were production lines meaning there was no shortage of efficiencies to be identified.

Cut to today and what drives business success is very different. According to Harvard Business Review, the world’s best organizations compete on differentiators other than price and prioritize increasing revenues over decreasing cost. In other words, a firm’s ability to out-think and out-innovate its competition is the primary driver of success. This requires imagination and ingenuity on a daily basis. It’s a team game. And it’s hard to measure in a time-and-motion context.

High-performing businesses have a secret. They focus first on helping people perform at their brilliant, imaginative, imperfect best. They prize revolution not routine, conflict not comfort, variety not predictability. All of this points to a simple truth: these days, people equal competitive advantage. But traditional consultants and their calculators were not developed to cope with this reality.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/phillewis1/2019/07/29/is-this-the-end-for-consultants/#175745b4611e

SAYS IT ALL REALLY. DOESN'T IT?

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING EXPERT CLARE WHELAN TO DELIVER KEY LEARNINGS  FOR THE CONSULTANT'S TOOLKIT COURSE

Clare Whelan currently operates Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and P.R. for the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. She manages the hotel websites (brand and non-brand), creating and executing hotel related content. Clare also develops and monitors social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube.  Prior to that she worked in a variety of roles for the Base Wood Fired Pizza Group including that of Social Media and Marketing Manager. Operating the company’s social media accounts through the creation and posting of digital content.  Clare has worked with clients such as The Laura Lynn Hospice, The Bath Pub, The Jar, AIB, Accenture, Leinster Rugby, Image Magazine, The Irish Times, etc.

Siobhán O’Connell is a director of Business Plus Magazine which she co-founded with Nick Mulcahy in 1998 

As well as her commercial role in Business Plus, Siobhán writes a monthly media and marketing column in the magazine

 A former young journalist of the year, Siobhán is a regular guest contributor to The Business on RTE Radio 1.

DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE  THAT SIOBHAN O'CONNELL HAS JOINED

THE STRATEGOS CONSULTANT TOOLKIT TEAM

NEIL O'BRIEN WILL HELP YOU GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT AND MENTALLY FIGHTING FIT IN THE CONSULTANT'S TOOLKIT COURSE

​Neil O’Brien worked for a bank for 24 years and then decided that it was time for a change. In 1998 he founded Time To Fly! And has since become Ireland’s number one corporate conference speaker on the topic of Mental Fitness and Wellbeing.

Neil is a published author in this area with his  bookTime To Fly!  Published by Liffey Press

Neil also coaches elite and professional sports people on their mental fitness and has advised Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup golfers, pro and elite athletes, Davis Cup tennis players, the GAA and the FAI. He was the first ‘life coach’ to be featured on Irish television and contributed regularly to such prime time programmes such as Open House, The Health Show, The Health Squad, The Mentor, The Clinic.

‘Neil has helped psychiatrists with their stress management, psychologists with their personal development, managing directors with their sense of direction, sales people sell more, footballers score more and golfers score less!’

PATRICK FLYNN OF FLYNN O'DRISCOLL TO DELIVER KEY LEGAL ISSUES FOR CONSULTANTS  DURING THE UPCOMING CONSULTANT'S TOOLKIT COURSE

Pat founded Flynn O’Driscoll in 2002. In 1983 he graduated with an honors BCL law degree from University College Dublin and he was admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in 1987 and in England and Wales in 1996. In 2013 he completed an Advanced Leadership Programme with the Timoney Institute and San Telmo University, Seville, Spain.

Pat previously worked with A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland’s largest law firms. He is a former senior executive of Ulster Investment Bank (part of the RBS/NatWest Group) where he specialised in global structured finance transactions involving European and US companies. He has also worked in corporate finance in Ireland and in emerging markets, particularly the Russian Federation, for a UK business. Pat was head of the corporate law department in a top 10 Dublin law firm before leaving to establish Flynn O’Driscoll.

He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association, the Irish Russian Business Association, the Irish International Business Network (IIBN), both in Dublin and London and the SME Policy Committee of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce. Pat’s current directorships include a number of international aircraft leasing companies based in Dublin and he was appointed in July 2014 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation to the Board of Directors of Enterprise Ireland for a four year term. Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

EAMONN SAYERS TO SPEAK AT

THE  CONSULTANT'S TOOLKIT COURSE

Eamonn is the Founder of Worldsportsteam.org and the General Manager of the Guinness Enterprise Centre and we are delighted to have secured his participation in this special day.

Eamonn works with Founders, Directors and Managers of clients including small entrepreneurial start ups / early stage companies, state development agencies, not for profit organisations and commercial businesses in the areas of strategy, business planning, general management, fundraising and investment.

Eamonn is a highly accomplished, deeply driven professional with a consistently successful track record. He is a respected energetic leader with proven ability to build strategic partnerships. He has an excellent aptitude to working on his own initiative and is a great team player. He consistently demonstrates strong competency in analysis and problem solving.

NIALL AUSTIN JOINS THE TEAM

DELIVERING THE CONSULTANT'S TOOLKIT

Niall Austin is Managing Director of PURE Marketing Innovations Ltd., an award winning ‘Digital & Marketing Solutions’ company specialising in Business Development and Brand Strategies.

 

Pure’s clients include Coca-Cola, the GAA, Road Safety Authority, VolksWagan, Daily Mail Group, DSPCA and the John Lennon Estate.

 

With over 30 years experience in the broader Advertising and Marketing industry, Niall was a founder of Grey Advertising’s Irish operations, having previously worked with McCann Erickson (London) and Ogilvy and Mather.

 

He is also personally involved in many aspects of the Music business, having previously performing with Indie band ‘Brian’, while also working with a host of Irish entertainment legends including Mary Coughlan, Moya Brennan of Clannad, and writing and producing the final album for iconic ‘Dubliners’ front man, Ronnie Drew.

STRATEGOS LAUNCHES NEW COURSE

January 1 2019

Strategos is launching a new course called the Consultants Toolkit - intended to assist would-be consultants in setting up their own Consultancy properly. This course will, among other key areas, familiarise Consultants with Taxation Regulations that affect them and their obligations under Irish Tax Law.

STRATEGOS ANNOUNCES THE TEAM

DELIVERING OUR INTENSIVE CONSULTANT'S TOOLKIT COURSE

We are delighted to welcome these wonderful speakers

 

Patrick Flynn

Managing Partner Flynn O’Driscoll

 

Pat founded the  Flynn O’Driscoll in 2002. In 1983 he graduated with an honors BCL law degree from University College Dublin and he was admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in 1987 and in England and Wales in 1996. In 2013 he completed an Advanced Leadership Programme with the Timoney Institute and San Telmo University, Seville, Spain.

Pat previously worked with A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland’s largest law firms. He is a former senior executive of Ulster Investment Bank (part of the RBS/NatWest Group) where he specialised in global structured finance transactions involving European and US companies. He has also worked in corporate finance in Ireland and in emerging markets, particularly the Russian Federation, for a UK business. Pat was head of the corporate law department in a top 10 Dublin law firm before leaving to establish Flynn O’Driscoll.

He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association, the Irish Russian Business Association, the Irish International Business Network (IIBN), both in Dublin and London and the SME Policy Committee of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce. Pat’s current directorships include a number of international aircraft leasing companies based in Dublin and he was appointed in July 2014 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation to the Board of Directors of Enterprise Ireland for a four year term. Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

 

Tony Devine

 Managing Partner Grey Matters Network Consultants

 

“I’m the man to go to for getting something built or getting to the bottom of something that is not working. Nothing satisfies me more than finding the source of a problem, people or process and resolving it. I will get bored though with ‘good enough’ and will look to make it better or will find the next problem to solve. 


As the EMEA Services Ops Director at Dell, Tony ran a program & received a President’s Award for delivering a sustainable services business turnaround in EMEA. The approach became a global blueprint.


Tony's approach over the past 35 years in the IT industry is to research, analyse the data and find the people who can help me. He has applied this across his key capabilities in financial ops, delivery processes, vendor management, consulting, customer ops, people engagement, building start-ups as well as in my capacity as a business and executive coach. 


Perhaps most of all, it applies to his current role as Managing Partner of the Grey Matters Network. Tony founded the business with fellow ‘greyennialls’ Mick Furlong and Declan Hughes in 2015 to help make their experience count for companies in Ireland and elsewhere.

David Kane

Partner Kane Bergin Registered Auditors & Accountants

Kane Bergin are a Dublin based Certified Public Accounting firm. At Kane Bergin “we are a small firm specialising in a personal touch. We provide personal tax and financial planning advice for individuals, be they self-employed or owner-managers. We do a lot of personal tax and financial planning work for individuals be them self-employed or owner-managers of businesses. Through 30+ years, our firm has worked with every sector imaginable.”

Neil  O’Brien

Time to Fly

Neil O’Brien worked for a bank for 24 years and then decided that it was time for a change. In 1998 he founded Time To Fly! And has since become Ireland’s number one corporate conference speaker on the topic of Mental Fitness and Wellbeing.

Neil is a published author in this area with his  bookTime To Fly!  Published by Liffey Press

Neil also coaches elite and professional sports people on their mental fitness and has advised Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup golfers, pro and elite athletes, Davis Cup tennis players, the GAA and the FAI.

He was also the first ‘life coach’ to be featured on Irish television and contributed regularly to such prime time programmes as Open House, The Health Show, The Health Squad, The Mentor, The Clinic.

‘Neil has helped psychiatrists with their stress management, psychologists with their personal development, managing directors with their sense of direction, sales people sell more, footballers score more and golfers score less!’

Niall Austin

Managing Director Pure Marketing Innovations Limited

Pure  Marketing Innovations has specialised  for the past  20 years in  our client’s  Business Development through the provision of  the following services:

  1. Experiential and Digital Campaigns together with

  2. Devisingand implementingAdvertising and Promotional Campaigns.

  3. Design services

 

“Our process helps clients to better think through strategic challenge. Based on intial discussions and a situation review process, we then develop and deliver creative campaigns and initiatives that grow sales, expand relationships with existing/new customers and build brand values. Importantly when working with Pure in addition to our expensive experience and proprietary business models, when you work with us you will enjoy fresh thinking and applied common sense.”

Eamonn Sayers

Founder of Worldsportsteam.org and General Manager of G.E.C.

Eamonn works with Founders, Directors and Managers of clients including small entrepreneurial start ups / early stage companies, state development agencies, not for profit organisations and commercial businesses in the areas of strategy, business planning, general management, fundraising and investment.

Eamonn is a highly accomplished, deeply driven professional with a consistently successful track record. He is a respected energetic leader with proven ability to build strategic partnerships. He has an excellent aptitude to working on his own initiative and is a great team player. He consistently demonstrates strong competency in analysis and problem solving.

Clare Whelan,

 

Social Media and Marketing Guru.

 

Clare Whelan currently operates Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and P.R. for the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. She manages the hotel websites (brand and non-brand), creating and executing hotel related content. Clare also develops and monitors social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube.  Prior to that she worked in a variety of roles for the Base Wood Fired Pizza Group including that of Social Media and Marketing Manager. Operating the company’s social media accounts through the creation and posting of digital content.  Clare has worked with clients such as The Laura Lynn Hospice, The Bath Pub, The Jar, AIB, Accenture, Leinster Rugby, Image Magazine, The Irish Times, etc.

 
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