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The Grey Matters Network Podcast

The Grey Matters Network Podcast

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Coaching & Mentoring Series - Growth
WILLIAM BALDWIN - William, through his enthusiastic interaction with people/organisations creates an environment that helps people/organisations to "jump over the moon" (create outrageous goals/strategies, use their strengths to achieve greatness) while having fun all the way (creating an environment of collaboration, innovation, barrier breaking, enthusiastic "can do" and fun). Over than 25 years’ experience in areas such as HR Structures (Organisational Design, Organisational Structure, Organisational Development, Competency Frameworks, Grading Structures and Recruitment Processes) Organisational Culture & System Change, Organisational Efficiency, Document Management, Quality Management, Human Resources, Health & Safety Management, Business Excellence, Operational Excellence, Learning & Development, and Enterprise Risk Management . Passionate about been a contributor in the area of excellence in every organisation worked with. It is this search for excellence and passion that led to gaining insights provided by neurosciences and its application in the corporate arena. With an objective to unify the business needs and mind-set with that of human resources, risk, quality, compliance, health & safety and organisational culture, William uses his experience in a number of industrial sectors including Banking, Retail, Manufacturing (window fashion, food products, chemical processing, heavy engineering, and healthcare), Distribution (pharmaceutical, healthcare, and food products), Forestry (saw-milling, processing and construction), Construction and Consultancy Services, in every project he takes on. William has been an executive trainer, facilitator, coach and mentor with over 15 years providing individual and group interventions leading to personal and organisational growth, development and transformation. Todays Podcast in about the theme of Growth  Why – the motivation for the Growth objective Understand your capacity The importance of a Driver - the visionary A 90 Day plan - managing your capabilities  Key takeaways Know where you want to go Don’t give it up, keep going Don’t do it all yourself. William is one of our panel of coaches available - https://www.thegreymattersnetwork.com/our-expertise/coaching-mentoring/ The Grey Matters Network www.thegreymattersnetwork.com Formed in 2015 to provide organisations with access to a cohort of highly experienced professionals. Our expert panel has grown continuously since its inception and consists of people with experience of almost every sector and functional area. Our customers range from small SME’s, large multinationals, and State or NFP organisations. You can engage with us in a variety of ways from full time permanent placements to short advisory assignments. Our reputation is built on trust, borne out by the track record of our panel members.
09:10
October 13, 2021
The importance of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing in the workplace
Caroline Hughes talks to us in detail about 'Burnout' how to recognise the causes and the signs from her extensive experience in the workplace, as a coach, leader and from personal experience. 1. Can you tell us about the importance of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing for us all. 2. What if any difference is there between being a Workaholic and a person suffering from Burnout.? 3. What are the underlying causes? 4. What is the prevalence of burnout in the workforce currently? 5. What are the implications for the employee and for the employer? 6. How did you deal with your own personal burnout battle? 7. What are your recommendations to our listeners? #mindsets #reputation #culture #WorldHealthOrganisation #wellbeingstrategies #boundaries #microhabits Caroline Hughes Highly experienced global executive who has lead teams across multiple time zones in delivering large scale transformation in global leadership development, inclusion and diversity. Specific expertise in curating well chosen experiences and professional development to enable talent to progress within an organisation. As Chief Learning Architect she partnered with global thought leaders such as Centre for Creative Leadership, Duke CE, McKinsey Institute to develop a curriculum of development interventions for leaders at all levels; and partnered with YSC on executive assessment and development planning for hipo for C Suite and C suite minus one roles. Recovering from severe burnout in 2019, Caroline turned her illness into a transformational life event. She went from years of "doing a deal a day" to block out physical pain and convince herself to sustain her own performance, lead teams and deliver highly effective solutions, to being forced to step back completely. During that time she realised that her drive and passion for her work were partly responsible for her burnout and in her 12 month recuperation, she discovered the importance of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing as ultimately giving her tools to increase her bandwidth and change her life. Having studied with some of the greats - Deepak Chopra, Brené Brown, Tony Robbins, Michael Neill and others, she brings razor-sharp strategic insights and empathy to coaching relationships with executives and development of corporate strategy for leadership development and wellbeing. You can access experienced coaches and mentors like Caroline at the Grey Matters Network  www.thegreymattersnetwork.com Email - info@thegreymattersnetwork.com
12:52
October 6, 2021
Coaching & Mentoring with the Grey Matters Network - Series 1 with Susan Bourke
We are running a weekly series of podcasts the many benefits and coaching and mentoring from personal development perspective and for advice on managing teams and leadership teams. Today Tony Devine talks to an experienced coach and business owner Susan Bourke about the Five workforce priorities are emerging for business leaders, All five have a people component: • Protect people • Communicate effectively • Maintain continuity of work • Assess workforce costs • Prepare for recovery •   In a traditional workplace, priorities like protecting people and communicating effectively were part of everyday leadership.  When the workplace culture moved into the home, remote working altered the status quo. Susan talks to us about a critical platform to lead; #Attention #Focus #Trust Susan Bourke  linkedin.com/in/suebourke Msc Digital Marketing QQI Award Level 6 Coaching Models of Practice Distinction Susan Bourke has been in the legal business over 20 years and has worked first hand with firms nationwide to develop their in-house marketing and put them on the first page of Google. Her day job is to assist solicitors and the legal business sector increase their footfall and sales by providing online marketing services with her own SaaS platform. Bourke has a Masters in Digital Marketing and established LegalRSS.ie as a direct response to the needs of Irish solicitors . She has been a business mentor to many firms nationwide and now provides coaching to businesses both legal and professional services combining her experience and knowledge in a unique coach/mentor approach. Bourke says; If you always do what you have always done ,you will always have what you have always got…. In 2022 post Covid that will not be enough.” Check out our panel of coaches, mentors and advisors on  https://www.thegreymattersnetwork.com/our-expertise/ We help organisations source experienced professional resources Our Professionals have a minimum of 20 years experience across multiple functions and sectors https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonydevinecoaching/
11:31
September 30, 2021
Ask the Experts - Business Process Improvement
Mick furlong talks to Dave Flynn all about Business Process Improvement, Lean Thinking and looking at your organisation's performance. Dave explains about maximising value and minimising waste to optimise your organisation and teams. Why the sooner you start the sooner you see the benefits and why these methodologies can be used in all business sizes. Listen to hear more about the value, the importance of leadership and reducing costs that serves. Dave Flynn David has been working as a consultant since 2007 during which time he has taken on a number of full time roles. These roles were based both in UK/Irl and internationally in the USA and Singapore. He is a Lean Operations Practitioner with a keen commercial sense and a significant track record in change management and the business transformation. Currently working on an assignment with John Sisk on a variety of projects in Construction and IT. He started his career in Construction and has recently completed a Project for a large UK Bulider applying Lean Thinking and Cost Reduction techniques delivering substantial savings. He is process focussed and works collaboratively with client teams to deliver successful outcomes to this projects. His work demonstrates a capacity to deliver change through people and processes with a highly developed and practical approach to problem solving. He is experienced in establishing and maintaining key business relationships, internally and externally, and is customer focused with excellent interpersonal abilities. Specialties: Lean Six Sigma Deployment and Engagement. Project Management, Change Management, DMAIC, Kaizen, Process Improvement, Business Process Management, Continuous Improvement, Process Mapping Mick Furlong - linkedin.com/in/mick-furlong-817491b Experienced Non-Exec/Exec Director. Non-Exec Roles in several IT Start Ups and on National Council of ISME. Exec Roles in Bord Gais, Aviva Ins, VHI and Accenture. My core capabilities include Fintech, Risk, Governance. The Grey Matters Network The Grey Matters Network was formed in 2015 in order to provide organisations with access to a cohort of highly experienced professionals. It is also a vehicle for individuals who typically have had a long and distinguished professional career. The Associate panel has grown continuously since its inception and consists of people with experience of almost every sector and functional area. Our customers range from small SME’s, large multinationals, and State or NFP organisations. Our panel members are engaged in a variety of ways from full time permanent placements to short advisory assignments. Our reputation is built on trust, borne out by the track record of our panel members. Today, more than ever, our clients value the experience our team delivers. www.thegreymattersnetwork.com
10:25
August 25, 2021
Sustainable Business Development
Tony Devine talks to an industy expert Declan Ryan on Sustainable Business Development. Declan talks about the UN goals and the 4 key goals many progressive businesses are adopting 1. Equality 2. Clean Energy 3. Climate Action 4. Responsible consumption and production The principal of the 3 legged stool - People, Profit and Planet. The benefits to a business; - long term value - customers - profitability - banking & investors - taxation - public opinion  .... Declan gives some insights into the strategy, measurements and development and some market leaders in this area such as Bord Na Mona, Tesla & Astra Zeneca. 'Show your Green and Act your Green' Declan Ryan https://www.linkedin.com/in/declanryanbb48411a/ A highly qualified and accomplished managing director and consultant with substantial recent experience with a proven record of helping organisations build their capability to deliver value. Has successfully led the development and growth of these organisations, through a combination of organic development activities, mergers and acquisitions, development of appropriate management structures and systems, and fostering a positive, safe, and proactive culture throughout the organisation. Over 35 years working experience in dynamic markets, including: - Interim and senior executive management, leading companies and guiding organisations. - - - Innovated diverse products, services and processes to deliver increased profitability. - Managed complex projects and programs. - 30+ years in energy, waste, sustainable energy and sustainability markets. - Facilitating the delivery of business capability improvement and innovation. - Designed and delivered capable management teams and lead these teams through various strategic initiatives and expansion projects. - Significant Board experience, both as executive and non-executive director. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonydevinecoaching To hear more about the expertise that the Grey Matters Network can offer check out  www.thegreymattersnetwork.com
11:22
June 14, 2021
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION - What are the questions to ask of your business?
Tony talks to 2 experts in the Digital Transformation space - Conor O'Brien & John Brophy. Why DT?  How you go about it and What you need to consider? Some great advice and insights to ask of our business and to ensure you are not only looking for 'operational efficiency'. Also to consider all the channels, and it's not all about the technology. The importance of the customer experience and the CALM methodology. The importance of including all of your teams in your digital strategy. To learn more about our speakers today, see bio's below. To listen to the first podcast on DT  check out  https://anchor.fm/thegreymattersnetwork/episodes/The-Grey-Matters-Network---ASK-THE-EXPERT---Digital-Transformation-eu1i66 John Brophy: Experienced Company Owner, Lifelong Learner and Qualified Agile Business Coach, Certified DevOps Leader, winner of Company of the Year (Wicklow) and most Innovative company (Wicklow) and National Finalist (last 8 from 22,000) in National Enterprise Awards. Short-listed for Irish Export awards in 2012. In addition to expertise in SME sector, John has significant experience with a major Global ICT organization, and substantial experience with technology in Financial Services sector.  Speaker at Lean exhibitions and experienced trainer and coach in Ireland, Canada, China, EU and UK. Technology Mentor for Dublin City and Carlow LEO and ICT Skillnet. Procurement advisor for major semi-state bodies. Conor O’Brien: With a long career in technology and business operations, Conor has worked in banking, insurance, outsourcing and state sectors and has held the position of CEO of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for four years. His experience in Financial Services spans technology, outsourcing, business transformation and strategic planning - Conor was the Chief Operating Officer of Friends First and Capita Asset Services and has deep knowledge of technology and how to leverage this to improve customer service and solve business problems. Tony Devine https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonydevinecoaching/ The Grey Matters Network provide experienced professionals to many organisations - Check out www.thegreymattersnetwork.com.
12:37
May 27, 2021
Governance - ensuring effective systems & controls in our organisation
Donal Courtney, a leading expert in Corporate Governance at regulated entity and PLC’s both at executive and non-executive levels gives us invaluable advice on the fundamentals of managing Governance in organisations which are very relevant today - Regulation Cybersecurity Outsourcing Remote Working Donal explains the 5 keys areas in making good Governance a success in your organisation - Strategy & Risks  - Strong financial & internal controls  - Availability of quality data - Customer focus - People Donal Courtney BBS FCA LIB · Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Certified Bank Director with Institute of Bankers · Experienced CFO having worked with Arthur Andersen, Orix, Airbus and GMAC across a number of industries-corporate and retail banking, asset financing, commercial property and aircraft financing and leasing · Experienced Independent Non-Executive Director with PTSB plc, Dell Financial Services, IPUT and Unicredit Bank Ireland chairing audit and risk committees · Advisor to small and medium-size enterprises on finance and strategy · Keys skill sets: o Finance function setups in terms of people, systems, policies, and procedures o Technical accounting o Corporate treasury o Corporate Governance at regulated entity and plc’s both at executive and non-executive levels o Strategic planning and analysis o Recruitment at C suite and board levels o Leadership training Donal is one of the panel of experienced professionals with the Grey Matters Network. Contact us today if we can help you or your organisation - Mick@thegreymattersnetwork.com MIck Furlong An experienced Non-Executive/Executive Director. I have held Non-Exec Roles in several IT Start-Ups and on the National Council of ISME. I have held Executive Roles in Bord Gais, Aviva Insurance, VHI Healthcare and Accenture. I have established a successful Consulting/Recruitment Organisation. I have multi-sector experience across Financial Services, Fintech, Energy, Insurance, Healthcare, Technology, and Consulting. My core capabilities include Risk, Governance, Technology, and Operating Model Transformation.
12:17
May 9, 2021
“Leveraging flexible workforce solutions' MIck Furlong talks to Michael Ryan, SISK, IT Projects Director.
MIck Furlong talks to the IT Projects Director of Sisk, Michael Ryan;  1. What drives you to decide to use contract rather than permanent resource solutions? 2. What is your view on the value you have enjoyed using contractor resources? 3. Is there particular areas that contract resources are more appropriate? 4. What advice would you give to others? MIchael Ryan  An energetic and decisive senior executive with a sustained track record of delivering business outcomes through successful execution of business transformation programmes. Very passionate about embracing big challenges and helping others succeed. Always looking to opportunities to deliver real value for clients in Business Transformation programs, complex program governance, Sales Leadership, or as a strategic advisor on adopting new technologies such as cloud. Recognised as a proven performer in Business Leadership, Complex Program Management and Sales Leadership with extensive expertise in building and leading teams through major change and transformation. A trusted Strategic advisor. A track record of establishing new business units. SISK  Ireland's leading builder and contractor, delivering projects in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Our name is synonymous with excellence and quality, guided by our values of Care, Integrity and Excellence. Family owned, we played a key role in the development of modern Ireland and continue to lead some of the most iconic building projects and deliver homes and major road and rail infrastructure projects. MIck Furlong An experienced Non-Executive/Executive Director. I have held Non-Exec Roles in several IT Start-Ups and on the National Council of ISME. I have held Executive Roles in Bord Gais, Aviva Insurance, VHI Healthcare and Accenture. I have established a successful Consulting/Recruitment Organisation. I have multi-sector experience across Financial Services, Fintech, Energy, Insurance, Healthcare, Technology, and Consulting. My core capabilities include Risk, Governance, Technology, and Operating Model Transformation. Email - Mick@thegreymattersnetwork.com www.thegreymattersnetwork.com
12:32
May 4, 2021
ASK THE EXPERTS - Business Continuity
Mick Furlong talks to an experienced leader in management, risk management and crisis management. The significance of having a Business Continuity Plan - how you respond and managing all the stakeholders, a great insight from one of our experts Ed Flanagan. Ed is an experienced leader working in many sectors, his passions  Helping entrepreneurs work on their business rather that in their business Pattern matching and mapping, applying my experience to help       others Bring clarity to Business Models, USP, UVP, and areas to drive and       areas to drop Reducing costs, avoiding waste and increasing market share -       driving profit growth Adding testimonials to proof point my commitment to helping others Qualifications BA (hon),1st Class in Statistics Finance, ACCA (L2) Prince2, Practitioner Lean Six Sigma, Black Belt (pending) Experience Corporate World Class Leader IBM 1st, 2nd, 3level management and Executive Finance Operations Outsourcing Real Estate, Communication Pricing and Special Bids, Sales and Marketing Audit, Process improvement, Lean Six sigma Change management , Business Continuity, ISC Experience SMEs Founder of small business Photography Mentor with several LEOs, 100s of SME, with numerous exceptional       testimonials confirming knowledge sharing/confidence building and       simplification. Finance Cashflow forecasting Pricing Business Model/ Business Case development Funding and MFI preparation, VC and Angle funds Pitching Business / Pitching both business and self branding Business Continuity - and pivoting Bookkeeping/Tax/Vat/Tax returns Ideation Brexit preparation/execution Lean for small businesses Trading Online Voucher ( assessor) Scaling PLATO speaker Notable memberships/affiliations Mentor with several LEOs in Dublin and around the country PLATO speaker Associate with GMn Consultant with Etec Chairman of Innovate Dublin Board Our interview today is Mick Furlong - one of the founding partners of the Grey Matters Network. Mick is experienced Non-Executive/Executive Director. I have held Non-Exec Roles in several IT Start Ups and on the National Council of ISME. I have held Executive Roles in Bord Gais, Aviva Insurance, VHI Healthcare and Accenture. I have established a successful Consulting/Recruitment Organisation. I have multi-sector experience across Financial Services, Fintech, Energy, Insurance, Healthcare, Technology and Consulting. My core capabilities include Risk, Governance, Technology and Operating Model Transformation.
07:25
April 9, 2021
The Grey Matters Network - ASK THE EXPERT - Digital Transformation
Tony Devine talks to one of our experts John Brophy ahead of the launch of his new book on 'It's a Marathon' a step by step guide and understanding of Digital Transformation. This podcast is packed with practical guidance and advice on all thing -Digital Transformation - some useful tips and what to think about before you embark on this transition and why you should or should not. John Brophy: Experienced Company Owner, Lifelong Learner and Qualified Agile Business Coach, Certified DevOps Leader, winner of Company of the Year (Wicklow) and most Innovative company (Wicklow) and National Finalist (last 8 from 22,000) in National Enterprise Awards. Short-listed for Irish Export awards in 2012. In addition to expertise in SME sector, John has significant experience with a major Global ICT organization, and substantial experience with technology in Financial Services sector.  Speaker at Lean exhibitions and experienced trainer and coach in Ireland, Canada, China, EU and UK. Technology Mentor for Dublin City and Carlow LEO and ICT Skillnet. Procurement advisor for major semi-state bodies. Conor O’Brien: With a long career in technology and business operations, Conor has worked in banking, insurance, outsourcing and state sectors and has held the position of CEO of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for four years. His experience in Financial Services spans technology, outsourcing, business transformation and strategic planning - Conor was the Chief Operating Officer of Friends First and Capita Asset Services and has deep knowledge of technology and how to leverage this to improve customer service and solve business problems.  The Grey Matters Network provide experienced professionals to many organisations - check out www.thegreymattersnetwork.com.
10:35
April 1, 2021
The Grey Matters Network - ASK THE EXPERTS - Organisation Effectiveness - Trailer
A taster of our upcoming interview - taking a look into the importance of Organistation Effectiveness, the impact, the levers, and the lessons.
01:01
March 24, 2021
The Grey Matters Network - ASK THE EXPERT - ORGANISATION EFFECTIVENESS
Today we will be talking about the importance of Organisation Effectiveness. What you need to know from the 5 levers to the lessons to be learned. Tony Devine talks to one of our experts in Organisation Effectiveness;  Lorraine Wrafter. Lorraine, is a a Senior Executive with over 30 years experience in Human Resouces, 20 years global experience across diverse businesses. She was the HR lead on two global acqusitions, several small one country acquisitions and a Merger. Her specilaism is Organisation Effectiveness, Culture change/integration (national & organisation) Succession Planning & Leadersthip Development. She also has a unique process called The Problem helping clients to work on a problem.
09:27
March 24, 2021
The Grey Matters Network - ASK THE EXPERT - MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
In this episode Tony Devine talks to Lorraine Wrafter about what you need to know when merging or acquiring a company, the advice today is around the People Dimension - what you need to consider? from Culture to Transitions Teams, the importance of due diligence.   Lorraine Wrafter is a Global HR Director, expert in Organisation Effectiveness, Culture change/integration, Succession Planning & Leadership Development.  Executive Masters Consulting and Coaching for Change, Insead France.  Irish, currently living in Belgium and has lived and worked in Switzerland, UK & US.
09:21
March 5, 2021