26th Lismullin Leadership Forum

Saturday 22nd November 2014, 10.00am-4.30pm

These seminars have helped me and many others in facing up to current business challenges, providing a source of hope and encouragement. I strongly recommend them. Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, Creagh Concrete Products Ltd

Becoming an inspirational leader

dermot duff

People will follow a person who inspires them. By their actions and attitudes, inspirational leaders show others how to behave. They motivate, enthuse, rally, listen and energise those who work with them to keep the right focus on the shared vision. Is this the kind of leader you strive to be?

Dermot Duff
Adjunct Professor in Operations Management & Strategy,
Trinity College Business School, Dublin



Format - Interactive lectures + workgroups using a case study
When - Saturday, 22nd November 2014
Time -  10.00am-4.30pm – Dinner included – Tea/coffee on arrival
VenueLismullin Conference Centre, Navan, County Meath
Who should - Anyone wishing to develop their leadership skills (preferably in their late 20s to late 30s)
Fee -  €100 / £85
How to book  Phone: (01) 676 0731 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or Pay Online

EBEN - The seminar is being run in association with the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), the main business ethics organisation in Europe with chapters in 20 countries. The mission of EBEN Ireland (www.eben.ie) includes the promotion of all aspects of business ethics and the highlighting of the benefits arising from conducting business with integrity.

CPD - Members of Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Institute of Bankers, the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, as well as the Law Society, included their attendance at the seminars as part of their Continuing Professional Development. This might also be relevant for other professional bodies.

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Forum Moderator

Dermot Duff is noted for his practical application of management “theory”. He has successfully helped develop an array of enterprises, large and small, in Ireland and abroad. An Adjunct Professor (Teaching Fellow) at Trinity College Business School, managing the MBA Strategic Company Projects, he lectures in Operations Management and Strategy. An electronics engineer by training, he held senior management positions in ITT Alcatel in Holland and was European Transformation Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation prior to its acquisition by HP. His early career was in oil exploration in Africa and the Middle East, followed by circuit design and international business development. His success in managing significant change in these large corporations led to his appointment as Senior Specialist and eventually Executive Learning Director with the Irish Management Institute. He currently leads IMI / UCC Diplomas in Management, Strategy & Innovation. He is a member of the boards of Irish companies in financial services, heavy machinery, security and IT services, and is a business advisor and coach for Enterprise Ireland. His participation in a wide variety of management programmes has allowed him to absorb the teachings of many of the world’s leading business people and academics, particularly in the areas of Strategy, Lean, Innovation and Enterprise Development. He has published the following books: Project Management: A Practical Guide (2010), Strategic Cost Reduction (2011), and Managing Professionals and Other Smart People (2014).


Our Mission Statement

To help senior people develop their leadership skills, with particular focus in the areas of professional integrity and ethics in business.

What is the Forum?

The Forum is a network set up by senior business people to help one another in developing a leadership ethos that succeeds. It fosters initiatives which inspire people to become better leaders and to learn from the experiences of others. Professional integrity and ethics play a vital role in creating a leadership ethos. A practical ethical guideline used in the Forum is that formulated by stakeholder-management expert Edward Freeman: “The Rule of Ben, Emma and Molly (his three children): Can I explain to them what I’ve done today, so they might feel proud of their father?”

The main interactions of the Forum take place during daylong seminars held a number of times each year. Each seminar is led by an expert and features an address by a leading Irish business achiever. The Chatham House Rule applies to the seminars (www.chathamhouse.org/about/chatham-house-rule).Ireland today needs a crusade of personal leadership — to revitalise hopes, to move beyond survival mode, to foster a culture of job creation and create a better ethical framework for business.The Forum aims to help in this process.


Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, Creagh Concrete Products (www.creaghconcrete.com), Toomebridge, Co. Antrim; Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013; President, International Prestressed Hollowcore Association (www.hollowcore.org)

Dr John Killeen, Chairman, Irish Marine Institute (www.marine.ie); President, Colas Ireland
(www.colas.com); Chairman, Let’s Do It, Galway – Volvo World Yacht Race 2012 (www.letsdoitgalway.com)

Peter Flanagan, General Manager, Flanagan Kerins Interiors, Bray

Gary Woods, Managing Director, GW Consulting, Belfast

Denis Minihane, Regional Business Manager, Bank of Ireland, Limerick

Ronan O’Farrell and Paul Harman, Lismullin Institute


The group dynamic worked really well, as did the time given to break out discussion and plenary sessions. The mix of professions and types of experience in managing people led to a much more frank, diverse and fruitful discussion on the issue than if we had all been from the same company. The facilitator’s ability to bring his own wealth of experience to the debate, while at the same time not ‘lecturing’ the group on what is right and wrong in any given situation, was refreshing and allowed the participants to look to their own experience and come up with possible solutions going forward. Getting the case studies prior to the seminar is a really good idea. The fact that timekeeping was observed was super, especially important on a Saturday when people also have other plans/commitments to maintain.

Niamh Walsh

Insight into how other people deal with situations that I have been in, or will be in — a fresh perspective on the daily challenges of a management role, while behaving in an ethical manner.

Sean Hegarty, Creagh Concrete, Antrim

The explanation of theories of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.

Mary O’Connor, Greenchain, Kildare

I have to say that I learned more in this leadership seminar which lasted six hours than in my university management classes which lasted a year. I really enjoyed looking at the different points of view of CEOs, managers and employees in resolving the case studies. The seminar showed what happens in practice, rather than the theory. I also found it very interesting that employees at many levels in an organisation are keen to do things the right way. And I was happy to see that there are still loads of people who have very high values.

Fernando Rodriquez, Dublin

I enjoyed reading the case study as the Homeless World Cup was something which I had previously never heard about. I also enjoyed listening to other people’s views on the concept of CSR.

Catherine McKeague, Creagh Concrete, Antrim

Break out groups were good — very interesting topics discussed.

Rick Grogan, Grogans Accountants, Galway

The content was relevant to me.

Mary Ward, McKesson Ireland, Dublin

Thanks to the case studies, I realized the forms of bullying which people might encounter.

Jaroslaw Rymarz, Kerry Group, Dublin

Clarity on a grey area: it is too simple to say that the Homeless World Cup should not use Nike for sponsorship — the reality is more nuanced, and both gain from each other’s involvement.

David Kane, Chemoran, Galway

Different takes on a scenario helped me to broaden my views/approach. The forum provides a good platform for networking and learning from each other.

Sreejith Nanukuttan, Queen’s University Belfast

Most beneficial: the different ideas presented and the encouragement to think outside the box. People and business are rarely straightforward and the idea of building alliances based on very different aims was presented in a very attractive fashion.

Jeffrey Egan, McGraw Hill Education, Dublin


Mission Statement

Our mission statement is to help people develop their leadership skills, with a particular focus in the areas of professional integrity and ethics in business.

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