The thrive Team
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Damian Killen, Founder & Managing Director
Damian has over 20 years experience as a consultant to leading private, public and not-for-profit and sector organisations throughout Europe and around the globe. His corporate experience encompasses finance, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, service and telecommunications industries.
“I have always been curious about people,” Damian says of his work. “I want to know why people do what they do; what motivates them and what encourages them to act in a particular way. I want to understand what makes them effective, whether that be on their own or working with others, and what interferes with their ability to perform.”
Over the past 25 years Damian has harnessed his understanding of personality types to explore the best ways of: dealing with conflict, coping with change, leading others, creating high performing teams, setting strategies that people willingly commit to and fostering innovation.
“For me the secret is simple – work with others to truly understand what is going on in any given situation and work with others to find a way to improve it. As a consultant I have two clear tasks – to ask the right questions and then to create pathways for others to find the best answers.”
While Damian uses a wide variety of psychometric tools, over the past 25 years he has developed particular expertise in the use and application of the MBTI® and has been a member of the instrument’s European Qualifying Programme Faculty. He has also co-authored the Introduction to Type® Program (Leader’s Resource Guide) and Introduction to Type & Innovation. He regularly receives invitations from across the globe to lead workshops on MBTI® and to deliver keynote addresses at conferences and seminars.
Ann Flaherty, Senior Consultant
Ann has broad HR management experience and has run both Recruitment & Selection and Learning & Development functions in the commercial sector along with wide experience across the talent management agenda. As a result, she particularly enjoys projects that cross the full spectrum.
“I’ve been an accredited practitioner of various psychometric tools over the past 30 years,” she says, “and I’ve always been driven by a strong belief in the evidence-
based approach. It’s important to be in constant touch with the latest thinking and the practical applications of it.”
Ann also has a strong belief in the value of one-to-one coaching to support individual and organisational performance standards and needs. She firmly believes that coaching can be used to develop positive and adaptable behaviour change at depth. “I’m always aware that in an organisation, if each individual is given customised development support, it encourages people to be more aware of how they can contribute to team and organisation goals and success, as well as being more attuned to their own needs.”
A chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), she is ASE/BPS accredited in both level A and B psychometric testing and is currently completing a Higher Diploma in Psychology at University College Dublin.
Brendan Doyle, Senior Consultant
Brendan brings a wealth of practical experience to consultancy from both the private and not-for-profit sectors and has particular expertise in the areas of coaching and mentoring as well as in developing high performance teams.
“There are two key issues for me in striving for high performance,” he says.” The first is identifying ways in which a team can accurately align its own objectives with the overarching strategy of its business or organisation, so the team members have a clear picture of where they are headed. But individuals are different, so it follows that each team is different. The second issue, therefore, the really exciting piece, is about finding the optimum ways of helping the team members interact, complement and add value to each other.
“High performance development is all about identifying what’s truly important, then helping teams slot the right elements together in the right way. It’s part science, part craft and part intuition and when it works it’s a joy to behold. But when it works really well, which is more often than you might reasonably expect, the results are not alone highly effective, they’re truly inspiring – and often for the whole organisation.”
Brendan also has considerable experience in Leadership and Management Development Programmes and the disciplines of change management and facilitation – activities that have involved him in projects the length and breadth of Europe. He is a qualified and licensed practitioner of MBTI® psychological evaluation and of the in-depth business team analytic FIRO-B. Brendan’s work with thrive has encompassed clients in a wide range of sectors, from energy, food and telecoms to healthcare and pharmaceuticals, professional services and manufacturing.
Derek Carter (FIITD),
Learning & Organisational Development Consultant
With 17 years’ Learning & Development experience, Derek is known widely as an energetic, creative and driven professional. He has international experience as an employee, a manager and a consultant and has helped thousands of people to become more effective in their roles.
Having originally studied computer programming, he opted for a different career, cutting his teeth in the world of sales with companies such as The Car Buyers Guide and America Online. His people skills got him noticed and quickly led to him being certified to train and coach others across Ireland and the UK.
He spent the next 12 years honing his skills and taking on progressively more responsibility in organisations such as Swiftcall Ltd., Polaris HR and Aramark Ireland, where he spent 5 years as their Learning & Development Manager. Derek has designed, implemented and managed many large-scale training and organisational development interventions, picking up a number of awards in recent years. He joined thrive in 2013.
Speaking of his current work, Derek says: “I enjoy helping leaders and managers to work more efficiently and effectively in their own roles, as well as working with them to unleash the potential of their teams. It’s exciting to see a team develop a winning attitude and combine it with enhanced knowledge and skills – this is where they really step up to the next level of performance”.
His areas of expertise include management and leadership development, performance management, engagement, sales & customer care, talent management and succession planning, coaching, organisational culture and conflict management and mediation. A fully qualified NUIM and IITD trainer, Derek is a licensed practitioner of Myers Briggs Type Indicator® and of the Hay Group’s ECI, is a certified workplace mediator and a Corporate Executive Board’s ‘Challenger Selling’ Programme certified trainer. He is also a Fellow of the IITD.
At the heart of every successful service organisation you will find a skilled organiser, someone who combines efficiency with diplomacy, who consistently makes things happen with an air of calm. Good organisers give everyone else the confidence to focus on their immediate tasks, comfortable in the knowledge that a high proficient and diligent manager is looking around the next corner, anticipating events and directing resources in an appropriate and timely manner.
In thrive that person is Sharon. She is the first point of contact for most of our clients and her in-depth experience of recruitment and training, developed over more than 20 years in Ireland and the United States, enables her to direct any enquiry to the Senior Consultant best suited to meeting their requirements. Sharon started her career working with a specialist actuarial recruiting agency, later developing a broader skill base working with agencies and companies in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
“I enjoy the variety of my work,” she says. “it’s rewarding to be involved with clients and, with the benefit of experience, to anticipate their likely requirements.” With the range of personality testing that thrive undertakes there can be a lot involved in making sure that everything runs smoothly – from the basics of having what is needed in stock to ensuring delivery of detailed finished reports.
“This is bread and butter to us in thrive,” Sharon says, “but we have to remember that for each client this can be a new and important journey of self-discovery – exciting but also challenging. People want insights into themselves but, naturally enough, there can be a certain trepidation about what they will find when they go there. It’s vitally important that all of us in thrive remain aware of that potential vulnerability.”