Ireland Leadership Training Expert
After 10 years in operations, I took leave of absence to study Food Science & Business Management.
On my return, I was promoted to Production Manager in the Liquid Milk Department, and studied Supervisory Management at night. My duties included the smooth running of the plant, producing quality products that met legal requirements and met or exceeded customer expectations.
I was also responsible for the motivation and training of staff, hygiene, reducing waste and efficiency.
After 10 years in management, I was introduced to Crestcom International, a leadership development company based in Denver, USA. After my initial training in the US, I set up my own training business, and was awarded a licence to deliver Crestcom's Bullet Proof Manager development programme.
With two other licencees in Ireland, we are now delivering the programme countrywide, andalso in- house for larger companies.
The course consists of 24 leadership modules delivered over 12 months ie 2 x 2 hour modules for 12 consecutive months. Companies can start any month they choose.
The modules are based on 12 fundamental skills:
Communication - Customer Focus - Decision Making - Delegation - Developing Productive Teams - Leading Through Change - Managing Energy & Time - Negotiation - Planning & Prioritizing - Problem Solving - Recruiting & Retention - Strategic Thinking.
Our accountability process includes Crestcom facilitators debriefing action plans in-house between modules.
Clients include Xtratherm in Navan, Procter & Gamble in Nenagh, Core Software in Mitchelstown, Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery, Menarini Pharmaceuticals & Airtel ATN in Dublin, MSL Engineering in Cork, Anglo Irish Refrigeration in Ashbourne, Tobin Consulting Engineers in Galway. For more information, visit www.crestcomleadership.com.
I am also a member of Nenagh Toastmasters, an international organisation dedicated to the development of leadership skills through the medium of public speaking.
I have fulfilled many leadership roles, including President in 2009.
In 2019, I was appointed Area Director for Area 24, serving the interests & needs of five clubs in the area.
I have completed a number of advanced communication & leadership projects, and have also mentored many new members.
In 2009, I won the Area 24 Speech Evaluation contest, and in 2017, I came second in the Division International Speech contest.
I am married to Mary, and have 2 children, David, 16, and Caoimhe, 14.
My interests include doing outdoor activities with my family, cycling, swimming, hill walking, following Tipperary GAA, and coaching our local soccer team, Knigh United Under 14's.
I am also a DLA (Deputy Launch Authority) with Lough Derg RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) at Dromineer Bay, Co. Tipperary.
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""I have been delighted with the Crestcom approach & Brendan's flexibility in best meeting our plant's needs. Doing two on-site training sessions per month eliminates travel costs, which represent about two thirds of our annual training expenses, and provides flexibility. We've been able to train an expanded group of leaders,..." Read More
, Plant Manager
Procter & Gamble, Nenagh.
""As we're coming to the end of the course, I'd like to share some of the benefits we've taken from the programme. The interactive nature of the course, and working with leaders from different companies, was a very enjoyable experience. What was most effective was the monthly follow up debriefing..." Read More
, Managing Director
MSL Engineering, Cork.
""In 2012 we invested in Crestcom training with Brendan O'Brien as facilitator. The first attendees were senior managers and during the 12 month course significant benefit was gained from adopting many of the 24 training modules. As a company we felt that the course would benefit the next level of..." Read More
, Managing Director
Core Software, Mitchelstown.