“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones”

Meet today's challenges by transforming how you think

It’s how you think, not what you think . . . Business, economy, politics, and society are currently in transition to a greater degree of uncertainty and complexity. Changing how we think and developing multiple standpoints and enlarged perspectives are needed to meet the individual and organisational challenges that are arising.

Join us in the Keynes Centre for Transformational Leadership Experiences to achieve your own professional transformation – essential for modern leadership.

The Keynes Centre, based at University College Cork, Ireland, has established a reputation internationally as a leading home for innovative thinking about leadership, redefining and championing its importance for people in all walks of life and for all kinds of organisations.

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This developmental experience will attract those with an appetite for disruptive and challenging growth.

Participating will help you develop new mental strengths and emotional resilience, equipping you to get the best from yourself, your people, and your customers.

You will develop the ability to operate with new tools of thinking, moving you away from over-relying on control and perfection to having a fuller and more integrated approach to building relationships and making judgements.

'The Leadership Mind' Experience is designed for senior management. Participants are likely to be already making decisions, influencing staff and customers, and have an appetite for change and growth.

Once you have experienced a transformation in your thinking as a lived experience, you will be more self-aware and able to engage with the complexity of the world more effectively.

Specifically you will be able to:

  • Practice “Leadership as Insight”.
  • Immerse yourself in “working out” your insights.
  • Hold multiple standpoints while making judgements
  • Anchor yourself in a "self-authored mind."
  • Be able to select appropriate concepts and theories and think with them, making informed choices.
  • Be aware of the impact on others.
  • Take responsibility for and regulating your own mind and behaviour.

'The Leadership Mind' Experience is a one-day open offering, after which individual sessions will be provided over the course of the year.

We can also adapt 'The Leadership Mind' Experience to a specific company offering on request.

For more information, call us on +353 (0) 21 4658604 | 05 | 06 or email keynes@ucc.ie. You may be eligible for CPD or other recognition for professional standards upkeeping. Contact The Keynes Centre for more information.

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A workable and sustainable concept of 'leadership'

The Leadership Mind is about how to think about ‘leadership’ as a capability that can be developed through personal transformation, culminating in ‘The Leadership Mind’ – a mind that can operate at uncertainty and meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

Cutting through the current bewildering confusion of ideas in the field, it provides a workable and sustainable concept of ‘leadership’ centred on ‘insight’, allowing us to think more clearly about leadership practice and development.

The book also offers guidance on how to press the re-start button by stepping away from the crowd and taking responsibility for our own development. By thinking anew, we can take our first step towards genuine leadership.

The Authors: Connell Fanning is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Founding Director of The Keynes Centre. Assumpta O'Kane is an occupational psychologist and researcher, a facilitator of transformation in adult development, and a specialist advisor on organisational development

Online resources for the book can be found here.

What participants had to say:

Susan Steele

Executive Director, European Fisheries Control Agency

“Connell taught me that the thought process used to tackle a situation is key. Everything I do in work now is thoroughly thought out. I sit back for a second and think about it – my decisions are framed differently in my head now. This unique method of thinking changed how I make decisions.”

Donal Downey

Senior Director, Global External Manufacturing, Dell Technologies

“Connell showed me the importance of actually using a theory to understand something. His choice of theorists was also interesting as they brought different viewpoints. It impressed me that academic theories could be so useful.”

Colman Kirby

Director, Global Support Center, Dell Technologies

“Prof. Fanning’s innovative system of adult mental development brings about a new awareness, clarity and a framework that enhances effectiveness in any professional environment. I would urge any executive wanting to operate at a higher level to participate in a Keynes Centre offering.”

Liz Dunphy

Journalist at the Evening Echo

“The Keynes Centre offers a different approach to learning that is of huge value: the gentle challenging of our assumptions as well as the developing of critical thinking. It leads to lifelong habit changes. I’m taking a lot of time to reflect and view things from different angles.”

Kevin Twomey

Chief Solutions Architect, Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Dell Technologies

“I found Professor Connell Fanning’s insights into leadership thought provoking and empowering – they made me question how I was functioning in my everyday professional life, and allowed me to see how I could improve my performance.”

Dr Niall O’Keeffe

Chief Executive for Economic Development, St Helena Island, South Atlantic.

“Through Transformative Thinking, Connell led me to re-examine material, not just interpret information at face-value, and question more. I learnt how to ask questions and challenge ideas and also became more aware of my thoughts.”

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