Brexit briefing told ‘never waste a crisis’

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Attending the Guaranteed Irish briefing on ‘Brexit-An Opportunity for the Mid-West’ were Dr Mary Shire, Director, Strategic Alliances, UL, Ian Headon, Senior VP, Northern Trust, David Conway, CEO, Limerick Twenty Thirty, Senator Maria Byrne, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group, Miriam Magner Flynn, MD, Carrera Decisions and Brid O’Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22
Attending the Guaranteed Irish briefing on ‘Brexit-An Opportunity for the Mid-West’ were Dr Mary Shire, Director, Strategic Alliances, UL, Ian Headon, Senior VP, Northern Trust, David Conway, CEO, Limerick Twenty Thirty, Senator Maria Byrne, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group, Miriam Magner Flynn, MD, Carrera Decisions and Brid O’Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

THE world of work is changing rapidly and new skills are needed for companies to meet the challenges that these changes will bring.

That was the central message at the inaugural Guaranteed Irish Limerick event “Brexit: Opportunities for the Mid-West” held in the Clayton Hotel last week.

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The breakfast briefing, which was attended by executives from multi-national companies, entrepreneurs and educational institutions, included a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with industry experts.

The panel, which included newly appointed Shannon Group chief executive Mary Considine, Northern Trust senior vice-president  Ian Headon and Limerick entrepreneur Miriam Magner-Flynn, explored the opportunities for the region post Brexit.

Ms Magner-Flynn, who is founder of recruitment specialists Career Decisions, advised business owners to “never waste a crisis” and use it as an opportunity to re-organise their business, continuously learn, improve and enhance performance and profitability.

“Businesses and their employees need to be constantly learning and upskilling to be agile, innovative and capable of responding to industry changes and opportunities. New skills are required for companies to thrive in the future,” she said.

“With the right Leadership and management, we can benefit from Brexit. Mindset and culture are paramount; and through strong Leadership we can create positive mindsets ready to embrace change and ensure great teams are in place to futureproof our businesses” she added.

“At Career Decisions, we see a growing demand for our Diploma in High-Performance Leadership awarded by Technological University Dublin as well as a significant demand for Managers to be trained as Coaches.

“These programmes help Managers to develop high performing teams capable of embracing the opportunities that change presents in their organisations”.