CIPD Midlands, Sheraton Athlone Hotel, 2nd March 2016


“Made not Born: Insights into how the best become High Performance Organisations” Sheraton Athlone Hotel, 2nd March 2016

The CIPD Midland’s most recent talk, “Made not Born: Insights into how the best become High Performance Organisations”, was held on March 2nd and was warmly received by the significant number in attendance. David O’Grady, Chairperson CIPD Midlands Committee, welcomed those present and thanked the CIPD Midlands main sponsor, Vhi Healthcare, before introducing the terrific keynote speaker on the night, Mr. Brian McNeice of Kotinos Partners.


David O’Grady, Chairperson CIPD Midlands Committee & Brian McNeice of Kotinos Partners

Brian MacNeice is an expert in high performance and advises international clients on driving improvements in the performance focus and culture of their businesses. Brian has led numerous assignments with clients in a diverse range of industry sectors. Brian has carried out extensive research into high performance and is a regular speaker on the topic at business conferences and seminars. He is the co-author of a book on how to create a High Performance Organisation ‘Powerhouse–Insider accounts into the World’s Top High Performance Organizations’ which is due to be published in 2016. The research carried out by Brian and his colleagues at Kotinos Partners includes insights developed from time spent with organisations such as Southwest Airlines, Tata Group, Toyota, Google, Grameen Bank, FC Barcelona, New Zealand All Blacks, Kirov Ballet, Médecins Sans Frontières, US Marines Corp, Finnish State School Education System, Mayo Clinic and many more.

This event focused on the challenge of how to build a high performance environment. In today’s competitive economic environment the pressure to perform has never been greater. Brian outlined how the role of business leaders is to create the right conditions that will deliver improved performance with fewer resources. The talk discussed practical management moves businesses can take to make dramatic impacts on the performance of their operations.

In the session Brian shared some of the key principles which are common across each of these high performance institutions, how they sustained their high performance, and how you can, in a practical way, adopt the same principles in your own environment to drive performance improvement. The session closed with a Q&A and facilitated discussion amongst the attendees to reinforce the key takeaways regarding performance, leadership, and excellence.

This was the fifth talk in an exciting programme of events for 2015/2016 provided by the CIPD Midlands Region Committee. The overriding theme throughout this year’s programme is ‘HR advancing Workplace Capabilities’.

The CIPD Midlands Region provides a forum for HR and business leaders in both public and private enterprises to network and share information, skills and best practice in the area of Human Resource Management, Employment Law, Employee and Industrial Relations. The CIPD Midlands Region works closely with AIT, FAS, Enterprise Ireland, IDA and other Midlands agencies to support regional initiatives and to promote people development and business performance.

Should you wish to be placed on the distribution list, please contact: Caroline Ward CIPD Midlands Region, by emailing . The next event, “Employee Wellbeing: How to help colleagues be creative, productive and content in the workplace ” is scheduled to take place 5th April 2016 in the Wineport Lodge Hotel, Athlone at 6pm.

We also welcome you to join our ever growing CIPD Midlands, Ireland group on LinkedIn.


Yvonne Naughton, Aisling Fagan, Alison Sheridan CIPD Midlands, Brian McNeice, Hazel Hoctor White, Lorraine Rafferty

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