Timoney Takes – Part 1
Back in February of this year I embarked on an adventure which I knew would take me well outside my comfort zone. The Timoney Leadership Institute was a body I had not come across at any stage when a business colleague Peter Keogh introduced the concept to myself and my partner in Metis Ireland, Carl Widger.
Our first foray was to attend a live “case study” presented in the lovely No. 1 Pery Square in Limerick to hear the exploits of a Spanish, family owned, children’s clothing business. Nothing too exciting there I hear you say …WRONG… the depth into which the presenter delved was astounding and you left the session feeling you knew everything about the business AND the intimate details of each family member. The decision making and the factors influencing these decisions were truly remarkable BUT what got to me was that it was REAL LIFE. We have a misconception in business sometimes that personal life and business life are two separate things….but you know what? For the passionate and driven person LIFE is LIFE and it all intertwines….it truly does.
I was sold on this concept right away and having discussed it with Carl decided that I would pursue the journey. This entailed giving up two days per month for 7 months of the year AND a cheque written by Metis Ireland to fund my education. This might not seem like a lot but it is always a consideration for a small business where both TIME and MONEY are concerned. Did it work out for me….DID IT WHAT. I intend to take you through this journey, for those who want to travel with me and fill you in on the experiences, the emotions, the knowledge, the friendship and pure adrenalin that I came across in a few short months.
To set the scene and finish my first “take” on this I will tell you this; I turned up at the stunning K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare a bit nervous, a big bit excited NOT really knowing where all this was going. In the car park I saw one Mr Brian Cody…yes the Kilkenny fella!!…and thought Wow, he must be giving a session here today….hope it’s a Timoney link.
I wandered into the reception area and was greeted by Elizabeth and Monika who welcomed me to Timoney Leadership Institute and what became known to me as ALP 2017 (Advanced Leadership Programme). I then met Ronan who I knew from earlier sessions and he brought me down to the area where all had gathered for coffee prior to commencement. I immediately relaxed when I saw some familiar faces from home; Helen Downes CEO of Shannon Chamber, Malcolm Clein Owner of Lock Doctor, Ger Sheehan of PAQ IT and John Carey Owner of UFIRST COACHING…..all people I knew. We all mingled and said hello and spouted off little bits about who we are and what we do, why we are here (even though I wasn’t sure at this point) and then it began!
For the record and given I DID mention the gentleman specifically who was sitting in the room AS A PARTICIPANT …..none other than the aforementioned Mr Brian Cody…..this was a moment when I KNEW I was in the right place.
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