Who we are
Kaizen Performance was borne out of a frustration with the traditional approaches towards performance improvement in the workplace. Research has revealed that few organisations follow the evidence-based, coordinated approach that has been shown to yield greater returns on investment.
Training programmes can be informative but tend to focus on ring binders of information that simply do not resonate outside of the training room. Personal development initiatives can direct but often fail to coach colleagues towards self-awareness and in turn their full potential. Motivational efforts can be limited to guest speakers and uncoordinated well-being workshops that have little enduring effect. When considered collectively, such disparate efforts across a business can result in vast sums of money and time being wasted.
Kaizen’s approach to organisational high performance is grounded in evidence-based practise with direct research from some of the world’s most elite performance environments. Our integrated programmes focus on world class Talent Development content, delivered experientially so that the knowledge base sticks. New behaviours are embedded through Executive Coaching delivered through practitioners qualified to the highest academic levels, with significant industry experience. Each programme has the option to integrate Wellbeing interventions in a rational and effectual manner. These programmes have yielded measurable results.
Genuine, measurable and coherent performance improvement does not have to be inaccessible. The potential in every workforce is there to be realised.
Bede had a very successful career as an educator before joining the Gazing team in 1999. He now manages many of the international projects and works directly with senior leadership to ensure that the systems implemented are truly embedded for lasting impact. He is also currently working with several international sports competitors to ensure they have the highest level of mental preparation.
Andy draws on over 20 year’s experience of sales, management and board level responsibility in the business to business (b2b) environment. A graduate of the internationally renowned IBM sales school, and with business development experience at IBM and Compaq, he brings a wealth of practical experience of the corporate sector.
Ian had a very successful 12-year career in global account management with Compaq, operating in leadership positions across Europe and North America. Since 1999, Ian has been responsible for implementing the Gazing outbound training structures for global companies in over 30 countries.
David’s industry experience was grounded in PWC’s Performance Improvement Consultancy, after which he worked for three major oil companies in a variety of sales management and marketing roles. Since 2006, David has been a delivery expert for Gazing Performance Systems in dozens of counties world wide.
Michael blends financial services experience with coaching techniques to assist organisations at graduate, executive and middle management level. Michael challenges professionals to identify their own solutions for improved performance and progression within an organisation. Central to this approach is identifying individuals’ strengths/skills and then using these as the foundation on which to build. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree, an MBS in Economics and a Masters in Applied Psychology/Coaching. Michael is also accredited in strengths based psychometric profiling and lectures in Coaching at UCC.
Roger is a vastly experienced and fully accredited coach (AC)/mentor (EMCC). He brings decades of knowledge to his coaching approach coupled with extensive group facilitation skills. He spent eight years developing the mentoring syllabus with the National Induction Programme for Teachers, now known as ‘Droichead’ and was also on the steering committee of the Teaching Council of Ireland for three years. Roger played on and coached the Irish National Basketball Team. He has also coached in England, France, Holland and in the United States. He has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management from NUI Maynooth and several Advanced Sports Coaching awards. His warm and empathetic approach has proven extremely popular in each of the Kaizen organisational performance improvement programmes he contributes to.
Donal Lenihan is a former rugby international who has gone on to reach the highest levels of management within both finance and sport. Donal has a unique insight into the importance of culture within groups through his experiences as manager of The British and Irish Lions Rugby Team. Donal’s group workshop delivery helps teams to identify what their culture actually is and encourages them to start working collaboratively by taking ownership of their own culture moving forward.
Dr Brendan Egan
Dr Brendan Egan
Dr. Brendan Egan is the driving force behind the wellbeing initiatives within the Kaizen Programmes and delivers the nutrition/lifestyle modules directly himself. He is a Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism at DCU and works as a performance nutritionist with the Dublin senior hurling team. Brendan received his BSc Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick in 2003, MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University in 2004, and PhD from Dublin City University in 2008. On the sporting front, Brendan continues to compete in sport at an elite level as a current inter-county Gaelic footballer having played for Sligo since 2003, winning a Connacht Championship in 2007, and an All-Ireland Club Championship with St. Vincents, Dublin in 2014.
Hugh O’Donovan is one of Ireland’s foremost mindfulness practitioners. A former Commandant in the Irish Defence Forces, Hugh’s academic qualifications in psychology provide the grounding for much of his subsequent accomplishments. Hugh’s masters is in Occupational Psychology and this prepared him for much of the subsequent mindfulness and stress reduction work that he has completed with work forces in Ireland and the UK. Hugh’s book, “Mindful Walking: Walk your way to physical and emotional wellbeing”, has become a popular choice amongst many mindfulness practitioners and is recommended extensively in the organisational development industry. Hugh’s co-founding of the Masters programme in Coaching Psychology in UCC and this course’s enduring success is testament to his ability and reputation in the field of psychology. Hugh is also the honorary Vice President of the Society for Coaching Psychology.
Rob Williams is a strength and conditioning coach with over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. He specialises in helping individuals to develop decent human movement function. Ron firstly works with people to undo the daily routines of sitting, standing, slouching, driving and typing that are destroying the bodies of the average office worker. Rob’s experience is that increased activity levels on top of dysfunctional movement patterns can be the precursor to physical and financial pain in the form of costly back, neck and lower limb injuries! While Rob has coached at Olympic and world championship level, he specializes in common sense, easy to do training plans for all office workers that will integrate into their daily routine. Ideal for the individual who wants to improve their overall fitness, health and physical mobility levels. Undeniable for the company with bodies that are breaking down.
To perform at their best, business people need to place sleep high on their daily ‘To Do’ list. In his interactive SLEEP MASTERCLASS workshop, Canice Kennedy will bring about a greater understanding of the importance of good sleep with colleagues along with some simple suggestions as to how they can achieve better sleep. Every colleague will have occasional periods of intense activity and periods in which sleep is compromised, but navigating those occasions along with best practice on normal sleeping routine will make a significant difference to the energy and wellbeing levels during the working day. Canice holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. He currently lectures in Psychology at UCC.