PROGRAMMES - AUTUMN/WINTER 2016
Five Pitstop programmes with Foroige, Dublin Institute of
Technology, Department of Social Protection, Exchange House, and
Cork College of Commerce. took place between Oct & Nov 2016.
Pitstops are bespoke leadership development interventions for
teams from within an organisation and can be tailored to suit any
NAVIGATOR - LIMERICK 2016
The final of the four Navigator programmes compiling the 100
Leaders project in Limerick began on 16th November and finished on
the 25th November. Another successful programme to close an
exciting and unique initiative for the region.
MERIDIAN - DUBLIN 2016/2017
This year's Meridian programme in Dublin got off to a great
start at Belvedere House on the 27th October. A total of 59 dynamic
leaders from across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors
have come together to form this year's group.
YOUR TURN - CORK 2016
We received funding from the Cork ETB and The Cork County
Council to run our Your Turn Programme in Cork in October. A
total of 9 schools came on board and we ran an exciting 3 day
programme for 27 transition Years students to explore their
leadership capabilities and how they can make a difference to their
schools and communities.
LIMERICK GRADUATE EVENT 2016
On September 29th our Limerick Graduate Connect Event
took place in The Absolute Hotel in Limerick. The Market Place for
Ideas session really encapsulated 'Limerick pride' with exciting
discussions about how graduates could help to stimulate the city.
Following this we had our Keynote speaker and would like to thank
Rose Hynes for contributing to the event. Rose is the Chairman of
Origin Enterprises plc, the Chairman of Shannon Group plc and is
also a non-executive director of a number of other companies in
various sectors. Graduates were very impressed with this session as
Rose has an impressive career history leading through many
significant periods of change in Limerick which she shared with the
group. Thank you to all who attended this event and to The Absolute
Hotel for hosting us.
CORK GRADUATE EVENT 2016
We were delighted to welcome Gerard O 'Mahoney, Managing Partner
at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as our keynote speaker for our Cork
Graduate Connect Event which took place on September 15th at The
Imperial Hotel in Cork. Gerard is a very well connected leader in
Cork and is also a director of the People In Need Trust, the
Chairman of the Scala Advisory Board, the Chairman of the Cork
Development Forum and the Chairman of Cork Tourism. Interesting
discussion and ideas emerged from our 'Market Place for Ideas'
session followed by a very thought provoking talk and Q&A
session with Gerard O' Mahoney. Participants really enjoyed the
event and thoroughly embraced the opportunity to reconnect with
fellow graduates and Common Purpose. Special thanks to our keynote
speaker, our graduates and The Imperial Hotel for hosting the
DUBLIN GRADUATE EVENT 2016
Our Dublin Graduate Connect event took place on the
8th September and focused on the theme 'Changing
Leaders: Leading Change." We were delighted to welcome graduates
from as far back as the 2000 Matrix group. Those in attendance
engaged in discussion and brought forward ideas during our 'Open
Space' session which was followed by a dynamic leadership
insight session with keynote speaker Niamh Bushnell which is
Dublin's Commissioner for Start-ups. We want to extend an
enthusiastic thank you to all involved and to The Marker Hotel in
Grand Canal Square for hosting us on the night.
A two day programme for leaders who want a briefing
on Dublin. This programme was a unique opportunity
for leaders who relocated to Dublin, and those who are
established leaders who wanted an update on key institutions and
local issues outside of the current area of work.
NAVIGATOR 2016 (Dublin / Limerick
In May and June, the 2016 Navigator Programmes brought
together emerging leaders from across the sectors who have
been identified as key people now and into the future. The 5 day
course, spread over two weeks in Dublin, Limerick, and Cork,
offered an accelerated leadership development opportunity that
encouragesd participants to consider how they can bring their
abilities to a wider context in their organisations to influence
change. Our team was excited to see the leadership growth
amongst participants over the course of the programmes.
YOUR TURN 2016
In April, young leaders (aged 15-17) had the opportunity to take
part in our Your Turn programme in Dublin. Nearly thirty young
leaders from ten schools participated in the three day programme.
Your Turn challenges young leaders to think critically about their
community, city and world and aims to unlock their leadership
potential by offering the information and inspiration they need to
make a difference.
During February and March, 65+ third level student leaders took
part in our Frontrunner programmes in Dublin and Cork. This is the
first time we ran this programme in Dublin, and our 6th year in
Cork. Students from 17 colleges and universities will graduate from
our Frontrunner programmes this year. We are extremely grateful to
those that have hosted and supported the programmes, particularly
Bank of Ireland, The National Maternity Hospital, Quality and
Qualifications Ireland and Clúid Housing Association.
The Cork Focus programme began with a residential 2 days on
26th January. This year, the programme brings together 32
senior leaders from public, private and not-for-profit sectors in
Cork and the surrounding area.
LAUNCHING 100 LEADERS
Common Purpose (Ireland) officially launched its 100 Leaders
project in the Mid-West region with an event in Mary Immaculate
College on the 20th of January. Tying in with the launch was
the annual Graduate Connect Event and over 45 graduates,
contributors and supporters of programmes old and new were in
The '100 Leaders' project has run 2 programmes in Limerick in
2015 and the next programme starts in May 2016. The aim of the
project is to engage and develop the leadership abilities of over
100 emerging leaders from the various sectors whilst building a
new, diverse and vibrant network in the area.
MERIDIAN 2015 /2016
This year's Meridian Programme in Dublin kicked off on the 5th
November at Core Day One at Croke Park, welcoming 62
participants from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors
in the Dublin region.
100 LEADERS PROGRAMME (Limerick)
Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd is running a new and exciting
initiative in the Mid-West region of the country. The aim of which
is to engage and develop the leadership abilities of over 100
emerging leaders from the various sectors whilst building a new and
vibrant network in the area.
To do this Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd has secured support
from 10 key organisations in the area to partner with us in order
to run four Navigator programmes over 2 years. The organisations
are both public - e.g. local authority and universities - and
private - e.g. the banking and IT industries - and provide
financial support and 2 participants for each programme.
To ensure the diversity of each programme group Common
Purpose (Ireland) Ltd then recruits up to 10 more participants per
programme from the non-profit sector and also from small to medium
enterprises. This allows for an extremely diverse participant
The first programme was successfully run in May 2015 with our
second starting November 2015 and two more will follow in 2016.
Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd is delighted to have gained the
support of the region and to be building a network of emerging
leaders in the Mid-West of Ireland.
Please see below for some feedback from the May 2015
"This was an excellent networking opportunity to learn more
about Limerick and a good opportunity to engage with key
stakeholders locally. I felt it was very safe environment to learn
and grow; I enjoyed it immensely and learnt a lot."
Manager, Financial Services, Allied Irish
"The most valuable part of the course has been on a
personal level; I have reflected on my position over the last
number of years and how it has changed/evolved and how I can change
going forward. I will reflect quite a bit on the views and ideas
discussed...It was a great way to see Limerick as a collaborate
community and certainly increases your awareness of other roles and
the challenges in other organisations"
New Frontiers Programme Coordinator, Limerick Institute
"I gained confidence, networking skills and I was
inspired by certain speakers. I gained great knowledge of how
different businesses work and how leaders can vary. The programme
was great for broadening horizons for one self and in terms of
meeting people. It is a great networking opportunity but also a
great chance to learn about yourself."
Recruitment Consultant, Cregg Group
RE-LAUNCHED PROFILE 2015 (Dublin)
This year the Dublin office relaunched the Profile programme--
our fast-paced two-day programme which provides an in-depth
briefing on Dublin from a diversity of perspectives across the
public, private and non-profit sectors. A group of 9 senior
leaders came together to take a fresh look at Dublin in its current
context and to explore the important issues, players and
institutions that are crucial to the area's success.
NAVIGATOR 2015 (Dublin / Limerick / Cork)
In May, the Dublin Navigator Programme brought together 35
emerging leaders from around the country. The five day programme
took them outside their typical environments, giving them an
opportunity to learn from leaders representing a broad
diversity of perspectives.
Also in May, 25 emerging leaders took part in the first of four
Navigator programmes Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd will run in the
Limerick region between 2015-2016. The aim of the project is to
engage the next generation of leaders, creating a network of over
100 leaders in the Limerick and Mid-West region.
This year's Navigator programme in Cork, in June, was the
second to be run in the region. We engaged 16 participants
from a broad spectrum of organisations and the 5 days proved to be
popular. The group met with a varied group of contributors over the
5 days and got to experience/meet with organisations which would
not normally show up on their radar in the course of their
The Cork Focus programme began with a residential 2 days in
January 2015. This year, the programme brings together 36 senior
leaders from public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Cork and
the surrounding area.
The Focus programme finished successfully with its final final
day on May 28th. Participants looked at leading real change in
their organisations while reflecting on the learning they have
undergone over the past five months.
MERIDIAN 2014 /2015
We are pleased to report that this year's Meridian Programme in
Dublin kicked off with Core Day One at Croke Park with our largest
group to date, 67 participants.
Our third Frontrunner programme engaged 25 third level students
from 9 different institutions throughout Munster - CIT, University
of Limerick, IT Tralee, Mary Immaculate College, Crawford College
of Art & Design, Cork College of Commerce, Colaiste Stiofan
Naofa, Mallow College of Further Education and St. John's Central
College. The participants involved had already shown evidence of
leadership skills in civil society through their activities and the
aim of the programme was to inspire them to continue producing real
change in their future careers.
The Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd team also ran two 3-day
Your Turn programmes in Midelton and Carrigaline in Cork
in partnership with SECAD, we hope to run a third programme in
Ballincollig in February 2015.
What did people have to say about
"I hadn't much confidence in myself as a leader. I
felt like I was chosen by chance but I grabbed the
opportunity. Common Purpose give you so much confidence and
motivation to become" - Cork Institute of Technology
"It is an extremely insightful programme that helps you
engage with people you generally would not. Some of the
speakers can inspire and motivate to go and get what you
want. If you fully participate it is a great way to
network" -Cork College Of Commerce
"That it is very worthwhile and that it is extremely
inspiring to listen to the guest speakers about their lives and
their success. I would recommend it as you also make new
friends and new connections that could be useful in the
future" - Waterford Institute of Technology
We have held two Pitstops, in the past quarter,one with
Cork College of Commerce and one with DIT. We engaged with over 60
students on the two Programmes and will be working with CIT,
IT Tralee, NUI Maynooth and UCC in 2015.
We were also recently invited by three Local Childcare
Committees to host a one day Pitstop for Childcare and Early Years
professionals from community and private providers across the
region. Normally quite isolated in their roles, the day was a
chance for them to learn, be inspired, and network with each
The day focused on Leading Beyond Authority. Contributors
included two dynamic leaders, one who led a successful bid for a
referendum on children in the constitution and the other who is a
leading voice in conversations regarding Ireland's referendum for
Equality in Marriage.
The day was a resounding success with 45 participants,boasting a
collective total of 569 years of experience in their sector,
leaving more positive, connected, and energised to lead.
What did people have to say about PITSTOP?
"I enjoyed this course. It provided me with great
insight into what a leader should have. It also has provided
me with a new sense of confidence. If I was to have a
complaint, I wish more people could be aware of how great this
- Cork College of Commerce Student
"Overall it was been an excellent experience and it is
something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I
would do it all over again."- Cork College of Commerce
"This was a good training of giving a comprehensive overview
on how to become a leader, how to improve your own values.
Therefore it was a great environment to exchange ideas, communicate
and meet with different students who are the leaders of DIT."
- Dublin Institute of Technology Student
"There was no time wasted and every activity was beneficial
and presented me with new outlooks. Special mention to our
guest speaker, Lynda, who was articulate, confident, and overall
pleasant to listen to. I particularly loved how responsive
she is and how every answer she gave was fast but well thought out
and personal" - Dublin Institute of Technology
Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd are delighted that the 3rd annual
programme will take place in Cork in November 2014. This will bring
together students from 10 third level institutions across the
Munster region to explore the different themes of leadership. There
are plans to host a Frontrunner in Dublin in the spring of
DUBLIN GRADUATE CONNECT EVENT
This year's Dublin Graduate Connect Event was held on
4th September. The evening was hosted by the National
Maternity Hospital at Holles Street and was kindly sponsored by IPB
Insurance. A lively open space session brought together the 80+
graduate attendees with a variety of issues and ideas raised.
Following this we heard a dynamic keynote from both Dr Rhona
Mahony, Master of Holles Street and Paul O'Toole, CEO of Solas.
What did people have to say about the Dublin
Graduate Connect Event?
"Excellent speakers from very diverse industries.You still
continue to surprise, brilliant!"
"Another thought provoking and insightful guest speaker
session - both very impressive and interesting
"Excellent keynote speakers that reminded me
that personal vision and strategy is hugely
important to maintain. Great to be reminded, now to take it
"Two great speakers. A great reminder of the value of Common
CORK GRADUATE CONNECT EVENT
Our 2014 Graduate Connect Event in Cork took place on the
11th September. We were delighted to hear a reflection
on leadership from Padraig Dalton, Director General at the Central
Statistics Office. It was generously hosted by Cork City Hall and
reunited over 30 graduates from the region.
What did people have to say about the Cork Graduate
"Reconnection is always a positive experience for me.
It's good as an opportunity to devise plans, strategies, or
new approaches. An excellent day and a really authentic
experience. Thank you."
"I enjoyed the event and found the ideas people came
up with very interesting and important."
"I feel the afternoon was very useful, broadening the
experience of Common Purpose to another level."
""Keynote speaker was excellent. Very enjoyable and
Recruitment is currently underway for our senior leaders
programme in Dublin and Cork.
For information on the Meridian programme please contact the
Dublin office on 01-8729322, for Focus information contact Cork on
021-4924694, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on either programme.
INAUGURAL NAVIGATOR PROGRAMME CORK
Congratulations to the participants Navigator in Cork on their
completion of the programme, to go on to become Common Purpose
graduates. We thank them for their participation, and engagement
over the 5 days and wish them well.
A special word of thanks goes to our many contributors who
supported us and helped to make the programme the success that it
was. Whether it was contributing as a site visit host, as a speaker
who came in to meet the group or as a venue host on one of the day,
we thank you for your continued support.
FOCUS PROGRAMME 2014 CONCLUDES
The Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd team in Cork are delighted
to congratulate our thirty Focus participants who came to the
end of the programme on 29th May.
Well done to all of the participants, and thank you to the
contributors who made the programme a great success yet again.
Thank you to the site visit hosts, speakers and hosts.
The above photograph shows our Focus group engaged in a cafe
conversations style session with contributors who gave their time
to come to speak to the group about their work
CORK NAVIGATOR - JUNE 2014
Building on the success of our Dublin programme and in response
to an increasing demand for a programme of this type in the Munster
region, we are delighted to announce that we will be piloting
Navigator in Cork this coming June. More details to follow shortly.
Should you wish to finds out more about the programme please
contact Rob O'Halloran, our Programme Manager in Cork.
Dublin Meridian 2013/14
The final Meridian programme day of this year's programme took
place in mid-April at the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge.
The keynote speaker on the day was Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of
the Irish National Rugby Union team. The theme for the day was
"Preparing to Lead Change" and Joe shared his personal story with
the group, allowing them to get a greater understanding of how he
lead throughout his career and achieved through good and bad!
Congratulations to the graduates from this year's programme. It
was a delight to meet you all and we welcome you to the Common
Cork Focus 2014
The Focus participants completed Programme Day 5 of Focus in
Cork County Hall recently. The theme of the day "Tackling a
Challenge" had the group work on a challenge set by the Mayor of
the County of Cork, Cllr. Noel O'Connor. The challenge itself
centred around disability awareness within the county, and how the
council might improve their facilities and systems to make it more
user friendly for those with various disabilities. The photograph
shows Jackie Butler, CEO of Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd, and Mayor
O'Connor, along with County Council official Sean O'Callaghan.
YourTurn programme - Limerick 2014
Limerick County Council and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
were hosts for the 2014 Limerick YourTurn for teenagers aged 15 to
17. Twenty-four students from 8 schools across Limerick took part
on this years programme they explored themes of power, influence,
making change happen and debated on a real issue facing society in
Limerick. Thank you to our sponsors, Vistakon for helping to make
the programme happen.