L-R: Mr. Gene Browne The City Bin Co; Dr Christine Domegan, Interim Executive MBA Programme Director; Mr. Alan Mulholland - Mulholland Bookmakers; Ms Suzanne Ryan, Chair MBAAI Western Chapter; Mr. Barry Walsh, The People Development Co. and Mr. Paul Glynn – Topform
Sep 27 2013 Posted: 15:28 IST

NUI Galway’s Executive MBA recently hosted the 7th Masterclass entitled “Powerful Conversations”.  Leadership is a Conversation. Smart leaders today engage with employees in a way that resembles an ordinary person-to-person conversation. The essential attributes of interpersonal conversation are Intimacy, Interactivity, Inclusion, and Intentionality. In addition, the key to a powerful conversation is a powerful question.

These were some of the key points shared by Barry Walsh and panel guests, business owners and MBA graduates themselves Paul Glynn – Topform, Gene Browne - the City Bin Co. , Alan Mulholland - Mulholland Bookmakers and Barry Walsh - the People Development Co.  hosted by Dr. Christine Domegan. The four are members of a peer group of eight business leaders that meet every second month to share ideas and experience and help resolve critical challenges each is facing in their business and their leadership. Together for almost eight years the panelists spoke about the benefits of being in such a Powerful Conversation group, how it gives them an opportunity to step back from their businesses, reflect and get advice from others in the group who may have experienced similar situations. Being a member of the group and seeing what it does to support business leaders Barry Walsh (a professional business coach) was inspired to establish other groups known as ‘the Power of Seven’. With several groups in existence and new groups available to join, Mr Walsh said “what business executives get from a peer group like this is more than they could ever get from a training or coaching programme, it really does help them to think and act differently”.



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Ruth Kiely


Executive MBA Student 2012-14

“I started my own physiotherapy business in 2004, and as the business developed I realized I needed to develop skills that were not part of my professional training in particular in the areas of management, marketing and IT.  I chose the Executive MBA because it offered the full range of disciplines that I needed.  With the knowledge gained I have been able to install a software system which allows us to manage all aspects of our business more effectively and efficiently thus giving us a competitive advantage.

Highlights from the EMBA programme include the International Study Trip to Fordham University, USA as well as participating and completing the Inter Disciplinary Company Project in the second year.  Both are very unique experiences that are offered by this EMBA which has allowed for consolidation of knowledge and skills as well as highlighting possible opportunities for the future”. 

Tony McCarthy, Medtronic

Executive MBA Student 2010-12

 “I selected the NUIG Executive MBA program because it offered me the opportunity to continue with my career and embark on my MBA education at the same time. This provided me the opportunity to apply the learning in my organization almost simultaneously. The program also offers access to a network of MBA students, alumni, faculty, and business leaders both local and international. Overall it has been a very positive experience”