Transforming How You Think

Growing ‘The Leadership Mind’ for Organisational Development

The Leadership Experience will transform how Leaders in business drive and support organisational transformation.

The Programme will attract those with an appetite for disruptive and challenging growth with the security of a learning and confidential environment.

Leaders will benefit from incredible results in their development with a new mental strength and emotional resilience, equiping you to get the best from yourself, your people, and your customers.

You will develop your ability to operate with new tools of thinking moving you away from over-relying on control and perfection to having a fuller and more integrated approach to building relationships and making judgements.

Who will benefit?

The Leadership Experience is designed for Senior Leaders in today’s Organisations.

Organisations will nominate Leaders to the Keynes Centre public programme where they will work with like-minded Leaders from other industries.

  • Participants are likely to be already making decisions, influencing staff and customers, and have an appetite for change and growth.
  • Senior Managers, Directors and CEO’s who understand the necessity for Transformative Thinking in themselves and in their people will experience a ground breaking Leadership concept and a complete immersion in a Developmental Transformative Method, which once mastered will readily transfer into improved leadership.


Once you have experienced a transformation in your thinking as a lived experience on the programme,  your Leadership Mind will be changed and different.

You will be able to simplify the complexity of the world more effectively and be more self-aware.  Specifically you will be:

  • Practicing “Leadership as Insight”.
  • Immersed in “Working Out” your Insights.
  • Anchored in a Self Authored Mind.
  • Practicing Transformational Method in own Leadership style.
  • Able to select appropriate theories and think with them, making informed choices.
  • Aware of Impact on Others.
  • Taking responsibility for and regulating own mind and behaviour.

About our Approach to Leadership

This has been the most transformative development experience of my life.

Michael O’Dea Principal Consultant and Director at BCM Risk Solutions Ltd

“The Keynes Centre offers a different approach to learning that is of huge value: the gentle challenging of our assumptions as well as the developing of critical thinking. It leads to lifelong habit changes. I’m taking a lot of time to reflect and view things from different angles.”

Susan Steele Chair, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

“Connell taught me that the thought process used to tackle a situation is key. Everything I do in work now is thoroughly thought out. I sit back for a second and think about it – my decisions are framed differently in my head now. This unique method of thinking changed how I make decisions.”

Donal Downey Senior Director, Global External Manufacturing, Dell Technologies

“Connell showed me the importance of actually using a theory to understand something. His choice of theorists was also interesting as they brought different viewpoints. It impressed me that academic theories could be so useful.”

Colman Kirby Director, Global Support Center, Dell Technologies

“Prof. Fanning’s innovative system of adult mental development brings about a new awareness, clarity and a framework that enhances effectiveness in any professional environment. I would urge any executive wanting to operate at a higher level to participate in a Keynes Centre Programme.”

Dr. Niall O’Keeffe Chief Executive for Economic Development, St Helena Island, South Atlantic.

“Through Transformative Thinking, Connell led me to re-examine material, not just interpret information at face-value, and question more. I learnt how to ask questions and challenge ideas and also became more aware of my thoughts.”

Kevin Twomey Chief Solutions Architect, Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Dell Technologies

“I found Professor Connell Fanning’s insights into leadership thought provoking and empowering – they made me question how I was functioning in my everyday professional life, and allowed me to see how I could improve my performance.”

Liz Dunphy Journalist at the Evening Echo


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Professor Connell Fanning


Professor Connell Fanning is a business economist with a special interest in the development and application of ideas and the role and use of theories in business reasoning. He was Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Economics for 30 years at University College Cork (UCC). Connell has wide teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in professional, executive and continuing education programmes.

He also has strong links with the business and external community. He has undertaken consultancy projects for businesses and public agencies, including the European Commission, has contributed to local and national Print, T.V. and Radio media on economic affairs, and has made presentations to a large range of public forums, conferences and seminars. He has published extensively on various themes, including John Maynard Keynes’ macroeconomic and business theory, local entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial renewal, worker management and labour-directed firms, Porter’s clusters theory, nurturing indigenous entrepreneurship and Penrose’s theory of organic growth of the firm.

Connell holds Primary and Masters degrees in Economics from University College Cork, and Masters and Ph.D. degree in Economics from Cornell University.


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Bríd Bourke

Organisational Development

An Organisational Development professional, Bríd has over twenty five years’ experience working with blue chip clients to diagnose HRD issues, to develop organisational leaders, and to provide design and implementation services. Bríd is a Master Trainer for The Forté Institute’s suite of tools.

Most recently she was contracted as OD Director for over three years to work closely with the client’s emerging executive team during a time of unprecedented transformation. During this time, and in parallel, Bríd was contracted by the Board of a sister company to design and implement a transformative leadership development programme.

Bríd was the first executive coach in Ireland to be invited for assessment to join the global premier coaching organisation for corporate executive coaching: CoachSource. She has been selected onto the Global Executive Coach Panels for Dell, Intel and Google.

She holds primary degrees in both Agricultural Science from UCD and Psychology from OU, a Post Graduate Diploma from UL in Adult L&D, and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Sheffield, along with Executive Education Certificates from MIT, Wharton and University of Manchester.


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Dr. Assumpta O’Kane

Occupational Psychologist

Assumpta is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (COccPsychol.).

She coaches, facilitates and advises on leadership and organisational development. She works with individuals and teams to guide the acceleration of their capabilities to meet the opportunities and challenges of modern organisational life. She set up her own practice in 2009 to work with both large corporations and SME’s on their leadership and organisational development.

Her earlier career was as Head of HR & Organisational Development in Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals from 1998-2009; Price Waterhouse Coopers, London and Dublin as a HR Consultant from 1993-1998, and with BDO Binder Hamlyn, London in Graduate Recruitment and HR management 1989-1993. She holds a primary degree from NUI Galway in Pure and Applied Psychology; a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast and a DBA Business Economics from University College Cork.


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The Leadership Experience will initially be offered as a one-day open programme with dates running throughout June, September, October, November and December (Details TBA).

After the one-day programme, a fuller programme with 1:1 Coaching sessions will be offered over the course of the year.

We can also adapt the TKC Leadership Experience programme to a specific company offering on request.

Talk to Us

Want to know if this programme is right for you or your organisation?

We’d love to hear from you.

Phone: 021 4658604 | 05 | 06

You may be eligible for CPD or other recognition for professional standards upkeeping. Contact UCC’s CPD Office for more information.