IMI National Management Conference 2014 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM   October 9th 2014 IMI Conference Centre Register Now


Adapt | Align | Achieve

In an increasingly complicated world, our craving for certainty may come to the fore more so than ever before. Yet certainty has never been more elusive. As we gradually emerge from recession, we are facing a wholly different operating environment to which we must adapt.

The world has become complex and unpredictable to the extent that success is dependent less on traditional strategic planning and more on the capacity to improvise and experiment. Organisations and leaders find themselves navigating new territory as they strive to align their structures, processes and people to this new reality.

Drawing from a broad range of disciplines, the IMI National Management Conference on Thursday 9 October 2014 will be illuminating and provocative. It will challenge our assumptions about business, organisations and leadership and about how we will achieve success in the future.

Speakers include national and international thought leaders including economist Tim Harford, innovator Nilofer Merchant, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara, and Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and Assistant Manager Roy Keane.

Register Now and don’t miss the opportunity to hear from our stellar line-up of speakers and meet your peers at the key senior executive event in the 2014 business calendar.

Proudly sponsored by eircom Business Solutions.



  • 7.30 - 8.15

    Breakfast and Registration

  • 8.15 - 8.30

    Opening Address

    Dr. Simon Boucher, IMI CEO

  • 8.30 - 9.00

    Ministerial Address


  • 9.00 - 10.00

    Trial and Error: Adapting to a Complex World

    Tim Harford

  • 10.00 - 10.45

    The End of the Organisation as we know it

    Nilofer Merchant

  • 10.45 - 11.00

    Inspire Insight: My Email Experiment

    Claire Burge

  • 11.00 - 11.30


  • 11.30 - 12.15

    Leadership in the Social Era

    Nilofer Merchant

  • 12.15 - 12.30

    The Connected Organisation – Meeting the Challenges in Today’s Economy

    Bill Archer, eircom Business Solutions

  • 12.30 - 12.45

    Inspire Insight

    A fresh insight for a new perspective…

  • 12.45 - 14.15


  • 14.15 - 15.15

    Brain Power: Neuroscience Lessons for Leaders

    Shane O’Mara

  • 15.15 - 15.30

    Inspire Insight: Mindful Leadership

    Dr. Tony Bates

  • 15.30 - 16.15

    An interview with…

    Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and Assistant Manager Roy Keane 

  • 16.15

    Refreshments and Networking

Keynote Speakers

  • Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

    Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane will draw on their own experience in top-level soccer to talk about their personal leadership lessons and what they’ve learned about developing and managing top talent.

    O’Neill who led the likes of Leicester City and Glasgow Celtic to unrivalled success in his time and Keane who captained both his club Manchester United and country for over seven years will share their insights in an interactive and engaging session.

  • Tim Harford

    Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of million-selling “The Undercover Economist”, a columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4′s “Pop Up Ideas”.

    Tim will set the wider scene and help us make sense of some of the complexities we are facing in business today. Armed with an understanding of why and how these trends are having such a fundamental impact, he will offer an adaptive strategy for doing things differently in terms of running our organisations and creating value.

    Read Tim’s articles

    t: @timharford

  • Nilofer Merchant

    Described as ‘The Jane Bond of Innovation’, Nilofer Merchant has grown businesses — from Fortune 500s and silicon valley web start-ups — for 20 years.

    As an innovative thinker and practitioner, Nilofer will share her thoughts and experience on how we best align our organisations to succeed against our business challenges today and into the future.

    Watch Nilofer’s TED Talk

    t: @nilofer

  • Shane O'Mara

    Shane O’Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research (Personal Chair) in Trinity College Dublin, and is also the Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience.

    Shane will highlight some of the key lessons from neuroscience as they apply to successful leadership. Starting with the core conditions for a growth mindset, he will explain the science behind mindfulness, resilience and physical exercise and how we can use this to become better leaders.

    Read Shane’s blog

    t: @smomara1

  • Claire Burge

    Creativity author and Owner of Get Organised Ireland, Claire Burge challenges the way things get done. Part rocket fuel, part chaos, her passion is people in the workplace and how they function optimally.

    She undertook a near impossible experiment in 2012 and eradicated email entirely. The results have caught the attention of the world’s media. She will be sharing the key lessons she learnt and how an email free workplace has the capacity to change the world for the better.

    Read Claire’s blog

    t: @claireburge

  • Tony Bates

    Dr. Tony Bates is the Founding Director and CEO of Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health.  Headstrong was founded in 2006 to support and change how Ireland thinks about young people’s mental health.  Tony was an editor of a Vision For Change – an Irish Government policy focused on reforming the mental health service.  He is an Irish Times columnist and best- selling author.

    Dr Bates will talk about creative leadership and the role that mindfulness plays in that. A clinical psychologist by training he is committed to the practical application of psychology in business.

    Read Tony’s articles


Registration & Fees

  • IMI Corporate Members
    • Corporate Member CEOs
    • Additional Corporate Member Senior Executives
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  • Corporate Non Members
    • Non-Member CEOs / Senior Executivess
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IMI Conference Centre,
Sandyford Road,
Tel: 1800 22 33 88
Fax: +353 1 295 5147


Directions to IMI

The GPS Coordinates for the IMI campus are N +53° 16’ 37” W -6° 13’ 53”.

From North, West & South

Using the M50 southbound, take Exit 13 (Sandyford/ Dundrum), then take the Green Route to Sandyford Industrial Estate. Turn left onto Blackthorn Drive at Beacon Court, turn right at the next junction, left at the first set of traffic lights and the campus is immediately on your left.

From East & South East

Traveling north on the N11 take the M50 at Loughlinstown. Take Exit 13 to Sandyford Industrial Estate. Turn left onto Blackthorn Drive at Beacon Court and turn right at the next junction, left at the first set of traffic lights and the campus is immediately on your left.


The Green Line runs from St Stephen’s Green to Sandyford. From Balally Station, IMI is a ten minute walk up Sandyford Road.

By Bus

44, 44B

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