IMI National Management Conference – 2015 -draft 2014 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM   October 9th 2014 IMI Conference Centre Register Now


Adapt | Align | Achieve

This year’s conference challenged assumptions about business, organisations and leadership.

Richard Bruton’s opening words highlighted the importance of idea generation – “After an earthquake, you wouldn’t rebuild using the old approach. The economy similarly needs a new approach.

Tim Harford, economist, journalist and author focused on asking us to make “better mistakes”.   Nilofer Merchant was all about getting social.  The conductor David Brophy got the room singing and truly showed the power of leading without words.

The lesson from Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s entertaining interview was that businesses always need to be in a state of preparation and must recruit well to succeed.  Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at TCD warned us that one night of sleep deprivation leads to a drop of 15 IQ points.  Claire Burge talked about email as a problem that needs to be challenged.  To finish the day, Dr. Tony Bates, CEO of Headstrong shared some simple exercises to improve our mental health and wellbeing as leaders and develop a shared sense of purpose.

The overwhelming theme that emerged through all this?  The world may be complex, but the solutions are simple.

View conference photos here.

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
    Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  • 9.00 - 10.00
    Trial and Error: Adapting to a Complex World
    Tim Harford
  • 10.00 - 10.15
    The Connected Organisations: Meeting the Challenges in Today's Economy
    Bill Archer, eircom Business Solutions
  • 10.15 - 10.45
  • 10.45 - 11.45
    The End of the Organisation as we know it
    Nilofer Merchant
  • 11.45 - 12.00
    Leading without Words
    David Brophy
  • 12.00 - 13.00
  • 13.00 - 14.00
    An Interview with...
    Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill & Assistant Manager Roy Keane
  • 14.00 - 15.00
    Brain Power: Neuroscience Lessons for Leaders
    Shane O'Mara
  • 15.00 - 15.15
    My Email Experiment
    Claire Burge
  • 15.15 - 16.15
    Mindful Leadership
    Dr. Tony Bates
  • 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.

    Read Nilofer’s Blog

    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

  • Bill Archer

    Bill Archer is Managing Director of eircom Business Solutions. Before joining eircom, Bill held the roles of President Advanced Solutions, Executive Vice President Strategy and Transformation and Chief Marketing Officer at AT&T Business.  Bill will share his thoughts on how connected organisations are better placed to master today’s business challenges.


  • 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


  • David Brophy

    Former Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David Brophy is now widely regarded as the leading Irish conductor of his generation. His career, while primarily based in Ireland, has seen him perform in many parts of Europe, Africa, America and Canada. David has conducted in the US with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic, in Spain with Orquesta Nacional Clásica de Andorra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and at home with all major Irish orchestras.

    David will talk about leading and communicating without words.

    Listen to David’s music

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