Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Leadership 4 Growth: Construction Industry

I had a coffee today with Liam O'Donohue, of Enterprise Ireland, and responsible for the Leadership 4 Growth programme for the construction industry.

Liam was previously involved in the earlier variant of this programme for the software and bio-medical sectors, and I was one of the business mentors on this programme.

The construction industry programme is reaching the end of its year with a cohort 29 Irish CEOs from civil engineering, architecture and consultancy firms, and has been run in conjunction with Duke University in North Carolina.

Liam briefed me on the operation of the programme of the last twelve months, and some of the feedback from the participants, all of whom aspire to develop their international markets. The tension between short term sheer survival in the industry, and more medium term trends towards energy management in the industry, creates both interesting opportunities and challenges.

I understand that Enterprise Ireland intend to run a second tranche of the programme, starting next spring, with a further set of about 30 Irish CEOs.

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