“We had several experts run webinars to support our people in 2020, and Shane’s were singled out repeatedly as being the best and most helpful. People really connected with his approach, relatability and practical ways of being better in challenging times.”
Steven McKenna, CEO, Sherry FitzGerald Group
Working with Shane over the last couple of years has been hands down the single best investment in myself and my business. If you’re sceptical, I was too. I can’t recommend him highly enough to ambitious entrepreneurs and leaders striving to excel in business AND life.
Billy O'Reilly, Managing Director, Wicklow Hire & Sales and O'Reilly Hardware
Having joined a virtual webinar by Shane on ‘jumpstarting your mind-set to lead better’, I invited Shane to do two virtual sessions with our senior management team. Our leaders have done a great job minding their people during the pandemic, whilst also focusing on transforming our business to achieve our long-term strategy, and Shane’s webinars at our half-year mark really struck a chord, challenged thinking, helped raise self-awareness, and provided practical steps on how to effect real change.
Priscilla O’Regan, Head Of Communications, BT in Ireland
Shane gave us, an experienced leadership team, the tools to take our capabilities to a much higher level, by energising that part of the mind, which we have paid little attention, until now. He has truly helped unlock our potential.
Luis Murguia, Senior VP and Global Manager of SAP Business One
This training helped to bring real clarity to my way of working. It helped to sharpen my thinking. I’d estimate a 50% impact on ability to get more of what matters done and 60% improvement in my clarity of mind. Other areas that benefited were my sleep, energy and communication with my team.
Bill Walsh, Founder and CEO, Aspire Technology
I completed the MindShift program in September 2019 and saw immediate improvements in my clarity, focus and results. But the best part of it has been the sustained improvement since finishing. My confidence and sense of control in my role is now the best it’s ever been.
I have a senior position in one of Ireland’s largest hospitals and when the pandemic struck in March 2020, the level of uncertainty and disruption was incredible.
But despite having many moments of stress, what I learned on the MindShift program allowed me to reset daily and give my best from a leadership point of view (and still is). I’m not sure where I’d be if I hadn’t done the training before the pandemic struck.
I can honestly say that MindShift for me has been truly life-changing and transformational and would encourage any leader at any level to do it.
Anita Boylan, Director of Nursing at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
After a year of working directly with Shane, it has been a game changer for me – professionally and personally.
He has helped me gain clarity and focus on the results that matter for the business and the results I need to achieve for success.
He has helped me become much more self-aware and understand how to manage my state, which in turn has helped me become a better leader, be more productive and more results driven.
Shane’s approach is hands on and supportive while also being challenging!
Without his guidance and help I would not hold the position I do today.
I would recommend any busy leader to work with Shane – truly a game changer for success!
Paula Cassidy, COO, Enterpryze (Part of The Milner Browne Group)
Working with Shane has made a huge difference to my professional and personal life. Shane provided me with a key to enabling a better version of myself along with a new way of approaching my career. Since working with Shane, I have been promoted to a position I’ve always wanted, my team has won an international award and my time at work feels more rewarding and productive in new ways.
Louise Nicholls, VP of Technology & Innovation, Brown Bag Films / 9 Story Media Group
Shane has a unique ability in helping me to see clarity when all around there is chaos. I have been working with Shane for over 3 years and his insight to the mind and how it works in relation to dealing with the daily challenges presented to a business owner has helped me overcome major difficulties. The best way to describe what Shane does, if you were swimming across an ocean, Shane will lift you out of the water on to a boat, let you see the horizon again, give you an energy drink and send you back in to the ocean to continue your swim with a renewed sense of purpose.
Phelim Pekarr, CEO, P3 Hotels
I have been working with Shane over a number of months now and found his approach unique and very effective. From my experience he reads me extremely quickly and provides tools to help me approach my busy work and life in a different way. I have been on many training courses but this is one which focuses on approach and awareness of where your head is both for work and life in a very different way than I have experienced before. The “Snowglobe” effect and how to settle it is a key tool that I have in the back of my mind on a daily basis….you’ll have to ask Shane for the trick to calming it so I don’t give away his magic. I am still working with Shane and would recommend his guidance for busy professionals with high level responsibilities without hesitation.
Gillian Higgins, VP of Production at Brown Bag Films
Working with Shane in the Thrive Forum over the past 3 years has been of immense value. The support and learnings have helped transition my business through a challenging period into one of sustained growth. My business is on course to have it’s best year yet this year. A big intangible benefit I didn’t expect has been the personal support from Shane and the forum members – not everyone relates to what’s involved in running a business. To have regular and open access to 11 experienced business brains has proven to be invaluable.
Brian Jennings MRIAI MIDI Architect, Designer at JENNINGS \ DESIGN STUDIO
Working with Shane has helped me take control of my life in the broadest sense, both personal and professional. He is a great sounding board and challenges me to tackle the “noise” that takes up too much negative energy, so that I can focus on delivering the results that are needed in the business and whilst also remembering the important things in life.
Maeve McMahon, Director of Customer Experience And Products, Ulster Bank Ireland
I had attended Shane’s one day Blueprint workshop previously and found it very beneficial in creating clarity and focus on the important things in life. I was unable to attend the workshop this year but thankfully Shane had developed this online course based around the workshop, which allowed me go through the process in my own time.
BluePrint online is set up in 8 easily digestible sections comprising 10 minute videos. In these Shane outlines the Blueprint process and you then fill in the workbook to put the learnings into action. Each section can be done in 30 minutes – ideal for people with busy schedules.
The videos capture Shane’s personable and humorous style, which makes the process of reflection and goal setting very enjoyable. They also have the added advantage that you can replay them, allowing you to pick up on some ideas you may have missed the first time and amend your plan accordingly.
I would strongly recommend the online course for people who can’t attend the one day Blueprint workshop and want to gain clarity and focus for the year ahead.
Declan Connolly, Brand Manager
I thought I was too busy to do this workshop but Shane convinced me to try it and I am so glad that I did. I am shocked at what I have achieved in the past month. My business has immediately improved because of my focus and mental clarity.
This training has impacted on my entire life – business and personal. I can’t stress how valuable a course like this is. It has been very inspiring, energising and refreshing!
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to get the best of themselves and reach an ideal work-life balance, and also great work results.
Maria Morgan, Managing Director, BeautifulJobs.ie
Shane has not only transformed my business, dragging me into the 21st century, and helping me create a vision that I am proud of, but he has also given me the tools to find the balance between my work and personal life. I am a much happier and fulfilled person all round since engaging with him.
The Thrive Forum is unique. 12 successful business owners from diverse fields. People that you admire, using their collective knowledge to further you and your business. Holding you to your values and pushing you when you fall short, chaired by Shane. Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.
Richard Cotter, Managing Director, Growth Investments Ltd.
Working with Shane over the past 8 weeks has has really changed my life. The work (Blueprint + TimeShift) has had a really positive effect on my productivity, clarity of mind and ability to get more of what matters done.
Before I was focusing solely on my professional life but not getting the most from my personal life. I now realise that balanced success isn’t just a concept but actually possible. I have learned the importance of planning to do the things I love to do the most in all areas of my life.
I feel much more in control of my work and life goals and feel like I can achieve anything. The results to date have been fantastic and I have developed so much personally.
Gretta Nash Cadden, Human Resources Manager, Brown Thomas Regional Stores and BT2
I have found working with Shane Cradock to be an extremely rewarding experience on many levels.
He is an expert at helping me chip through the layers and get to the core of things. I find myself forced to look at whatever topic we happen to be working on with fresh and more honest eyes – very rewarding and motivating.
But, even more importantly, I have become more aware of the progress in the now – almost like I can actually feel myself growing. It’s not just this hard-to-express growth and support that are my gains.
In real figures, in the ten months since I first started working with Shane, my average sales have increased by a massive 183%. And the margin by at least 10% due to the added value I can offer through increased focus and personal efficiency.
I’m very grateful for having been introduced to Shane. He’s not only good, he’s also fun and has a wicked sense of humour! Highly recommend working with him.
Dublin, 6th January 2016
“Shane, Just listened to your recording for the second time. Excellent. Great to give me some focus as we start a new year.”
Tom Shanahan, Managing Director, Kendlebell
“Shane gave a great talk in Dublin about his MARC model to our group of over 80 business leaders. It was informative, insightful and thought provoking. The feedback from attendees was extremely positive following the talk.”
Neil Redmond, President of The MBA Association of Ireland
“Working with Shane over the last four years has been a tremendously satisfying experience and very worthwhile investment.
He has helped me focus on real tangible goals, creating clarity where there were blockages, and has challenged me when needed. I have greatly benefitted from his advice.”
Valerie O’Reilly, Managing Director, Unicorn PR & Communications
“I have attended Shane’s workshop’s and have worked with him on a one to one basis. His guidance is excellent and rewarding as it has helped me be more focused on my business. He has fantastic intuition, business acumen and an ability to challenge and get the best from his clients.”
Paul Cadden, Owner of Saba Dublin Restaurant
“Shane did an excellent talk on “Keeping your mindset positive” for the Dublin City Enterprise Network for Women in July 2009. In a very powerful presentation, he outlined the changes we can make to behaviour and quality of life from working on our thinking, which determines our attitude which in turn affects our behaviour. Our members found the talk to be very motivating especially in a challenging trading environment.”
Pauline Logan Women In Business Network Administrator, Dublin City Enterprise Board
“We engaged Shane to speak at our annual client conferences in Dublin and Navan. Two of the entrepreneurs from Ireland’s Dragon’s Den, Sean Gallagher and Gavin Duffy also spoke at these events. Shane delivered a very thought provoking talk on the mental approach in business and how to improve it. Very inspiring and practical at the same time.
Jason Dowling, Partner, Whelan Dowling & Associates
“We recently asked Shane Cradock to present at one of our Customer Seminars, held in Croke Park in March 2012. The event itself was attended by over 160 people. Shane was his usual informative, engaging and inspiring self. He touched on the personal, and made the audience sit up and listen.
He spoke off the cuff for a long period of time, and you could have heard a pin drop. He had them hooked in seconds. In place of the usual hoard of hungry conference attendees, prelunch – he had an avid group of listeners. Highly recommended as a thought provoking speaker that really gives something of meaning to the audience. It made the day.”
Sally Poff, Client Services Director, Milner Browne - part of IIS Group
“Shane spoke at our Annual Conference to nearly 200 delegates, and everyone in the room was hanging on to every last word. His passion for his subject comes through as he spoke, and he captivated our room of hungry restaurateurs and industry experts very well.
He added an awful lot to our 2013 Conference experience, he didn’t read off a page – he spoke on a professional and personal level, engaging with the audience at all times.
Our social media reacted very positively when we tweeted his words of wisdom, and everyone left the room a lot more inspired than when they had gone in.
We won’t be forgetting his three vital tools to any business in a hurry- confidence, clarity and communication- and Shane has these three things in abundance.”
Adrian Cummins, CEO, Restaurants Association of Ireland
“The biggest benefit we’ve got has been the improved focus it’s brought to key areas of the business. With so much to do as a business owner, it’s easy to get distracted. The regular reviews ensure we stay focused on the most important things we have to do. It’s also comforting to have someone else ‘make me’ take time away from the daily phone calls to put my attention on the bigger picture for the business.”
Paul Foran Managing Director, OHSS www.ohss.ie
“The strategic sessions never disappoint. Our ’1 year on’ day raised and solved an issue which wouldn’t have been dealt with as constructively in the office. The best part is that our sales grew by 200% within a month of solving that issue. I’m not saying that the session was solely responsible for that result but I will say it wouldn’t have happened without it. We see the strategic sessions with Shane as an integral part of our future success.”
Ronan Perceval Managing Director, Phorest www.phorest.com
“The strategy sessions were great. We achieved more at our first meeting than countless well-intentioned monologues at board meetings before. The work with Shane proved to be a catalyst for significant and worthwhile change.”
Mr. Niall McGarry Managing Director, BTW www.btw.ie
“Shane has been a great facilitator over 2 years in the Power Of Focus programme. Brings commitment, focus, insight, & just as important the ability to deliver the programme goals on target within the allotted time. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity”
Mr. Garry Gleeson Managing Director, Constructive Solutions Ltd.
“Every session with Shane gives me more focus and a lot of creative ideas about how to grow my business. 2008 was a great year for our business and Shane’s help was an important factor in that success.”
John Dunford Managing Director, Daisy Entertainment (Sharon Shannon Record Label) www.sharonshannon.com
“I worked with Shane over a 2 year period on a programme facilitated by him. Shane is outstanding in terms of combining the role of facilitator, challenger, thought provoker and also in the provision of useful tools to help in addressing the issues raised. I have worked with many trainers and consultants over the past 15 years and I would rate Shane in the top 3 people I have worked with. Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative.”
Lorcan O hObain Managing Director, Syrom Systems Ltd.
“The Clarity session with Shane forced me to stop and really think about where I wanted to go with my business and why. I had avoided some hard decisions that I need to make for some time, so it was a relief to finally put a clear structure around my personal and business goals and plans. Coming out of the session i was more focused on, and confident about my business. The time and money I spent on this was invaluable – I have no doubt that it will have a radical impact on my business.”
Ms. Jennifer Taafe, Managing Director, Zest Marketing www.izest.ie
“Shane really helped me to put a structure on my use of time as a business owner. I’m now much better at planning ahead and focusing on the real priorities that make the biggest difference to my company.”
Jamie Myerscough, MD, Educogym Blackrock & Dundrum www.educogym.com
“I have used Shane as a business coach and found him to be excellent and would have no hesitation in recommending him to other professionals, colleagues or clients. He understands your business very quickly and the key areas of concern and will make you address these. His insights around time management alone were worth the investment.”
Jason Dowling, Partner, WDA
“Shane is a very straightforward no-nonsense business advisor and I can personally recommend him as a helpful facilitator and great sounding board.”
Brendan Donlon Managing Director, Design Tactics www.designtactics.ie
“I have no hesitation in recommending Shane as a business advisor and coach. He has an unusual mix of skills that means we get a lot different services from someone we trust. Along with creating more structure and systemization to the business, he has helped us to complete important projects that had previously been in no-mans land.”
Louis Copeland Jnr. Director, Louis Copeland Group
“Shane has delivered the clarity to enable me to firstly see, and secondly – and most critically – ensures both my mind-set and focus are right to consistently perform at my best. I have been working with Shane for over 2 years and my business has seen consistent growth during this period. Not only has Shane delivered tangible results in the workplace, he has given me the tools to allow for a successful work-life balance. Shane is an integral part of my strategy for the business into the future.”
Jonathan Browne – Business Owner GEMINI www.geminitech.ie
“From a chance meeting in early 2009 Shane Cradock became my business and life coach. He has been instrumental in changing the way I look at business both in terms of priorities and seeing the bigger picture, and has been someone I can turn to for sound advice and guidance every step of the way. He has also been key to a number of developments in my personal life for which I am very grateful. I have recommended his services to a number of people and would not hesitate in continuing to do so.”
James Amos, Strategic Marketing Director, Boodles
“Shane Cradock has a rare talent that combines solid business sense with an intuitive nature that knows how to bring out the best in his clients. He will energise, encourage and focus you…delivering even more than he promises
Lorraine O’Neill Managing Director, L.A. Make Up Academy www.lamakeupacademy.com
“Shane facilitation has helped clarify key strategic elements at vital stages and importantly, keep us focused on the real priorities. His insights and unique approach on the ‘inner game’ have proved to be of immense value both to me personally and to Eden, as we create new innovative ways of bringing the Eden message to an international audience.”
Peter Hampel, Creative Director, Eden Project.
“I found my clarity sessions with Shane to be of fantastic benefit in creating a clearer picture for where I want to be both professionally and personally, and with taking time to focus on key goals and objectives. In today’s business landscape, it’s easy to get distracted, or bogged down with the day to day – the clarity sessions have helped me re-focus and re-evaluate what my key objectives are, and what I need to do to achieve them. I advise anyone in business to take a ‘clarity session’ on a regular basis.”
Joanne O’Hagan, CEO Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
“With Shane’s support I have taken my work to a higher level of professionalism. He has helped define the trajectory of my career and facilitated some great project successes. He has maintained focus on my long term objectives and slowly but surely we are getting there. I value his input to my business enormously.”
Chris Levine, International Award Winning Visual Artist
“Shane has worked with me for nearly 2 years now. When I went to him I had huge business pressure, a lack of focus and no strategy. Today I am very focused even with the huge workload I have.
I am achieving my goals and have a long term and short term strategy. Shane was able to get me focused and look for clear priorities when I felt I was sitting in the middle a range of issues.
I found the mental aspect really focused me and it’s of huge value to have the trusted support of someone outside my work circle to bounce issues off. Shane always makes himself available and has being a great support in a challenging time. I would highly recommend him, speaking as someone who has reaped the reaped the rewards of his service.”
CEO of Property Company with multi-national property portfolio valued at over €1 Billion
“The feedback we have received since your session was truly overwhelming. Such a positive reaction and what you said has really stuck with people. In fact there was one lady who had just been on a 2 day training course but she got much more out of your 2 hours! The most inspiring talk we have ever had.”
Karen Morton, EMEA Marketing Director, Dell
“Working with Shane helped me to gain clarity on exactly what I wanted and gave me the courage to take some bold steps in creating the future I really wanted. 1 year on and I can honestly say that my life and career have completely jumped to the next level. Time spent with Shane has been a fantastic investment – business and personal.
Georgina Coleman, Miu Miu Retail Director, PRADA USA
“Working with Shane has helped me to gain more clarity and control over everything. His unique approach on the ‘inner game’ of business in particular has helped my focus and also improved our bottom line. His contribution has been invaluable.”
Morgan Browne, CEO, Milner Browne - part of IIS Group, www.beabetterbusiness.com
“I believe 99% of business coaches don’t earn their keep, but in Shane you’ll find that elusive 1%. Shane’s philosophy that business and personal success are inextricably intertwined is one I totally agree with.”
Richard Waring, CEO Millward Brown Ireland
“Shane has a very unique approach that causes you to expand your thinking in a way that translates to an improved bottom line – business and personal. The value of the sessions together is immense.”
Colm Kennedy, Managing Director, Vayu
We were given Shane’s name though a referral from Vodafone Ireland which was good enough for us! He spoke at our Senior Leadership Team Away-Day and was absolutely fantastic with his delivery of a very relevant, motivational and inspiring presentation. The feedback was beyond excellent and caught all by surprise. We will certainly look to use Shane’s undoubted talents again.
Mick Sweeney, New Ireland Assurance, Managing Director (Interim)