Kind words from our clients 

Jim Gavin, Dublin Senior Football Manager

Gary has made a profound impact on Dublin GAA football. He is a transformational leader in the truest sense, acting with integrity, encouraging innovation and he has an innate ability to inspire. Gary's purpose orientated approach resonates with those in the pursuit of the high performance space. I have seen at first hand his unflagging energy and distinctive ability to understand and contextualise specific needs of teams and identify, with clarity, growth potential. If emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership, Gary’s self-management, empathy and social skills gives him the ability to connect with and move people together in an impactful direction. The biggest compliment that I can pay Gary is that he has led a mindset shift enabling us to create a purposeful pathway in what we do and how we do it, in our continued pursuit of high performance. 

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Bernard Dunne, IABA High Performance Director. Former World Boxing Champion, February 2018
 

I have known Gary for the best part of 30 years. From his early days as a coach, it was quite evident that Gary saw and thought about not just sport, but individual and team development in a very different way. He is a strategic thinker and a has world class ability to lead and bring people on the journey with him. Having observed him working with teams, I have seen his ability to inspire and develop a culture of excellence. As high-performance director of Irish boxing, Gary created a system that achieved consistent world class results. As a personal mentor he has shared some invaluable advice which I am truly grateful for. He has encouraged me to never fear failure and to push the boundaries to achieve maximum performance.  Gary is an excellent communicator who can mix his knowledge of both the world of high-performance sport and business to connect teams with performance excellence. As someone who has experienced and succeeded in the tough world of professional sport I can attest to Gary’s capacity and skills to assimilate the unique contexts individuals, teams and organizations are in and use that understanding to affect real and impactful change.


Ciaran Ward, Performance Lead at NI Judo, June 2017
 
Gary is an inspirational leader who exudes integrity, expertise and strategic thinking. I worked with, and for Gary, for six years of his eight-year tenure as Director of the Irish Institute of Sport. During this time he consistently both challenged and inspired me, in equal measure. His character and energy are infectious and his ability to deliver succinct solutions to complex problems is exceptional. He is equally adept at developing comprehensive systemic strategy, or isolating the minutest detail impacting the delivery of excellence. Gary is a passionate High Performer with an expert understanding of High performance.

 

Gillian French, Chief People Officer at CarTrawler, June 2017
 
I have worked with Gary on numerous projects, ranging from High Performance talks to leadership workshops and mentorship programs. His role as a world-class facilitator in High Performance and Leadership development is unique in its manifestation, due in no small part to the content of Gary’s personal demeanour. A measured pace and calming disposition aptly describes Gary’s commendable character, while his unyielding sense of determination in his area of expertise is a testament to the duty and passion he harbours towards the field of Leadership. I believe many who know Gary personally will agree with me when I say that his skills as a motivator, mentor and orator are wholly unique. Where his true greatness lies however is the way in which he distils his knowledge down, compartmentalizes the information and succeeds in gifting these lessons to all whom he meets. His diligence is exceptional and his passion inimitable. I have no doubt that his skills and qualities have enlightened many others and that he will continue to exemplify these admirable attributes in all of his future endeavours. 


Rory Fitzpatrick, Manager & Olympic Coach at Irish Sailing Association, January 2017
 
Gary Keegan is a genuine leader in the rarest sense of the word. He is not just an outstanding thinker but also a truly exceptional person that I have had the fortune of guidance from within the PEP Program in the Irish Institute of Sport to Olympic preparations on site in Rio de Janiero. Gary see's peoples potential and leads them beyond where they may not have believed was within their capability. When assessing he can understand complexity remarkably quickly and views an objective or problem beyond a persons normal dimensions. He articulates the parts to bring clarity, direction and benefit. When operating he relishes these process and the natural passion and leadership of his personality compels people to their best so the benefit is multiplied. He has an exceptional understanding capability through the various layers of any problem or plan, from the vision and strategy right through to the people and the detail. Gary's integrity is applied and stalwart, his character consistently inspires and he is a true master in high performance.


Paul Farrell, High Performance Sport New Zealand/Massey University, October 2016
 
Gary Keegan is a true leader with a performance-driven philosophy that creates a culture of excellence. Having worked with Gary at the Institute of Sport, I have witnessed how he not only lives world-class performance, but inspires it from those around him. Gary is a strategic thinking, a world-class motivator and a pioneering thought leader in the performance space. Gary has pushed the high performance boundaries to create an environment where people have the potential to be world-leading every day.

 

Kevin Ankrom, PerformanceFunnel Consulting, September 2016
 
I have worked globally and its rare to find a person who knows performance sport like Gary Keegan. He understand strategy, sport business, people and communication and he knows how to deliver it. I have learned so much from Gary about finding what works in sport and focusing in on the things to deliver results. I consider Gary a world-class mentor and performance coach. I believe Gary is one of the best in the business... not afraid to fail in order to learn how to succeed.


Alan O' Hare, Head of Organisational Development & Change, November 2013
 
Gary is a high performing sports professional and a respected leader in sport. His work rate is phenomenal as is his passion for and commitment to Irish sport. He makes things happen and gets results. He brings out the best in people and is extremely effective in understanding what makes them tick and what matters to them. A pleasure to work with and highly recommended.


Graham Fagan, Leading the Operation and Development of Technology for Ireland's leading Bank, June 2012
 
First and foremost Gary is a person of the highest integrity, who is driven by a core set of values and has a highly collaborative approach to everything he does. He is not a leader who operates from a text book in an ivory tower, he is the embodiment of what a real thought leader in his field should look like in these fast paced turbulent times in which we live i.e. results focused, short term and long term. It is very clear he has personally experienced success and failure in the domains of business and high performance sport to know what it takes to succeed at the very highest level on a world stage. From the research I have conducted, I have yet to see anybody else bring together the best practices of business and high performance sport in the way Gary achieves it. Just as important, he knows how to translate it into real action that delivers quantifiable business benefits. I have also had the pleasure, on a number of occasions, of observing the impact of Gary’s message first hand on large groupings of business managers and executives. It was simply electrifying. There is no other way to describe it. This rare combination of inspiration and real world experience that he possesses, will be the real catalyst of change for any organisation who is looking to achieve a higher level of business performance and fortunate enough to work directly with Gary.
 

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