Sometimes successful leaders just know they’re right. We know our goals are noble, we know how we want to get there, and we know we can be successful. And sometimes someone with whom we are working seems determined to thwart us. Sam Rayburn, the legendary Speaker of the US House of Representatives famously stood by […]
About Coach Padraig
Certified Executive Coach and President, Padraig Coaching & Consulting Inc.
Patrick O’Reilly is committed to helping successful leaders take themselves and their organizations to new heights of success. "I coach and speak because I want to help leaders who have been successful in their careers to identify the the strengths that will continue to serve them well, and to nurture the under-developed skills they will need to excel further."
"My career as an executive, my travels and my work with clients across the continent have taught me this - the days are gone when an executive who excels in one or two approaches to leadership will continue to get ahead. Even our greatest strengths become a liability if pressed too far. I wish I had known that earlier in my career and I’m glad I know it now and am able to apply it in service to others.
My role is to work together with you to create a successful, connected and inspired person and to see things differently -- to find goals you haven’t found before, and the path that will lead you there. Bring your idea to me! I would love to hear it.
A colleague describes me as fierce energy in a container of calm. Clients have described me as a passionate, thoughtful listener with insightful questions to prompt their thinking, and have said the questions I ask of them haunt them for days after our meetings, allowing them to go deeper into their understanding of themselves and bringing them clarity of direction. I love hearing that."
A recognized leader in his fields of endeavour through 20 years of progressively more senior roles, Patrick O’Reilly launched Padraig Coaching & Consulting, a management consulting and executive coaching firm, in 2012.
Prior to starting Padraig Coaching & Consulting, Patrick worked as a senior executive, managing large budgets, leading and mentoring teams of people and providing management and policy advice to colleagues, senior executives and politicians.
Patrick’s career includes working in established large organizations within government, starting up new, efficient and agile knowledge based teams, negotiating then personally launching the start-up of a federal Crown corporation and now bringing together that wealth of experience in his own firm for the benefit of his clients.
Patrick has worked across Canada and understands the unique similarities and sometimes strong differences that exist regionally across the country. As well, he has worked tirelessly developing international partnerships with numerous organizations, creating international working groups, speaking and delivering papers at conferences around the world including such locations as Australia, China, Belgium, England, Denmark, Portugal and the United States. Patrick has also provided management consultancy to organizations outside Canada in places as diverse as Ghana and Australia.
Patrick has particular expertise in assisting functional leaders (policy advisors, professors, technical specialists, etc) step up to executive leadership. As well, he created the Accelerating Success program designed to facilitate rapid integration for a leader taking on a new role with a new team -- and just as rapidly helping the team to adapt to and support the new leader - which rapidly facilitates significant returns on investment for the organization.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (Certified Executive Coach) from Royal Roads University in Victoria. He is a certified coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and is certified to administer the EQi and EQ360 assessments, to administer and debrief 360 feedback under LEADS in a Caring Environment (a Canadian healthcare leadership program) and to administer and facilitate DiSC profile assessments and workshops.
Have you ever heard of the Peter principle? It’s a theory commonly, if not derogatorily, popularized in the 70’s that says people get promoted to their level of incompetence, at which point they stagnate; presumably feeling miserable, and making those around them feel the same. Not a very cheery picture. A closely related notion is […]
Is it ever too late for your own advice? I’ve got an interesting question for you today; but first I need you to do a bit of imagining. Try to remember, for a moment, what you were like when you were first starting your climb up the leadership ladder. Can you picture the younger you? […]
In our last blog we talked about using “Why?” to engage others, to learn more and to explore ideas. We take that a step further today with asking more questions — using a “coach approach” to leadership. Good questions often lead to amazing answers — answers that can astound you and the person you asked, […]
A recent article in Fast Company, the innovative business magazine, got me thinking about the question “WHY?” Anyone who has ever spent time with a pre-schooler can tell you two things about the single word question “WHY?” — it is both very effective and highly irritating. “Why is the sky blue?” “Well, because the oceans are reflecting […]
As the New Year starts we hear a lot about resolutions. “I’m going to lose weight, land my dream job, turn my business around.” Some people are rigorous “resolvers” on January 1st, some succeed, many don’t, some simply refuse to participate, often because “I never live up to them anyway!” One great way to live up to […]
WINNIPEG, December 12, 2012 — Patrick O’Reilly, founder and owner, is pleased to announce that today in Ottawa the Director General of Corporations Canada has approved the incorporation of Padraig Coaching & Consulting Inc. as a federally incorporated business. With this move, the company has been renamed to better reflect its strong focus on executive […]
As many of you know, since leaving the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, I have started my own executive coaching firm — Padraig Coaching & Consulting. My goal with Padraig Coaching & Consulting is to share some of the incredible experiences I have had in my career, to help make your job easier. Whether that involves […]
HOW DO WE HELP?
Padraig Coaching & Consulting provides particularly skilled expertise in leadership development – including one-to-one executive coaching and leadership coaching, as well as coach-led peer group leadership programs and leadership courses (in-house for companies throughout North America as well as monthly public offerings).
In addition to the programs that help individual leaders be great leaders, Padraig also helps leadership teams work cohesively as a team for the good of the organization -- rather than a group of high-flyers, all with their own goals and agendas.
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