Limerick-founded Ingenium course offers 'smart choice' for people in business

The first group to graduate from Ingenium Training and Consulting’s Smart Choice leadership programme, which is affiliated with UL, where the graduation ceremony took place Picture: Keith Wiseman

The first group to graduate from Ingenium Training and Consulting’s Smart Choice leadership programme, which is affiliated with UL, where the graduation ceremony took place Picture: Keith Wiseman

THE first cohort of participants in a new leadership programme affiliated with UL have graduated.

The Smart Choice leadership programme was run by Ingenium Training and Consulting, founded by CEO and Limerick businessman Hugh O’Donnell.

The first group started the course in January 2017 and graduated at a ceremony held recently in UL after displaying projects developed for their business organisations over the course of the year.

Developed in Limerick with local and international consultants, Smart Choice is a leadership development programme created by Ingenium, focusing on SMEs and larger enterprises.

Those taking part in the first course included business people from Action Point, Serocep Diagnostic Solutions, DGD Shredding, i3PT Certification, HOMS Solicitors, Kirby Engineering and Construction, Roadbridge, The Galtee Group, Anam Technologies, Collen Construction and AMCS Group.

At the graduation ceremony, UL presented certificates of completion to the participants.

“We are privileged to be partnered with the University of Limerick in this way,” said the group’s operations director Alan Higgins.

“In addition, the Limerick Chamber of Commerce has been a huge supporter of the programme with a number of the participating companies coming from their extensive network across the Mid-West. We are delighted to have such a close working relationship with Dr James Ring and his team in the Chamber.”

Mr Higgins explained that there are another four courses currently running with over 120 participants and a further six scheduled to take place this year.

Smart Choice encourages leaders and potential leaders to develop their skills at work and to advance their organisation through self-reflection and the pragmatic application of academic research to their own work environments.

Dr Eric Sandelands, Ingenium’s research director, explained that Smart Choice “provides the keys to both personal and organisational growth and effectiveness. It makes it feel natural to apply the best of the research world to live organisational projects, challenges and opportunities.

“One of the biggest pleasures in working on Smart Choice is to see participants achieve demanding personal development goals and to see them go on to use their newfound and newly developed competencies to lead change initiatives that progress their company and ultimately benefit all those who work there,” he added.