Tue 12th Apr 2016
Northern Ireland Manager Michael O’Neill addresses NI Chamber Leadership Event
Pictured at the event (L-R) are Paul Stapleton (General Manager at Electric Ireland); Ann McGregor (Chief Executive of NI Chamber) and Michael O’Neill (Manager of Northern Ireland Football Team).
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill joined over 250 members of the local business community as the new-look home of Northern Ireland football hosted its first major business event earlier today (12 April 2016).
The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast was the venue for a Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) leadership themed breakfast supported by Electric Ireland.
Speaking at the event, Michael O’Neill, who spent several years working in the financial services industry between finishing his playing career and entering football management, told the audience his management style had been shaped by his time both inside and outside football.
He said he had picked up lots of tips from the various football managers he had worked under and he also explained how working outside football had given him a great insight into how good man management in particular can deliver results.
The Northern Ireland boss said he was a pretty relaxed manager who did not overburden his players with information. He revealed he liked to keep meetings short, punchy and packed with visual effects.
The event also featured a panel discussion on leadership in sport and the business of sport. Joining Michael O’Neill on the panel were Peter Cowgill, executive chairman of sports fashion retailer JD, along with Andrew Curley, head of sponsorship and events at Vauxhall Motors.
Also speaking at the event was Paul Stapleton, General Manager at Electric Ireland, who said;
“We at Electric Ireland are delighted to support the Chamber’s latest Growing Something Brilliant event, the first ever business event at the redeveloped National Stadium at Windsor Park.
“It’s a fitting venue for such a timely event. Sport is a powerful metaphor for business, and there are some striking parallels. Fierce competition, winning by sometimes the smallest margins, achieving goals and targets, establishing long-term and short-term strategies and tactics, hard work, perseverance, teamwork, dealing with success and recovering from failure and setbacks – those are all key challenges in both worlds.
“Those in the room today whether from a sporting or business background will recognise this, none more so than Michael O’Neill– we congratulate him on his team’s success in qualifying for the Euros and wish Northern Ireland the very best for the competition in June.”
The Leadership Series is part of NI Chamber’s Growing Something Brilliant campaign aimed at building business confidence in Northern Ireland. NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor concluded “showcasing leadership is an important element of the campaign because good leadership can dramatically improve team confidence and lead to increased productivity, enhanced performance and ultimately business growth.”
Photography from the event can be viewed: