‘The Rule of Benedict – the oldest Organisational Manual in the world.’

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Saturday 24th February 2018

with Niall Kelly, Fr. Simon Sleeman osb

Benedict wrote his, ‘little rule for beginners’, as a guide to organisational excellence.  He wanted to establish a way of life that would ensure people live creatively, lives in which their hearts would enlarge with love.

We all live or work in organisations. In these turbulent times, both for us as individuals and for the organisations in which we live and work, it is useful to reflect on Benedict’s ideas – they have been in operation since 480!

As we know, there is whole a industry providing tools, frameworks and systems to help achieve organisational excellence. We will explore elements of Benedict’s design for organisational excellence including his leadership style and his concepts of stability, conversion, and obedience. He gives us an alternative approach to achieving balance and stimulating creativity.

Who is this for? Anyone who lives or works in an organisation, business or otherwise and who is interested in seeing their company, school, home become more successful and dynamic in its day to day life.

Niall Kelly.MSc(Mgmt), certified Alexander Technique teacher is an executive coach and organisation development consultant. He has been involved in organisational change throughout his career. Starting in marine and aviation communication, he moved into industrial relations and served as regional director of what is now IBEC. He then moved into HR management nationally and internationally before starting his own consultancy some 20 years ago. He is currently particularly interested in developing individual presence and performance, and in the sources and effects of stress on decision-making in organisations.

Simon Sleeman, BA in psychology and MA in theology and organisational development. He is a former Headmaster and Bursar at Glenstal Abbey where he has been a monk for over 40 years.


Information: Bring suitable outdoor boots/clothes.

Registration 10am @ Monastery Reception.

Finish @ 5.15 with option of staying for Vespers @ 6pm

Cost: €85 (including lunch, morning and afternoon tea/coffee)

Booking:  / 061 – 621005