Every sport has a great sporting hero. Someone who stands head and shoulders above other champions of their sport. Ireland has few, if any, sports stars or managers that have seen the success and been as dominant in their trade as Kilkenny’s Brian Cody. Mention hurling and you think Kilkenny. Mention hurling managers and it is Cody that is first in peoples’ minds. Following a stellar playing career for Kilkenny in the 70’s and 80’s which saw him win, among other things, 3 All Ireland Senior Hurling titles and 2 Nation Hurling League titles, Cody eventually moved into management. Taking the helm as Kilkenny manager in 1999, there began what can only be described as a dynasty of success. In the 16 seasons that have followed, so too have the accolades and silverware. Cody tasted success as a player and as a manager he has rewritten the record books. Eleven-time winners of the All-Ireland hurling championship.
Brian Cody knows all about building and managing successful teams, what it takes to be a true leader and how to successfully motivate and inspire a team to win again and again and again. Leading Kilkenny into a seventeenth season is not a hardship for Brian Cody, it is a choice. He has shown the ability to adapt and change as required and is as switched on as ever. In his speeches, Brian reveals what it takes to make Kilkenny so successful under his leadership and what keeps him motivated and moving forward.
Niall Breslin, also known as Bressie, has a story which many people would never have imagined. From having a career in professional rugby for Leinster, which led him to representing Ireland in the under 21s World Cup, to being the frontman of multiple award-winning band The Blizzards, before embarking on a solo career and coaching on The Voice of Ireland. Recently Niall has opened up and spoken out about his personal battle with anxiety and how his reluctance to deal with his mental health ultimately destroyed two of his careers. He speaks candidly about his personal journey and offers sterling advice on how to fight back against anxiety and mental health issues.
Bressie recently launched his own blog My1000hours.com, and he says the main focus of it is “about exploring positive and proactive ways of improving your emotional fitness and helping you deal with whatever mental stresses you may go through.” Bressie’s story is as inspiring as it is honest and it will have a positive impact on anyone experiencing anxiety and stress in the workplace. His morale-boosting talk slots easily into corporate events, especially those with a health and wellbeing focus or indeed any event requiring a morale-boosting finale. His background in sport and music gives him an interesting slant on topics like teamwork and motivation and he is living proof that you can overcome your own demons to ultimately succeed. Recent clients include Accenture, Lovin Dublin, Aviva, Vodafone, Dublin Insurance Institute, Bank of Ireland, Arthur Cox and AIB.
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