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Ciarán Fenton

Leadership consultant



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Are your company's biggest competitors sitting in your boardroom?

Do you recognise these personality traits in your board colleagues, or in you?


  • The micro-manager: always interfering

  • The defensive: rarely acknowledges a mistake

  • The pleaser: either won’t challenge anyone or say what they really want

  • The intellectually superior: won’t listen or must be the brightest in the room

  • The irrepressible: likes to please with many good ideas, but struggles with focus

  • The anxious one: never trusts their own judgement

  • The bully/passive aggressive: makes everyone's life a misery

Individual behaviour can frustrate business goals. It competes with your business as surely as your biggest competitor. And yet, boards live with such behaviour, month in, month out.




I led several companies through organisational change in my corporate career and, since 2002 as a consultant, I have advised leaders at listed and private companies on how business strategy and individual board member behaviour are inextricably linked in achieving objectives. 


Using a methodology I developed over 15 years working in all sectors, I identify the specific behaviour of each board member, including yours, that may be frustrating your business goals. This includes behaviour which hides individual potential.

I reflect these behaviour agreements in a special type of business plan I have designed which integrates behaviour planning into traditional business planning. Then, usually over a three to nine month period, I support the implementation of the plan, especially when it goes wrong, which it usually does. Because people are people. 


In this way, I combine business consulting with behavioural change consulting so that your board can agree a shared purpose, a shared strategy and shared behaviour to implement that strategy.

Then I facilitate agreements between everyone on small behavioural changes. I find that small changes get big results. That’s because confronting counterproductive behaviour, even a little, releases hidden potential in individual board members and, then, in aggregate from the board as a whole.

The problem with many boards is that they don't know how to integrate all three components - purpose, strategy and behaviour, without conflict or suppressing hidden talent.


The Fenton Model helps them negotiate this process, quickly.

If you are a board member of a company and you sense director behaviour could be competing with business goals... me for a free consultation... 
...on +447966168874 or email me at to arrange a time for a two-hour consultation in person, on video Skype or by phone.  


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