Feargal O’Rourke: Culture with a Sense of Belonging is a Powerful Force

Feargal O’Rourke is Managing Partner of PwC Ireland. He has served in various leadership roles in PwC EMEA and PwC Ireland since his admission as a partner in 1996. He has been appointed by several Irish Governments to various roles. He served for 7 years on the board of Forfás, the Irish State body responsible for the development of Industrial policy and of science and technology in Ireland. Feargal was appointed in 2008 to the Commission on Taxation. From 2014 to 2020, Feargal was a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, the leading representative body at both the Government and Industry levels for the 700 US companies based in Ireland. Feargal holds a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Diploma in Professional Accounting, both from University College Dublin. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute, having obtained 1st place nationally in the final exam. He has lectured and written extensively on taxation and business and is regularly sought after by Irish politicians and officials on a wide variety of commercial matters.

Today, Feargal joins me to talk about leadership, resilience, agile work practices, and the power of culture in the workplace. He talks about the effects of COVID-19 on his leadership style, and he notes the importance of honesty, transparency, and humility.  He highlights the power of commonly held values and of a willingness to admit your mistakes. We discuss the relationship between physical and mental health and note the importance of health in general. We discuss the hybrid work model and its potential success once it suits team-mates, suits clients, and suits the business.

We look forward to hybrid work models resulting in happier employees, attracting people back to the workforce, and geographic location ceasing to be important.

As a leader, Feargal knows that physicality is the bedrock for mental & emotional resilience. He advises on the importance of staying active, fit & supple.

He notes the power of staying grounded and explains why he believes you shouldn’t look back and ask, “what if?”

“Culture is what gets you there. Culture is the glue that binds. Culture is what differentiates one organisation from another.”
– Feargal O’Rourke

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • The meaning and power of culture
  • The power of transparency
  • Why you should recognise and admit your mistakes
  • The pricelessness of physical and mental health
  • Why even the wrong decisions have a purpose

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