‘Life is about putting people at the core of how you think & act’

Frank O’Keeffe is Managing Partner of EY in Ireland. Prior to his current role, Frank held a position on the Irish leadership team as Head of Assurance, where he was responsible for leading the fastest-growing Assurance service on the island of Ireland. Additionally, he was the Lead Audit and Client Services Partner for Ireland. Frank’s experience includes serving a range of large national and multinational clients across the manufacturing, retail, technology, and supply chain sectors. Frank was the Partner for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program in Ireland between 2009 and 2014. He has also held the position of Diversity & Inclusion Partner Sponsor and continues to preside over the EY Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee in Ireland. Frank holds a Certificate in Authentic Leadership from Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Certified Accountant by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Today, Frank joins me to continue my series of conversations with Managing Partners & CEOs about Leadership and Organisation Health & Wellbeing, while tapping into the future of work as we navigate the return to the office post-Covid-19. He talks about the ways that Covid-19 has impacted how he leads and shares the three priorities he chose to focus on when the pandemic hit. He emphasizes the importance of recognising the humanity of each employee and discusses how that recognition translates into better service for clients. He discusses his People First agenda and notes the importance of a good and strong workplace culture. He offers his take on hybrid work, laying out his three-pronged approach. He notes the power of trust and discusses the importance of confidence in yourself and your abilities.

‘Challenges can be a privilege for you to solve for others. This mindset change

completely reduces (my) stress levels.’

– Frank O’Keeffe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • The impact of Covid-19 on Frank’s leadership practices
  • The importance of a good workplace culture
  • Frank’s three-pronged approach to hybrid working
  • The importance of openness to advice
  • The power of trust
  • Embracing opportunity
  • Life is a journey, not a sprint
  • Being yourself and trusting yourself to be the best that you can be
  • Keeping your physical and mental balance in check