The Interview Series: Dr Colm Foster, Irish Management Institute

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The Interview Series: Dr Colm Foster, Irish Management Institute

Declan talked to Dr Colm Foster, Director of Executive Education at the Irish Management Insititute (IMI) about what the future of work might be. In a wide ranging interview they discuss how the Covid 19 pandemic has accelerated trends rather than creating them; what skills will be needed in the future; essential Vs well paid workers; where we all may work from and what will drive this; culture in a hybrid environment; Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics roles and loads more…..




Dr Colm Foster

Colm Foster joined IMI in June 2015 as IMI’s Director of Executive Education. In this role he has responsibility for leading IMI’s Design and Innovation Unit, Programme Unit, Knowledge Centre and Associate Network Team.

Prior to joining IMI Colm worked as a leadership and strategy development consultant to organisations in the US, Asia and Ireland; specialising in Emotional Intelligence while lecturing in business schools in Ireland and Singapore. Colm has over twenty years’ experience with Ernst & Young in Ireland and Australia and Diageo plc, the world’s largest premium beverage alcohol company.


Colm led multiple strategic change projects and change programmes as finance and strategy director in Baileys Supply and operations director in Diageo International and now leverages that experience to help organisations and their leadership teams to optimise growth and capitalise on business opportunities.

Colm has extensive coaching experience working at C-Suite level with a number of global organisations, specialising in working with leaders to build their authentic command presence and enabling them to unleash the potential of their leadership teams.

Colm is a member of the global expert panel responsible for providing the veridical scoring for the MSCEIT, the most widely recognised ability test of Emotional Intelligence. Colm is also a member of the board of Cork University Business School.

In 2014 Colm was co-author of Step Up; Lead in Six Moments that Matter, which was an Amazon top 10 business book for that year.


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