About

The Family Business Unit is a consultancy dedicated to small to medium sized family owned businesses. We typically work with Business Owners, Family Members, Professional Advisors and Management and with each consultancy we bring the benefits of 25 years of practical experience with family businesses in Ireland.

Training and development is available in the following areas :

  • Family Conflict Reduction & Resolution
  • Family Meetings, Retreats and Learning
  • Succession Planning and Generational Transition
  • Contingency Planning
  • Family Charter and Business Rules
  • Governance and Board Development
  • Sustainability Planning
  • HR Consultancy
  • Strategic Coaching of Senior Family Members
  • Developing Living Values and Vision
  • Coaching for Future Leadership

In addition to the consultancy outlined above we provide a range of Executive and Management Development courses for Family Business as follows;

  • Leadership Development 
  • Team Development
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills
  • Survival of the Business (Contingency Planning)
  • Introduction to Succession Planning
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Governance and Formalisation
  • Developing Living Values and Vision

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Family Business Unit

Strategy, Success and Succession: Bridging the Strategy Gap in Family Firms - This 2016 PwC Report records a shift in management emphasis from the short term and the tactical, to the medium term and the strategic.

Family Business Unit

In 2016, the DCU Centre for Family Business launched this report entitled: “Lessons in Resilience and Success: A Snapshot of Multi-Generational Family Businesses in Fingal, Dublin”.

Family Business Unit

In our 2018 Training Catalogue, you will find the range of 1-day courses that we deliver for SMEs and Family Businesses around the country. Our interactive courses have been designed for the needs of Irish business owners and managers.

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Meet the Team

Karl Hyden

With 27 years’ experience in management, supervision, training & development disciplines, Karl works as a business mentor, strategist, consultant and master level coach with 17 years’ consultancy, coaching and mentoring experience with SME clients. To date, Karl has supported 1,000+ small and medium businesses owners from 27 countries.

Karl has Masters Degrees in both Human Resource Management and Performance, a primary degree including Interpersonal Communications (Psychology), advanced studies in Organizational Transactional Analysis (Psychology) and qualifications in Mediation and Business Coaching.

He is a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) a Fellow with the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) and a Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).

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Paddy Ryan

Over the past twenty-five years Paddy has worked in HR T&D at Director and Executive level. He has worked in heavy Industry, in Hi-tech, Medical Devices as well as Software reselling and Construction; leading teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia for Global and international businesses. Most recently he headed up the Human Resources Department Mercury Engineering a major Irish based international business.

Throughout his career the one constant driver has been the development of people. The senior positions filled in, the UK and Ireland with British Steel and Smith & Nephew and mainland Europe with Software Spectrum and Insight, US multinational and global companies have focussed on best practice HR and leading edge Training and Development.

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