Dr Kieth Deats
MBA DrBA (Bus Econ)
Business Growth Specialist & Executive Business Coach
“Making the Impossible Possible”
I’m a Doctoral Practitioner graduate from the World Class DBA Business Economics programme at University College Cork, where I was supervised by renowned Harvard Professors Robert Kegan ret. (Head of Adult Professional Development) and Eleanor Doyle (Co-Chair of Harvard Business School’s Knowledge Generation Council and a member of the Harvard Hall of Fame). My significant academic and practice credentials are further complemented by graduating from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business with an Advanced Management Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching, an MBA from Newport, and study in Adult Training and Continuing Education, Neuro Linguistics, Industrial Relations, Negotiation, Management Accounting, and the Science and Practice of Agriculture. I’m a consummate believer in learning-by- doing, experiential knowledge and lifelong learning. I am a specialist in Next Generation Leadership and Next Level Growth with significant doctoral training in Adult Mental Development and Complexity and Self-Directed Learning. I update my framework regularly by ongoing and lifelong learning through research and practice from the World’s top Universities and Institutes of Technology, Harvard, MIT and Wharton as my principle resources.
My approach facilitates the connection of CEO’s, business owners and leaders to individuals and groups in their organisations to fulfil their collective potential to grow their businesses. I achieve this by helping shape, evolve and embed highly collaborative ongoing programmes of change and growth using organically conceived frameworks. I do this by mapping out the psychological, social, and commercial goals that work to achieve sustainable growth and preferred futures with individuals, groups and leaders in their business pursuits.
My work life has taken me on journeys to four different continents and six different countries with an overarching purpose to the commitment of sustainable business growth and prosperity. I’ve led regional economic initiatives, turnarounds of multinationals, family businesses, and small to medium enterprises. On this journey, I discovered a world very different to the traditional world of business where power, position, and coercive behaviour that I used to believe was how everyone conducted themselves at work.
I have combined my practical experience with learning gleaned through academic study to develop conceptual frameworks that are uniquely designed to understand business performance challenges. My work explores the changes needed to connect leaders and owners to their business potential and their best possible emerging future.
I’m South African born of Scottish and German descent. My work life has been influenced by a variety of careers including; being a conscript in counter insurgency, a diamond prospector, a bush pilot, and an Agricultural Economist. I have also spent decades as a business leader with; a major multinational food processing plant, a leader of multi store business of rural trading stores and been the owner of a major contracting division. Through my life and work experience, I’ve learned that the mind-set of the entrepreneur is a critical success factor needed to sustain and grow successful enterprises.
Shared success is based on principles of high levels of equality-based practice, integrity, transparency, and business best practice. I am total believer in the potential of humanity and experiential knowledge, and value diversity as a significant contributor to business growth. My theories and practices of continuous improvement are being used today in the ongoing development of high growth businesses in Ireland and Scotland.
Where I spend my time when not working
I’m nuts about reading, writing and keeping my mind, body and spirit in a place where I am fulfilling my preferred life. It is not uncommon to find me in the countryside, stick in hand, with my dog, crossing a river, climbing a mountain or just walking, breaking trail, or turning left on the path less travelled. I am an un-rehabitable adventurer and have a profound love for the outdoors and nature and can often be found BBQing in the rain or snow in my outdoor kitchen, savouring a good whisky and great conversation-or watching a programme on aviation, or top-class international Rugby.
My biggest achievement in life is having single parented two adult children, who are brilliantly well educated at World Class Universities, and like me enjoy their physical well-being and are amazingly self-critical resilient Modern Day practitioners
‘Ayrton Group have worked consistently with Kieth over the past decade. He brings a unique perspective on business growth, which is unlikely to be found elsewhere. His experience & methods of engaging our Leadership Teams, of helping us understand business growth, as well as leading an exciting journey of high-level long-term growth are unlikely to matched’
Kieran Linehan CEO
‘Helps us think and grow, and connect to the Bigger Picture, sustainable growth and make these connections to our team leaders, and the broader economy. Challenges and supports both achievable shorter-term goals, strategies and tactics very effectively…highly experienced, and self-assured in enabling us to make the most audacious goals possible’
Helen Taylor Partner
‘physically powerful man with great presence and gravitas, yet has a casual easy-going disposition’
‘courageous, self-aware hungry individual who has great Boardroom presence. He is willing to deal with the ups and downs and go journey with clients-seriously resilient individual. ’
BSc (Hons) FCMA CGMA
Senior Project Management Consultant
“help businesses transform and flourish”
I’m a Senior Project Management Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of international senior leadership roles for varying business sizes and types. This included living in Northern Italy for several years where I was instrumental in turning around a manufacturing company.
Being successful in another business and social culture taught me a huge amount about myself, how the world can work and more importantly, that there is more than one way to get something done.
I began my career as a Management Accountant working for a small SME in Shropshire, rising quickly through the business to become Financial Director at the age of 28, which gives me a great insight into the engine room of how business works.
My last corporate position was as Managing Director Northern Europe for an operating division of a US conglomerate. This included substantial P&L and operational responsibility for an area covering the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Poland, as well as being a member of the Executive Management team in Paris.
Corporations are fantastic at process and control, SME’s are fantastic at innovation with speed, which is why I now focus my energies and use my skills and experience acquired over the years to help businesses transform and flourish.
As well working in several roles in the business transformation sector I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and also a Global Management Accountant.