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Hi, I’m Des Walsh.
I believe each of us is capable of greatness in some way, in some area of our lives. Yes, I appreciate that many people seem to be happy to settle for just "getting by", or "managing" - but they're not my clients, My mission is to elicit the greatness in those who do want to realize their greatness and are willing to go the extra mile it entails to achieve that.
I support them by providing attentive listening, appreciative inquiry and fresh, strategic thinking about problems, challenges and opportunities. I'm an independent, professional sounding board and strategic “thinking partner”.
I don't underestimate the challenge of going for greatness, and I bring practical, executive experience (and some "battle scars") to the table. I've carried the responsibility for multimillion dollar projects. I've led teams working to immovable deadlines. And I know how scary it can often be to take on new challenges: for me, one of those was leaving secure employment to make the entrepreneurial jump and create my own consulting and coaching business.
If you're ready to change, ready to go beyond "getting by", ready to go for greatness, I have programs to support you in that and I'm ready to help. Just grab a time in my schedule here and let's talk.
From the Blog
Let’s Talk Leadership podcast host Des Walsh in conversation with Kris Gale, Chairman, Michael Johnson Associates (MJA), on styles of leadership, what makes effective leadership, “dealing with difficult people”, and lessons from sport for business.read more
Fourteen years ago, early in 2003, I became one of the founding members of the International Association of Coaching (IAC). Earlier this week I was honoured and delighted to be presented, by IAC President Krishna Kumar, with the IAC President’s Award. While I am grateful that the IAC has done this, I am at the same time very conscious of the fact that what I have gained from my association with the organization outweighs any contribution I have made.read more
Whether your view of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dystopian or utopian, fearful or optimistic, a few moments consideration will remind you that AI is no longer something just for futurologists. It’s not just coming to a business, a car, a house or apartment near you: it’s here already in some form or many. What are the implications for the world of coaching?read more
There is an event coming up in late October early November, the Caregivers Smile Summit, a five day virtual conference to help caregivers.
Having been a carer in a small way myself, and having observed especially my mother as a carer over many years, I see this as a milestone event and I’m delighted that I am to be part of it.read more
This post is work in progress on a statement about my business focus, my motivation as a coach, and the service I seek to provide, It includes a statement about my ideal client and the demographic group I focus on. I invite comments and critique.read more
In this episode of Let's Talk Leadership, I'm in conversation with Deb Brown, from Webster, Iowa. Deb shares stories and advice on social media, working and living in a small town and creating the kind of community you want to live in. You might recognize...read more
This is how I used the video production platform Lumen5 to create a cover video for my Facebook page. It includes what did not work as well as what worked, and has a link to a supportive community group.read more
How I created a video from a blog post, using the Lumen5 video production platform, with mention of the current free pricing, and the Facebook user group, plus an invitation to other users to share links.read more
It has been my pleasure to have Des as my business coach for the past 14 years. Des combines all the fundamentals of a good coach - expert knowledge; clear manner; guidance and suggestion rather than didactic instruction - with a leading edge knowledge of the way social media can improve my business. He is a trusted colleague and a key part of the continued success of my firm.Kris Gale
My focus as a business coach is on listening attentively to my clients. My mission is eliciting their greatness. I specialise in working with smart, interesting, well-balanced business owners and entrepreneurs in the professional services sector, combining my life and business experience with advanced coaching skills to be their objective, professional sounding board. [Read more ...]
Strategic Social Media
Too many business owners and entrepreneurs find social media overwhelming or just confusing. As a long term business user of social media and a certified social media strategist, I help my clients cut through the social media hype and align their social media activity with their strategic business objectives.[Read more ...]
Social Business Bites stands out because it's useful. Each article Des includes is there for a reason, and he always explains why it matters. His insight about business and technology and his depth of knowledge make all the difference. That's why I read every issue.Becky McCray
Des Walsh is a driven and focused entrepreneur who stays in touch with the latest trends, resources, and technologies available to small business. These qualities, combined with years of experience in his field, make Des a superior coach and mentor.
In a single, thirty-minute conversation, Des redirected some concerns I had about my business model, introduced me to several valuable resources, and brought clarity to an issue that I’ve been struggling with for months. Yes, all of this in thirty-minutes!
I highly recommend that you consult with Des if you are a growth-minded entrepreneur who wishes to take your business far beyond its current state.Marla Tabaka