Kingstown College and Me

by Maurice Whelan

I graduated from Kingstown College 5 years ago and it was without doubt a major turning point in my life and my career. Studying Executive Coaching with Paula King and my fellow students was an amazing experience but at the time I never really knew how profound it was going to turn out to be. Out of the blue towards the end of my studies my job in the software company where I was a Senior Executive was made redundant. Due to a merger with the UK business all the Executive positions where made redundant, including the CEO. To say I was devastated was an understatement, I think I was in shock for weeks. I was like a deer caught in the headlights, I never in my wildest dreams thought that this would happen to me, it was one of the lowest points in my life.

To say I got amazing support and encouragement from Paula King would be an understatement, she was amazing to me, always there to listen and encourage and I will always be indebted to her. She helped me get clarity on the situation, she got me to focus on my skillset, and after some months I decided to take the jump and start up my own company Unleash Potential.

Suddenly what I had gone to Kingstown to learn Executive Coaching was a commercial offering for my clients. Five years on, my company specialises in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. I work with amazing brands like Airbnb, PayPal, Voxpro, Stripe, Slack, Pepper and Blizzard. I have had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco, Athens, Folsom, Portland, Singapore, and Bucharest.

There is no doubt that starting your own business is exceptionally tough, you are always keeping your eye on your sales pipeline and delivering at the same time, but I won’t change it for the world.

I owe a massive depth of gratitude to Kingstown College and to the quality of the training I received, and personally to Paula, quiet simply I wouldn’t have a business without them.

About Maurice Whelan

Maurice Whelan is Managing Director of Unleash Potential. Maurice has over 25 years’ experience working in both the public and private sector at Senior Management and Executive level. He has qualifications in Executive Coaching, Psychotherapy, Marketing, Supervisory Management, Stage Craft and Voice Production and NLP. Additionally, he is a Graduate of Insead Paris where he successfully completed the Advanced Management Programme. He recently received his Certificate Of Competence in Ability and Personality Assessment from the British Psychological Society.

Maurice’s leadership and strategy execution skills have been recognised by the many National and International Awards he has achieved, including European People Manager of the Year and European Industry Champion of the Year (ECCA). He has twice received the National Award for Contact Centre Manager of the Year.

He is a Fellow of the Contact Centre Management Association (CCMA) and in 2007 he was the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has a genuine passion in delivering an Extraordinary Experience for his clients. His focus is on supporting them in exploring and unlocking their inner power in order to reach their full potential and to add value to their organisations. His unique set of skills and person-centred approach allows Maurice to support clients on their journey in uncovering and developing new and exciting possibilities.

About Unleash Potential

Unleash Potential is a dynamic Irish company with a passion and competency in supporting Executives within the current challenging economic environment. Unleash Potential provides Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Programmes  focusing on the specific needs of each client, with an emphasis on unlocking the power within each person in advancing and achieving their specific business and personal goals.

Unleash Potential where Winners of the 2016 Corporate Livewire Award For Innovation and Excellence In Executive and Leadership Coaching.