“Health is wealth.” — 60 seconds with: Shane Kearney, Business Planning Manager, Laya Healthcare

Business, Interviews | Tue 18 Sep | Author – Business & Finance
Shane Kearney, Business Planning Manager, Laya Healthcare.

Shane Kearney, Business Planning Manager, Laya Healthcare on  getting blisters, organising the PMI National Project Awards and innovation.


Q. What was your first job?

Working at my father’s family farm machinery business sweeping the yard and getting blisters on my hands. Listening into lunchtime stories of old from my uncles grounded me and though I hated the job, I loved the stories and the camaraderie I observed!

Q. What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?

Organising the upcoming Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) National Project Awards with the voluntary committee, despite our very busy day jobs. Being involved in the Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) project within Laya Healthcare a few years ago was also amazing, to see how everyone, throughout the business, pulled together as one team in time of need.

Q. In three words or less, how do you define success?

Health is wealth.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

If you are going to do something, do it right.

Q. How do you motivate yourself and your staff?

In the Ireland Chapter of PMI, the team are all volunteers so it is quite easy as everyone there has committed to participating in activities, including the upcoming National Project Awards. Everyone has day jobs so I try and keep the communications to a minimum and if I need something I will do it very quickly and directly.

Q. If you could step into the shoes of one businessperson for a day, who would it be and why?

It would be my cousin Alan O’ Herlihy, who has recently set up an amazing new company Everseen. Alan always had that innovation streak within him — he had the courage to go with what he believed in and has made it a massive success.

Q. How do you relax?

As a retired hurler, running has now taken over. I’ve run four marathons and I am currently in training for the Chicago marathon in October.

Q. What’s your motto?

Keep looking forward.

Q. What are your aspirations for the future of the business?

This year is the second year of the annual Ireland Chapter of PMI National Project Awards. I’m delighted to be involved in the initiative and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the committee to continue to develop events and activities that will add value to our members and further promote the value of the project management profession in Ireland. Ideally we hope to grow our membership and attract more of the globally renowned PM events to Ireland such as the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting and Global Congress EMEA which will be held here in 2019.

If you are going to do something, do it right.