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Declan Foster

Founder at Martello Change Consulting

Dublin, Ireland

I am a published author and an experienced and qualified Change Management Practitioner and Project Manager. With a big 4 consulting background I have over 20 years’ experience in consulting and HRIS and ERP systems, with proven skills in change management, project management, business transformation, training, ERP implementation, and business analysis. I have worked on several high-profile projects in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the USA.

Available For: Advising, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Dublin, Ireland
Speaking Topics: Change Management, Artificial Intelligence

Speaking Fee $2,000 (In-Person)

Declan Foster Points
Academic 50
Author 97
Influencer 11
Speaker 13
Entrepreneur 40
Total 211

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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Theatre: Europe

Areas of Expertise

AI 32.08
Change Management 37.82
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.28
EdTech
Emerging Technology 30.05
ERP
HR 30.48
Leadership 30.37
Project Management 63.33
Startups 30.10
Future of Work 30.50
Analytics

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Travel & Transportation

Publications

5 Academic Certifications
Change Management Certificate
Cornell University
October 25, 2022
The Change Management certificate program, developed by faculty at Cornell University, will equip you to anticipate where things are moving, implement changes needed, and sustain the momentum of your change management initiatives to advance your agenda. The four core courses and two leadership electives enable you to meet your specific development goals while customizing the program to suit your particular professional outcomes.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Foundations of Humane Technology
Center for Humane Technology
August 03, 2022
This self-paced online course prepares product teams to create technology that treats attention and intention as sacred, protects well-being, and builds our collective capacity to address humanity’s most urgent challenges.

Credential ID 749111

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Machine Learning: Implementation in Business
MIT Sloan School of Management
January 27, 2020
n the program, MIT faculty will guide you to understand the current and future capabilities of this transformative technology to effectively unlock its potential within your business. You’ll also have the opportunity to design a road map for the successful integration of machine learning — tailored for your organization. At the end of the program, you’ll walk away with a plan for immediate and practical business action.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy
MIT Sloan School of Management
September 09, 2019
This online program, designed by MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), equips you with the knowledge needed to transform your organization into an innovative, efficient, and sustainable business of the future.

Through an engaging mix of key technologies, business insights, case examples, and your own business-focused project, you’ll explore the reality of central AI technologies and how they can be harnessed to support your business needs. Focusing on machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics, the program helps you understand the implications of these AI technologies for business strategy, as well as the economic, societal, and business implementation issues they raise. MIT expert instructors examine how AI will complement and strengthen our workforce rather than just eliminate jobs. Additionally, the program will emphasize how the collective intelligence of people and computers together can solve business problems that not long ago were considered impossible.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Certificate in Digital Business Transformation Management
CXO Transform
May 25, 2019
The world's only course where you can learn how to orchestrate digital business transformation using the six guiding principles collectively known as THRIVE.

Credential ID 577715

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

11 Article/Blogs
The Change Formula
LinkedIn
October 12, 2022
We don't see formulas often used in organisational change management (OCM). This is perhaps not surprising given that OCM has a focus on people. The exception to this is Beckhard-Harris Change Formula. The formula was initially described in the 1960s by management consultant David Gleicher, and was further developed by Richard Beckhard and Reuben T Harris in the 1980s (Beckhard & Harris, 1987).

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

The Journey to Ethical Artificial Intelligence
LinkedIn
August 04, 2022
Ethics in AI's concern, according to the EU, "is to identify how AI can advance or raise concerns to the good life of individuals, whether in terms of quality of life, or human autonomy and freedom necessary for a democratic society".
In this article, I consider AI ethics from four perspectives: individual, product or company, the tech industry, and society.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

What Can Change Management Learn from Behavioural Economics?
LinkedIn
April 26, 2022
My latest article looks at what change management professionals can learn from behavioural economics. I cover choice architecture, nudges, biases and heuristics and how you can leverage these in change initiatives.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

What’s Next For HR Tech Start-Ups In Ireland?
Irish Tech News
December 31, 2021
From recruitment to engagement, learning to payroll, Irish tech start-ups are providing solutions to almost all of HR needs. This article discusses how Ireland has become a hub for HR Tech start ups.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, HR, Startups

AI: A GAME-CHANGING TOOLKIT FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT?
Irish Tech News
May 28, 2021
The project management profession is at an inflection point due to the challenges and opportunities that the rapid progress in AI technologies presents. I shared my thoughts on this subject in an article for Irish Tech News.

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Tags: AI, Project Management

Change Managers and Project Managers: Two Sides of the Same Coin - Follow Up Article
LinkedIn
January 07, 2021
The feedback from my recent article indicated that there was still plenty of life in this topic and that a follow-up article was merited. My key takeaways from the feedback were that there is disagreement on whether the roles can be shared by one person but there is a consensus that both professions need to understand each other more. My analogy of project management and change management being two sides of the same coin seems to have resonated as I can see that being referenced in other LinkedIn articles and posts.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

Change Managers and Project Managers: Two Sides of the Same Coin
LinkedIn
January 01, 2021
If you are a change manager and you have ever found yourself in a role where the scope and focus of your role was confused or overlapped with a project manager role, or vice versa, then this article is for you. Change managers and project managers regularly have to work side by side to deliver a project or achieve a successful transformation. Problems can, and do, arise where this is misunderstanding or confusion about their roles and responsibilities.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

Sponsorship: Conducting Your Change Initiative
LinkedIn
December 31, 2020
It takes an entire orchestra to play a symphony, under the leadership and guidance of a conductor. This is much like the need to have a cohesive and effective team to implement a change initiative into an organisation. This team too needs leadership and this is where effective sponsorship is brought to the fore.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

Change Impacts: Setting Your Project Up For Success
LinkedIn
January 05, 2020
Embarking on an organisational change initiative without first considering the change impacts in a structured manner is a bit like an architect creating a blueprint for a building without first understanding the client’s requirements or even the building’s location.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

Getting Ready for AI. My Top Tips to Get Your Organisation Ready for AI
LinkedIn
January 01, 2020
Amazon recently announced that it would invest $700 million to provide upskill training to 100,000 of its employees due to the impact of automation and AI on its workforce. They are training these employees in the areas of machine learning, robotics, and computer science. While the task for most organisations will not be on the same scale it is important that every organisation puts a plan in place to prepare for the impact of AI.

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Tags: AI, Leadership, Project Management

The Change Manager & AI
LinkedIn
January 07, 2019
Gartner estimates that by 2020 85% of customer interactions with companies will take place without human involvement. When you think about Artificial Intelligence (AI) what image from popular culture springs to mind? Is it the cute and friendly R2D2 droid or do you think of more dystopian characters like HAL 9000 from 2001 or The Terminator? Whatever comes to mind for you, I think we can all agree that AI is here now and will only become more pervasive in the coming years. When Netflix recommends a new boxset for your viewing or when that new sweater you ordered online is picked off a shelf by a robot in an Amazon warehouse, you are interacting with AI.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

1 Book
Humology: How to put humans back at the heart of technology
ReThink Press
July 25, 2022
Humology explores how rapid advances in technologies are impacting our world, disrupting societies and ourselves. We are approaching a tipping point; in order to build better technologies tomorrow, we have to start with new principles today.

This book will show you how to:

Build solutions that address real needs
Design products that work in harmony with human psychology
Minimise disruption and increase adoption
Discover your purpose, and be grounded in ethics

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

1 Book Chapter
Managing The Change to Hybrid Working
Ireland Together
January 06, 2021
We are about to embark on the most significant change to the workplace in our lifetimes.
As we return to work and consider the move to hybrid working, we can consider this change the
most significant change to the workplace that any of us will have experienced and prepare accordingly.

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Tags: Change Management, Future of Work, HR

2 Founders
Humology
Humology
August 03, 2020
Humology aims to encourage and inspire conversations about the future of humanity and technology.

Our MISSION is to build better technologies tomorrow by starting with new principles today.
Whether you are building a new technology in a start-up or introducing a new system into your organisation, we can help. We want to cultivate a community of human-friendly technologists, products and services. We'd love to have you along on the journey!

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Martello Change Consulting
MARTELLO CHANGE CONSULTING
September 01, 2018
Martello Change Consulting is a niche management consulting practice that specialises in providing expert change management, transformation, and project delivery services.

We bring a collaborative, flexible and hands-on approach that will maximise the return on investment from your change initiative while ensuring we build your existing team’s capability.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Change Management, Project Management

13 Infographics
Humology Design Framework
LinkedIn
October 14, 2022
The Humology design framework acts as a guide to the thoughtful and considered design and implementation of technology.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Humology 5I's Model
LinkedIn
September 25, 2022
The Humology 5 I's model helps us understand what motivates human behaviour and provides a framework for designing and implementing tech products that accommodate common psychological traits, rather than exploiting them.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Benefits Management
LinkedIn
September 22, 2022
10 questions to ask to ensure that you are managing benefits effectively on your project.

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The SCARF Model
LinkedIn
April 26, 2022
David Rock developed the SCARF model in 2008 to help us understand how we behave in social situations, which includes the workplace. The SCARF elements represent the five key domains that influence our behaviour in these situations. SCARF is based on the idea that these domains trigger the same fundamental threat and reward response that humans have always relied upon for our physical survival. We move towards Reward and move away from Threat.
It is a useful model to use when trying to understand your stakeholders’ response to a change.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

Project Risks
LinkedIn
January 09, 2022
8 Items you should record for every risk you identify on your projects.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Getting Ready for AI
LinkedIn
February 08, 2021
46% of CEOs believe that AI will have a larger impact on society than the internet revolution, according to a PwC survey. It is vital that every leader puts a plan in place to prepare for this.

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Change Managers & Project Managers
LinkedIn
January 08, 2021
Change managers and project managers regularly have to work side by side to deliver a project or achieve a successful transformation.
They have complementary skill-sets and when we recognise, appreciate, and leverage these different skill-sets both can add more value for their clients.

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Artificial Intelligence & Change Management
LinkedIn
January 03, 2021
OCM is well placed to assist organisations preparing for AI, which can be defined as machines acting in a way that mimics human cognition to solve problems.
So, why is AI so important and what impact will it have on Change Managers?

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Digital Transformation

Change Champions
LinkedIn
January 10, 2020
What are Change Champions?
What do they do & how can they benefit your project?
What do you need to consider when selecting & supporting them?

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Tags: Change Management, Digital Transformation, Leadership

Sponsorship
LinkedIn
December 31, 1969
The role of change sponsor is often misunderstood, both by those who support the sponsor and by those who take on the mantle of sponsor.

Here’s Five Top Tips For Those Stepping Into The Role.

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The Change Formula
LinkedIn
December 31, 1969
The Beckhard-Harris Change Formula ​states that for any change to be successful the factors A, B & D must outweigh the perceived cost of the change (X). ​
You can use it to structure a great conversation with your sponsor or project team. You can start with the questions in the cards below.
Can you articulate all five elements for your change?

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

Project Management & Artificial Intelligence
LinkedIn
December 31, 1969
10 Impacts that Artificial Intelligence will have on the Project Management profession.

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Change Management & Behavioural Economics
LinkedIn
December 31, 1969
Behavioural economics combines economic and psychological principles for understanding how people behave. Change managers can leverage behavioural economic principles to increase success rates when making significant changes in organisations.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

1 Media Interview
Mindset Michele TV show
LinkedIn
June 02, 2022
I had such a great time chatting to Michele earlier today on her Mindset Michele TV show.
We covered everything from change management to the importance of putting humans back at the heart of technology.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

1 Panel
Inviting Serendipity
Ireland Together
September 07, 2022
My co-author and I discussed how we began a conversation on Slack in 2020 that led to publishing a book together. We discussed how this online conversation evolved into a book and a business venture for two strangers.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

2 Speaking Engagements
Behavioural Science Club : Humology
Behavioural Science Club
October 29, 2022
"Technology doesn't have to disrupt."
This is the premise from where Joanne Griffin & Declan Foster start their latest book, Humology - Putting Humans Back at the Heart of Technology.

The key themes the book tackles:
1. The capacity challenge
2. Disruption & change
3. Designing for humans
4. Humans through the five I's - Humans are Impatient, Inattentive, Irrational, Impressionable, and suffer from Inertia
5. Ethics above metrics
6. And finally, the Humology approach.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Ethics in AI and Data Science
CCT College
December 31, 1969
It was a privilege to present a talk on Bias and Ethics in AI and Data Science to a group of Data Analytics students at CCT College, Dublin. We had a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from psychological safety, the Trolley Problem, surveillance capitalism to that Oscar's slap.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

1 Video
Humology - How to Put Humans Back at the Heart of Technology
LinkedIn
September 01, 2022
This is a short promotional video that I created for the launch of my new book.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

2 Webinars
Artificial Intelligence in Project Management
Project Management Institute
October 20, 2022
I presented a session on the impact of artificial intelligence on the project management profession for the Project Management Institute.
Attendees learned about the impacts that AI will have on the project management profession and the impacts on how projects will be delivered in the coming years. The session was also of interest to anyone who wants to understand AI and machine learning in simple terms.

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Book Launch for Humology: How to Put Humans Back at the Heart of Technology
LinkedIn
September 09, 2022
The book is a call-to-action to build tools that minimise the disruption to humanity without impeding technological progress. Whether you are building a new technology in a start-up or introducing a new technology in your organisation, Humology can help.

This book will show you how to: 

Build technology solutions that address real needs 
Design products that work in harmony with human psychology 
Minimise disruption and increase adoption 
Discover your purpose, and be grounded in ethics

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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

Radar

2 Technologies
Impact of AI on the Change Management Profession

Date : September 22, 2022

On one level we can view the introduction of AI as a technology project and therefore the Change Manager will need to conduct the typical activities including impact and stakeholder assessments, developing a communications strategy and plan and evaluating change readiness. In addition, the Change Manager will need to assist with the broader culture change piece including education and understanding about AI in general, including addressing the concerns about bias and fairness in ML algorithms.

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Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Project Management Profession

Date : September 11, 2022

The project management profession is at an inflection point due to the challenges and opportunities that the rapid progress in AI technologies presents. The abundance of big data, developments in computer technology, and algorithms have led to giant leaps in AI technology adoption in recent years.

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1 Risk Factor
Algorithms

Date : September 11, 2022

Algorithms can perform many of the tasks that a PM would normally do. For example, regression algorithms can be developed and deployed to predict the cost of completing a particular task or to estimate expected delays.
Therefore, there will be an increasing emphasis on soft skill development, e.g., teamwork and coaching, for project
managers as AI is assigned tasks that can be automated.

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Submission Date: September 11th, 2022     Service Type: Service Offered

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