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Declan Foster

Founder at Martello Change Consulting

Dublin, Ireland

I am 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

Declan Foster Points
Academic 0
Author 28
Influencer 11
Speaker 3
Entrepreneur 20
Total 62

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Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Theatre: Europe

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.15
Change Management 32.04
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.28
Edtech
Emerging Technology 30.05
ERP
HR 30.48
Leadership 30.37
Project Management 38.67
Startups 30.11
Future of Work 30.52
Analytics

Industry Experience

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

Publications

9 Article/Blogs
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 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

1 Founder
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

9 Infographics
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

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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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

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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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

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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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Project Management

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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Tags: AI, Change Management, Project Management

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 Speaking Engagement
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

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