Gartner Expert

Rob O'Donohue

Sr Director Analyst

Rob O'Donohue is a Senior Director, Analyst in Gartner's Executive Leadership Research Group focusing on Leadership, Culture, Talent, and DEI.

Here, he advises Executives on Future of Work topics, hybrid work design, culture change, solving talent challenges, advancing leadership effectiveness, how to create of high performing teams, and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.

Rob creates evidence-based actionable research to empower Executive Leaders lead more effectively.

Rob is the research lead on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Executive Leaders.

Rob also runs workshops and client briefings covering Future of Work concepts, overcoming talent challenges, culture, leadership, how to avoid common DEI mistakes, and coaching effectiveness.

Rob holds is a certified Executive Coaching with the ICF and uses his experience to help leaders think differently.

Previous experience

Rob brings over 22 years' experience to Gartner and has held senior IT leadership positions in large multinationals in the Financial and Tech industries.

He's most recently held Director positions at Dell & EMC focusing on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Strategy, IT Transformation, Business Operations, and successfully built & lead several PMO iterations over the last number of years. He's held a voluntary Communications Director role for the PMI Ireland Chapter.

In parallel, he's been coaching leaders & high performing teams for the last decade.

He's lectured on Emotional Intelligence for Leaders at the Irish Management Institute and has a passion for helping individuals and teams get clear on their purpose and then create a plan and actions to achieve it.

Rob is hugely passionate about and committed to helping others improve and grow and created a self-improvement platform and podcast focused on this, called 1% Better, in 2017. To date, he's interviewed 100's of leaders from all professions, sharing their inspirational stories to help others learn, take action and improve.

Professional background

Dell

Director for Leadership & PMO

EMC

Director of PMO, Strategy, Business Operations

Capmark

Infrastructure Manager

Areas of coverage

Midsize Enterprise IT Leadership

CIO Leadership of Technology Talent, Culture and DEI

Gartner Research Board for Global CIOs

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Executive Leadership: Talent

Education

Rob is a qualified Executive Coaching and holds an ACC with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

BSc in Information Technology with NUI, Galway.

Diploma in Data Business with IMI/UCC.

Rob holds PMP with PMI, is a qualified ITILv3 Expert.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Future of Work Challenges - Culture, Hybrid Work, & Talent

2How to Develop and Coach Leadership Emotional Intelligence Skills in Individuals and Teams

3How to Build Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs in IT (special focus on Neurodiversity)

4Improve Employee Engagement and Motivation in a Hybrid Organization

5Diagnose and Solve Talent Challenges