My name is Pat Culhane. I am a Senior Project Manager (Sport Development) and a Doctor of Management candidate based in Dublin, Ireland.
I am committed to the idea that people can develop a growth mindset through vigorous effort, appropriate strategies and help from others for the betterment of not just society, but the the wider physical and spiritual world. In a respectful way, I challenge how many people interpret and value success today; a strong-held belief is that many are suffering from status anxiety, being extrinsically motivated to, what is perceived as, competing for material gain and to win. I also believe that deeper, more meaningful success stems from intrinsic motivation; it’s having peace of mind from knowing that you are doing your best to become the best you are capable of becoming – both as individuals and as groups/organisations and at nobody’s unnecessary expense.
I grew up in Limerick, Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s. Sport has always influenced my life – hurling, in particular. As an undergraduate student in Dundee, I became involved in the development of shinty and Gaelic games. After graduating from Abertay Univerity with a BSc Sport, Health and Exercise in 2005, I started working with the GAA as Regional Development Officer for Limerick city. There I provided support services to volunteers and players across a range communities through clubs and schools. In 2011, I was appointed GAA National Development Officer.
In my spare time, I am completing a Doctor of Management degree through Glasgow School of Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonoan University. My thesis research focusses on how people experience organisational paradoxes.
I am a recent Founder of the Professional Doctorate Society – a support network for Doctoral students, where they have an opportunity to share experiences about this rewarding, yet often isolating, pursuit. I have recently published articles on this topic via international platforms such as the Times Higher Education and Business and Finance Quarterly Review. With Co-Founders, Eileen O’Neil & Lesley Martin, I have published related articles and podcasts, using #ProfDockers as the golden thread.
See my CV / Résumé here.
Through my work, I embrace the principle of egalitarianism. I strive to recognise and respect the human rights of each child and each adult and encourage others to do the same. While I am supportive of people working towards bettering their standards of living, this should not be done at unnecessary ecological or environmental expense; this, unfortunately, is all too frequent.