My name is Pat Culhane. I work as learning & development officer in sport and am 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; i.e., being motivated to, what is perceived as, competing for material gain and to win. I also believe that deeper, more meaningful success stems from having peace of mind from knowing that you are doing your best to be & 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 as a 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.
To help other Doctoral students to cope this rewarding, yet often isolating, pursuit, I have published articles via international platforms such as the Times Higher Education and Business and Finance Quarterly Review. I have also published related articles and podcasts, using #ProfDockers as the golden thread.
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.