When we’re hardwired to spot our weaknesses and look at the negative, what difference can it make to focus on positivity and strengths instead? Kirstan Marnane, former Senior Organization Expert at McKinsey, now a Senior Advisor to the firm, as well as Managing Director of Marnane Consulting and Meyler Campbell Faculty member, believes it can take you from good to great.
As a highly experienced and intuitive coach, Kirstan has lots of arrows in her coaching quiver, applying her instinct to use what is most needed in the moment. Yet her underlying philosophy is inspired by positive psychology and appreciative inquiry and she frequently uses a strengths-based framework to help her clients find multiple pathways to their goals. Fundamental to Kirstan’s coaching work is supporting people in recognising their strengths and passions, often through stories of their successful past experiences. She helps her clients claim their unique capabilities as a platform for the pursuit of their visions.
Kirstan Marnane spent over 16 years at McKinsey & Company where she worked directly with many CEOs and their top teams on issues including team alignment, post-merger management, performance improvement, talent management, and cultural change. As a Senior Advisor to the firm, she continues to lead McKinsey's flagship Remarkable Women Program, dedicated to unleashing leadership skills in women executives. Born in France, Kirstan grew up in the US and then lived in China for six years. She credits this as a formative time for her future coaching work because it was here she realised that you don’t know what people will say before they say it and experienced the importance of letting people come to their own conclusions. Continuing her international lifestyle, Kirstan lives in London but is a frequent visitor to the US and relishes spending time in her cottage in Ireland.