“A day in the life of” Breda McCague, An ex-Army Officer, Co-Founder of Lean-In Ireland, a Transformation Specialist, a Motivational Speaker and being part of a Rock Band makes this lady quite a fun interesting mix.

Bank of Ireland Women in Business Lunch, 'Embracing Change', at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Pictured is Breda McCague Bank of Ireland. Picture Colm Mahady / Fennell Photography 2017

Having worked in Global Financial Services for 20 years, Breda integrates her passion for Emotional Intelligence and Diversity & Inclusion alongside her corporate career.

Q 1- How does your normal day begin? 

Erm – Slowly! I am brought alive only by hot tea.

After replying to any fresh emails or DM’s, I then find some inspiring quotes to come around to.  I top and tail every day with quotes! My brain loves them.

Q 2- What are your biggest daily challenges?

There are not enough hours in the day, I believe in maximising every minute of my day and I get frustrated when I can’t get to all the things that excite me.

Q3- What do you love most about your job? 

I love inspiring people. Whether that’s on a call about transformation, driving careers or coaching. I also love getting to innovate, brainstorm and improve on existing concepts.

Q 4- What do you do to relax? 

I scroll for new thought concepts.  I am a bit of a Duracell bunny so to release the tension I get active, make a fun TikTok, dance, go running, or do some keep fit.

Q 5-Favourite staycation destination in Ireland and why? 

I am a city lover so my favourite has to be Dublin.  I have a choice of beaches to run on, lots of choice in restaurants and bars (usually) and I actually like the Dubs!

Q 6-Favourite holiday destination worldwide? 

Spain, because I work so hard I play hard to stay balanced.  I can be on a beach within a few hours of leaving Dublin and there is usually plenty of nightlife for this energy bunny.

Q 7-Favourite Business motto? 

‘If it’s not broke don’t fix it’ because unfortunately, I have seen many reasonable processes demolished and replaced with something more cumbersome long term in large organisations.

Q 8. Advice for young business entrepreneurs 

There is no such thing as failure, there is only learning. Learn the lessons the first time though.