From the time of the Industrial Revolution, the key resource to harness in an organisation was the worker's hands - success was all about hands. This largely continued as the mainstream driver of performance until shortly after World War Two when it was realised that with every pair of hands came a free brain in which there were valuable insights. For over fifty years the importance of engaging the intellect of the organisation and it's people has been critical to success - hands follow head.
Over more recent years the importance of aligning an individual's goals and abilities with that of the organisation has emerged as a critical driver of sustainable success. This approach is evident in successful companies such as Google and Apple and is forecast to become a crucial differentiator for the successful organisations of the future - hands follow head and heart.
In Grant Thornton, some of the ways in which we have expressed our heart have been through excellence, ambition, independent thinking, education and community. Through our focus on education, working with our partners in NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship), TAP (Trinity Access Program) and the Dublin City University Access Program, we continue to make a positive impact on our community. Each year we positively impact over eighty lives through these initiatives. In addition there are numerous other initiatives we support both financially and with our time.
This year we are especially proud that one of our first graduates and interns from the TAP/GT partnership is currently on a two month secondment to Grant Thornton Germany, having successfully completed her undergraduate degree in Trinity. In addition, the TAP/GT partnership will be show-cased at the GTI global conference next month in Montreal as part of the global CSR initiative.
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