Project Description

Motivation: A key to organisational success

2018 is a year of possibilities and if we are to be successful in business we will do best if we imagine success. In a study it was shown that 70% of business success is dependent on attitude while just 30% is based on skills and knowledge. I was CEO/chairman of Ireland West Airport Knock for 11 years (2002-2013) when those who worked there transformed it into a modern international facility, growing flights from 3 to 27, increasing turnover from €2m to €14m, growing passenger numbers from under 200,000 to 700,000 and managing to invest €30m to make it a safe, reliable, attractive and efficient airport.

When, asked to speak about the airport I would often jokingly say that “Knock is state of mind not a place.” I was referring to motivation,  attitudes of “never say die”, of courage, can do, hard work, new thinking, humour and so many other qualities already imbued in people around the airport and which I adopted as tools in our success.

To understand an airport business like Knock means recognising why it was built in the first place, its original Monseignor Horan vision as a flagship for a can-do self-help ethos from the West of Ireland.

Of course success is also down to a sophisticated level of knowledge and skills focussed on delivering every year a more ambitious business plan.  However in the case of Knock attitude trumped everything.  The positive attitude internally was echoed by the 100s of thousands of passengers and organisations of state and community were re-inspired by the “never say die” airport.

So in 2018 make sure you put attitude first in every endeavour.

“Since being appointed Chief Executive, Scollan has made an enormous contribution to Western Development, bringing it to the very forefront of the political agenda”
Chairman during my time as CEO, WDC
“I wish to record my appreciation for the work you have done and the leadership and inspiration given to many of us in regard to developing the West”
Frank Dawson, Director of Community and Enterprise
Liam, you have done Trojan work for the airport and the region over the years and I hope you are rightly proud of your achievements.
CEO, Allergan Pharmaceuticals
I can honestly say that Knock has grown significantly during your time in office…. when many other regional airport have closed, it is good to see Knock going from strength to strength
Eamon O Cuiv, TD
“The results achieved by the airport in terms of passenger numbers and connections to the West have been phenomenal. You can be proud of all that you have achieved”
Leo Varadkar , TD - Former Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Knock Airport grew rapidly in the years after Liam Scollan’s appointment and the entire facility was utterly transformed. At times the pace of change seemed mesmerising and there seemed to be barely a week when the airport was not making some positive announcement.
James Laffey, Editor Western People
“You can look back on the last ten years with considerable pride in a remarkable achievement of overcoming all the odds in maintaining the viability of a provincial airport in rural Ireland.”
Michael Cawley, Former Deputy Chief Executive, Ryanair
“I must thank you for your contribution towards bringing the organic sector to a larger audience. The Commission must indeed be congratulated on having the vision to allow a Blueprint document on the organic sector to be written. Your commitment to the organic sector no doubt contributed.”
Noreen Gibney, Former Operations/Certification Manager Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association
“Scollan in re-energised in his commitment to the West.” Read “Digging furrows for future” The Mayo News
The Mayo News
Liam provided strategic guidance and management advice to Western Forestry Co-op. His professional integrity and diligent work ethic were to be admired. In particular I admire his dedication to sustainable development and rural issues, working with a co-operative organisation was second nature to him. He is an asset to any organisation and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Marina Conway, Chief Executive, Western Forestry Co-op
I hired Liam Scollan to plan the development of a World Centre for Yeats in in 2014/15. His vision for this major arts and tourism project was outstanding. He was excellent in enabling many different interests from business to arts and public sector to work together. I found him easy to work with and recommend him highly to any group who have ambition to get a major project off the ground.
Tom Daly, Businessman
Liam Scollan has served on the Board of the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre since 2014 in a voluntary capacity.
In that time Liam’s integrity and presence to the organisation has been exceptional. His sensitivity, support and commitment to the very difficult work of the organisation has made him invaluable as a board member. His willingness to be educated about the issues which a Rape Crisis Centre deals with on a daily basis is to be commended. Liam brought a wealth of experience and insight from other roles he has had in community which has been very beneficial for our organisation.
Having Liam as a Board member has strengthened the voice and credibility of Mayo Rape Crisis Centre. On a very personal level, Liam has also been a fantastic support and resource for me in my role as Director of Services.
Loretta Brosnan McDonagh, Director of Services, Mayo Rape Crisis Centre