John Boyle refines his courses. From “mind technology” to “mindfulness.”
Commentary on this article and tracing the evolution of Boyle in the Quinn Empire.
Aine Coffey has been getting these interviews with Boyle but he keeps changing the script. Here is the THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW AINE COFFEY did for the Sunday Times January 30, 2011. Read through it to get his ideas clearly in your head.
A small extract:
Another wake-up call came in 2002, when he attended a two-week mind power seminar given by Tony Quinn, the controversial ‘lifestyle guru’, that “lit my light”. As far as “mind technology” goes, he is both believer and evangelist. “All his philosophy made sense to me. I would say it is the best thing I have ever done. The key thing I took out of it is your thoughts create your reality and if you have control of your mind, you can achieve that goal. “I always had this understanding there was a power inside of me taking care of me and looking after me and I could ask it for anything.”
Here is John Boyle on Tony Quinn’s web site:
It is this type of stuff that Boyle has been speaking about for the past decade and it is a bit strange to claim he has no connection to Quinn?
Following that interview there was a gap till we come to June 2012.
When he is confronted about the courses he denies there is any connection to Quinn thus:
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Here is our take on it:
BOYLESPORTS TO KEEP GURU OUT OF MIND
Aine Coffey Sunday Times Business January 20, 2013
BOYLESPORTS, the Dundalk based bookmaker led by John Boyle, has launched an overhaul of its training after controversy over compulsory “mindfulness” courses introduced last year.
Here you will note an attempt to deflect by using the term “mindfulness.” This is a clever attempt to change the compulsory “mind technology” into a mild mannered “mindfulness” course. These are very popular and have become part of the package from Yoga, Pilates and other forms of meditation. Tony Bates is a good example of this: http://www.institute-for-mindfulness.eu/faculty.html
Here as a means to deflect from the current controversy within his company. Boyle is taking the positivity associated with “mindfulness” to mask the actual literal reality which something he has stated over the past ten years namely go on an Educo seminar. We have had family members whose relative went to his private home and had these courses. They were not his own courses, but rather he was trying to recruit people for Quinn’s Educo courses. It is well known that himself and Imelda Farrell originally from Kildare and a strong presence in Cork for Quinn advocated them at that location. Finally John Boyle and Georgina Dolan were to be found in the Tony Quinn’s Dundalk shop so this belated distancing seems to be more to do with the effects of the bad PR resulting from forcing his staff to do Dolan’s particular type of course, not the kind of courses which are a requirement of every company where various skills are promoted to enhance the business.
The bookie has brought in an outside agency to review its training.
Some staff staff and executives have left and possibly this is a reality check more likely window dressing as we have have no evidence that he has publically distanced himself from Quinn.
Staff were told of the development in a letter from Boyle last Friday.
We have staff leaving comments all the time not one of them has mentioned that they received this letter. We would be grateful if anyone who received one scanned it for us and we will display it here.
The “mindfulness” courses sparked controversy in light of Boyle’s previous public endorsement of the “mind technology” ideas espoused by the controversial guru Tony Quinn, and because the course trainer had been linked to Quinn. “Mindfulness, like all training within the company is still a subject of review and that is why we have brought in Tom McCarthy,” the company said this weekend. “Mindfulness training served a particular purpose for the company at a particular time and it is not something that will be offered in future.”
The bottom line was that they were getting this “mind technology” training and it has nothing to do with “mindfulness,” but was enforced according to those who have contacted us.
Boyle also told staff in the letter that Boylesports, which is an unlimited company, had a profitable 2012 and expects a profitable 2013.
Businesses should be aware of the risk of uncapped liability for corporate debts which can arise through the use of unlimited companies. The inclusion of an unlimited company, particularly as a trading company, in any corporate group structure carries risks. The current economic climate and increased rate of corporate insolvencies have magnified these dangers.
In an unlimited company there is no upper limit on the personal liability of shareholders for the company’s debts upon the company’s insolvency. Although one might expect this type of company to be rare, 2% of all Irish companies are unlimited, and Ireland has more than twice as many unlimited companies as it has PLCs.
“Investment in our retail business will be ongoing and as we continue do our absolute best I am very confident we will be able again increase our overall employee numbers in 2013.”
Boylesports, which took over 32 that were previously part of Celtic Bookmakers and William Hill, has 1,200 employees and has been adding numbers.
A new company website will be rolled out in the coming months, Boyle’s letter said.
We have received confirmation from someone in Boylesports that the courses have now ceased. We are considering whether that original post with its extensive comments will be brought to an end. When we have reviewed the evidence we will close down the thread, but leave up the material as part of our archive.