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Kissing While Driving

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
Albert Einstein. I was recently re-looking at an interview I did on Ireland’s national television station, RTE, about productivity and using your time better. I remember laughing at myself afterwards, as I spent about

Thought Provoking Lessons In Business And Life

Last Friday (23rd January) I was facilitating my annual planning workshop, BluePrint in the Glenview Hotel, Wicklow. As usual the event attracted a diverse mix of people and I’m always interested to see who comes.
For this particular workshop it turned out that everyone in the room was working for themselves

Useful PR Tips For Anyone In Business

Before I was exposed to the real value of PR, I used to think of it as something ‘intangible’. What I’ve discovered is that when it’s done right, it has immense value. Yet many in business are not always clear about what to do to get the right result

The Problem – Opportunity Choice

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are problems and there are opportunities.

Life and business has endless problems and endless opportunities.

Should I Bother Setting Goals This Year?

“I need the article within the next hour”.
The call was from my PR advisor Valerie. She’d asked me to prepare an article for a paper and the goal-posts had just shifted.
The journalist was going on holidays the following week and he wanted it ahead of time. He wanted it today. He wanted it in an hour!

Sunday Times Article

Below is the content of an article in The Sunday Times on Sunday 26th October 2014, featuring myself and a client, Morgan Browne from Intelligent Information Systems. ————————————————————————- More than a half-time team talk Coaches provide important advice and new focus for the bosses of SMEs After a year of deal-making and negotiation, Morgan Browne…

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Gets A Hold Of My Book, ‘Inspire Me’

When my brother Mark asked me for a signed copy of my book, Inspire Me, to give to Enda Kenny on his visit to their business, I half-thought it would be with a few other gifts.  Little did I realise it was the only gift!  And that he even managed to read some it!  Product…

To CC me OR not to CC me…

“To CC me or not to CC me, that is the question. The answer is to NOT cc me.”  – Shane Cradock How much time do you spend daily reading emails? The bigger the team, the more time is wasted reading completely irrelevant emails… It’s hard enough trying to stay on top of your emails…

How much value are you adding?

 “Do your job and demand your compensation… but in that order.” ~ Cary Grant (British-American film and stage actor) Some people won’t like me writing this. Having spent over 14 years working directly with business owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives one observation has been that most people demand more compensation than the value they’re giving….

A Lesson From Gone With The Wind

“One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” – Sydney Howard Syndey Howard was an Amercian playwright and screenwriter. He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1925 and a posthumous Oscar for the screenplay for the movie Gone With The Wind. His quote above I…