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Welcome

July 8, 2013 0 Comments

The change I encourage is to repair and restore your own sense of self and to bring those lessons and habits into an effort to repair and restore your world. Whatever attracted you to this blog and my work, you are very welcome. I hope it serves as an inspiration or impetus on your personal […]

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Changing the world by being ourselves…

August 29, 2016 0 Comments

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself…” Leo Tolstoy Just last Wednesday I delivered a talk to the Tangible Ireland Ambassador Summer School 2016. The subject, as always, was my frustration with hearing “What would you be moving to this feckin country for?” Yesterday the New York Times offered this opinion […]

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Do something! Complacency is failing us…

August 28, 2016 0 Comments

As the brilliant documentary “Older than the Ireland” so vividly illustrated, 100 years is not a long time. It does, however, highlight how action taken today can significantly impact the Ireland of 3016. I for one think we need to seriously adjust the trajectory. Heartened and inspired by the leadership evidenced in the stories shared at […]

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On Education, testing not required…

August 15, 2016 0 Comments

…or even relevant. The links provided will offer a view into what system changes are succeeding elsewhere. The video below says it all. Let’s get out of their way, stop lecturing and test less. Let’s motivate and challenge our young people to show us what they can do! In Ireland, both in the Republic and […]

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On…Continuing Education

August 4, 2016 0 Comments

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”  So goes the very powerful fundraising campaign launched by United Negro College Fund in 1972. It’s one of the most enduring tag-lines Madison Avenue has brought the world. It endures because the sentiment is universal. Dust off the cobwebs, turn off the talking heads and find out what real […]

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Leadership, Tangible style

May 3, 2016 0 Comments

“Do as I say, not as I do!” …or not! When Tangible Ireland began in 2009, we were experiencing a lot of that kind of leadership in Ireland. Founder, Raymond Sexton believed that an emphasis on the positive was required. • What was going well? • Who were the people driving the success stories? • Did […]

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Possibilities, Practicalities & Performance

September 6, 2015 0 Comments

I’m pleased to be leading the team running #BizCampAND this Friday, 11. September. The theme of the day is “What it Takes”, and we’re delighted to have 21 speakers confirmed. We’re highlighting the possibilities we can imagine, practical skills we can acquire and how best to poise ourselves for peak performance. Possibilities Seven successful local entrepreneurs will share […]

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Forgiving and Moving on…

August 12, 2015 0 Comments

Not. Not now. For some, perhaps not ever. How much energy, creativity or progress is lost to us personally, professionally or civically, because we don’t choose to address  this? Post conflict is complicated, human nature is not. This wisdom is over 2500 years old. Clearly, our limitations haven’t eased in nearly 3 millennia.   Ironic that I was […]

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Culture Change and a “Prosperity Process”

August 11, 2015 0 Comments

Culture shock comes close to describing my experience as a second generation Irish-American in Ireland. I was frequently told that I needed to learn how to “act Irish”. Apparently this calls for a combination of politeness, passivity, not being direct, self-deprecation, an avoidance of self-promotion, and a tendency toward begrudgery. Any attempt to fall back on […]

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Pivotal or Peripheral?

July 22, 2015 0 Comments

Peripheral to two capitals that benefit from significant foreign direct investment, policies favouring support of 21st century technologies plus agencies committed to expanding markets, the NI/ROI border region is uniquely placed to focus on just three of these six key pillars. Human Capital, Supports and Culture Our task is to develop these to ensure we can fully participate. […]

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BizCamp is Back!

July 22, 2015 0 Comments

On behalf of Neo Ireland, I’m delighted to be coordinating #BizCampAND in Bangor on Friday, 11 September 2015! Initiated by Paula Ault at the Signal Centre of Business Excellence and supported by the Ards & North Down Council we’ll be gathering at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel Conference Centre all day. You can register to attend or pitch a talk here. Speakers will be determined […]

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