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On NI, flags & the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of leadership…

May 27, 2017 0 Comments

Thank you to Alan Carson for suggestion my attendance and to Stephen Gough for organising “The State of the Union; Beyond 2021” event in East Belfast this week. The impression I left with was that we are all aching for great leadership. This is the first of two posts I will offer on my insights from […]

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Mother’s Day, Martin & Me

March 26, 2017 0 Comments

“If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life – without flinching or whining – the stronger the daughter.” Anita Diamont Mothering, all parenting […]

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Tangible Leadership

September 19, 2016 0 Comments

  Where we’ve been and where we’re going! In 2009, David Allen Ibsen published, “Leading your way out of the recession”. It was a recipe for what it would take to survive the global economic crisis. The ingredients included: • Self Confidence • A clearly articulated and broad vision • A willingness to be flexible […]

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On depression as a necessary winter before the spring…

September 5, 2016 0 Comments

Imagine if we, as a culture, could embrace depression. Imagine that in any life cycle there are, as in nature, seasons. Depression does not always have to be viewed as pathology. The industrial age introduced clocks, the digital age upped 9-5 to 24/7. We are not meant to operate outside of the natural order of […]

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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 2116. 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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Why Write? “…it is human nature to write”

August 5, 2016 0 Comments

So says Julia Cameron in her introduction to The Right to Write. We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes us directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and mediation, connecting us both […]

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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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Ireland 2.0 – America, try ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete’

March 17, 2015 0 Comments

Many of you post these images regularly – from the safety of your American homes. Please rethink them. I used to live there – now Ireland is my home. It has been since November 2008. It is not always safe here on the border. Our world is different than yours. I live and work between […]

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