Blog Posts

Blog Posts

Blog Posts

Playing the ball, not the man

It was pretty depressing stuff. Listening to one of our leading government ministers telling one of our leading broadcast journalists that the country was paying off its debts. This, as ISME members know, is simply untrue. Why any politician that
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Play the Lotto – for free!

Heads you win How much would you pay for a Lotto ticket that gave you a one in two chance to win €120,000? What if we changed the rules, and told you that you didn’t have to pay for your
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Read this and weep

I read an article in Fortune online yesterday that brought a tear to the eye. Writer Adam Lashinsky wrote about what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was doing with some of his many Microsoft millions of dollars. Ballmer said that
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A FEW GOOD MEN (AND WOMEN…)

Remember that US Navy court-room drama, A Few Good Men? The one where Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson competed to see who could eat the most scenery in 138 minutes? It concerned a Navy attorney, excessively prone to plea-bargains, who
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How to eat an elephant

Too big to be true Sometimes in business, as in life, a problem is so big it’s even hard to comprehend and therefore hard to tackle. But what if that ‘problem’ was a market so large in value terms that
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The unicorns are taking over the asylum

Rare as… In today’s world of investment, the 0.00001% of (mainly) tech companies that get a market valuation of over $1 billion are called unicorns. The recently floated, yet massively loss making, Snap (AKA Snapchat) was valued at an eye
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The year of living dangerously

28 February, 2017 You know how it goes in Ireland. The first sign of sunshine and the ‘Irish summer’ has begun. The first game one of our teams wins and the tournament is already in the bag. The late Bill
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Dermot Bannon Economics

Spend what you don’t have It’s part of his shtick on the RTE TV programme ‘Room to Improve’. John and Mary want an extension. They tell architect Dermot Bannon that their budget is €100,000. Bannon designs something that will cost
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One for the road

  A disaster waiting to happen ISME members prefer it that we keep it ‘strictly business’ and that we keep away from politics, particularly international politics. The media’s current obsession with ‘Trump Bad, All Others Good’, has meant that many
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HR GOALS for 2017

25th January, 2017 New Year, New Start! Four words you are nearly guaranteed to hear quoted throughout January.  As cliché as it sounds, however, the new year is a great time to begin your self-improvement practices.  While many resolutions focus
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