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Ron helps build businesses. He has worked all over Europe and the USA with a variety of clients. He is the author of many entrepreneurship and strategy focused books. He is a regular contributor on Newstalk radio, a regular public speaker on innovation, strategy, future trends and entrepreneurship and his articles are featured in the media in Ireland and the UK.
He is founder of BookBuzz, StrategyCrowd and Small Business Can. He is the entrepreneur-in-residence for Sustainable Nation, and the Irish lead for the Climate-KIC Climatelaunchpad, the largest green business idea competition in the world.
"I had the joy of working with Ron while he was involved with Invent, the innovation centre in Dublin City University. If you want someone who is going to help you and your business achieve great things, then Ron is your man. He has the capacity and ability to wade through the mud to help you find those diamonds that will help you transform your business ..."
M.A. FMII Grad.
"I had a mentoring session with Ron for my startup business a few months ago through www.smallbusinesscan.com and Ulster Bank. Ron was quickly able to identify areas for growth and gave me valuable advice that I was able to implement right away. I would have no hesitation in recommending a mentoring session with him. It was of huge value ..."
Sales and Marketing Manager at Costa Systems
"The word STRATEGY is bandied about by many who do not have a basic understanding of its concepts - Ron however, is one of the most clear minded strategic thinkers I have ever dealt with - knowledgeable, professional, pleasant and pragmatic. You would be hard pressed to find a better advisor for your business activity ..."
"Ron is a visionary. He is a truly insightful guy. At JPR, we have worked closely with Ron on a range of projects for Small Business Can, including media partnerships with the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Business Post, and on the Start-Up Live and Business Live events series. Ron's articles and columns for the media partners always find ..."
Chartered PR Professional / Director at JComms
From the Blog
At our next Climate-KIC masterclass, “Fearless entrepreneurship” in Trinity College Dublin, Barry O’Reilly will be speaking about “Unlearning”. It dovetails lovely with the theme, which is less planning and more doing. In our view, it always begins and ends with numbers and a 100-day plan.
But without the right mindset, that is not going to work. What got you here, won’t get you there. Highly effective leaders are constantly searching for inspiration and for new ideas. But before any real breakthroughs can happen, we need to step away from the old models, mindsets, and behaviours that are limiting our potential and current performance.
The way to think differently is to act differently. You must unlearn …
Increasingly, I have come to the conclusion that unless you really know what you are doing, startups are a mug’s game. Why risk everything on a 10% chance of success? You are better off buying an existing business with clients, cash flow, distribution channels and infrastructure and become an acquisition entrepreneur.
What is your number
I have the pleasure of knowing Eelco Smit, the number one exit coach and author of “The Not So Secret Rules to the Game of Life”. At the tibor.nl Mankracht retreats he talks about the lack of happy exits. According to Eelco, only 5% make a happy exit. That is very low if you consider all the hard work you are putting in …
I have been working on my book “Future focussed entrepreneurship” for quite a while now, and since my last Mankracht retreat with tibor.nl, I have come to the conclusion that preparing for the future always ends and begins with a 100-day plan. You need a point on the horizon, but you will never get there without the 100-day plans.
The structure we apply in the retreats is 10 years, 1000 days, 1 year, 100 days. Everything with numbers. The 10-year founders dream with numbers (the aspirational break-even), the 3-year vision with a number, the one year target with a number and the 100 days with one priority, number and specific actions on how to get to that number.…
The military is the only profession that teaches leadership under extreme circumstances. And they have been teaching that for thousands of years. Which is why have started to read up on leadership practices in the military and in particular the special forces. Can you lead when you are being shot at? Can you lead when every decision you make could mean life or death?
Leadership is physical and mental
What you immediately find is that the main focus of the way the military train is nothing technical, but mostly physical and mental. Focussing on consistency, resilience, mindset, toughness, fitness, resistance, humility, focus and coherence. Discipline in body, mind and spirit.
Discipline as a way of life
And maybe we should …
There is a lot of asymmetry in managing innovation and transformation. You need the loonshots to ensure the future (read “Loonshots“), but you also need to keep the day to day routine of making money while one of the loonshots pay off. Managing both streams in the business is difficult. And there is no quick fix.
“Zone to win” suggests you have to manage three time-horizons. “The day after tomorrow” suggests you should manage it as solid, fluid and superfluid and “Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future” suggest you manage two streams transformation A and transformation B.
Winter is coming
The argument is that it not only …