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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
Entrepreneurs are optimists
Entrepreneurs and owner-managers are resilient and optimistic by nature. They have too. If it isn’t currency exchange, airport strikes, SARS, new legislation, a change in VAT, flooding, it is Brexit, cybercrime, recession, talent retention, climate change and a 1000 other things that can and will go wrong.
Which is why it is always refreshing to have a conversation amongst CEOs, owner-managers and entrepreneur about the issue they are facing and more importantly, share the solutions, insights, tips, lessons and learning. No powerpoint allowed, no fluff, no-one trying to sell anything, a chat with fellow business people, who have the battle scars to prove it.
Constructive and practical. Previous events in Dublin and Cork have shown …
Self-awareness is everything
When you work with Tibor Olgers, you get the opportunity to work with lots of interesting people. On our latest Mankracht retreat, I had the pleasure of meeting Eelco Smit, the exit guru. The consigliere behind the scenes of some the major business deals in Holland. His key message; be self-aware.
I picked up a few other things from Eelco:Know your exit number Everything is a choice Stop bullshitting yourself and stop bullshitting others Find your zone of genius
The Not So Secret Rules to the Game of Life
He is also the author of “The Not So Secret Rules to the Game of Life | For People with the Guts to …
There is a war going on. The war for your mind through the use of social media. Media weapons can be more potent than atomic bombs. Learn how to command and manipulate opinions, and you are capable of reshaping the fabric of the world.
Future conflicts will be won not by physical forces but by the availability and manipulation of information. Cyberwar would be accompanied by something else: “netwar.” Means trying to disrupt, damage, or modify what a target population “knows” or thinks it knows about itself and the world around. A netwar may focus on public or elite opinion or both. It may involve public diplomacy measures, propaganda and psychological campaigns, political and cultural subversion, deception of or …
Good storytelling is important
1. The human brain was never equipped to operate in an information environment that moves at the speed of light. On the internet, virality is inseparable from reality.
2. When we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.
Narratives are the building blocks that explain both how humans see the world and how they exist in large groups. They provide the lens through which we perceive ourselves, others, and the environment around us.
They are the stories that bind the small to the large, connecting personal experience to some bigger notion of how the world works. The stronger a narrative is, the …
Eddy de Heij recommended “Blitzscaling, The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies”
Studying the exceptions and making it into a model?
After reading the first chapter, I send him an e-mail:
Just finished the first chapter. The book sets a lot of conditions:
* Access to risk capital from VCs with huge risk appetite * Acces to a talent pool * A business model with a network effect * Experienced management team * Already at considerable scale
That is a very small pool to fish in. Will reserve judgement until I finish the full book, but it smells like a book studying the exceptions in hindsight and making that into a “model”.
PS Have just finished ”…