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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
Control is an illusion
Most organisations delude themselves that they are in control because they have surrounded themselves with rigid rules and procedures, micro-managers and planners dedicated to predictability and certainty. Most business schools inculcate a rational approach to business. But according to Martin Thomas in “Loose: The Future of Business is Letting Go: How to Break the Rules of Business”, in the complex, non-linear world we live in, the challenge is how to embrace the chaos and ambiguity of modern life.
The future is loose
The future is not rigid but loose – loose organisations, loose management styles and loose ways of working. Loose thinking is still at odds with all but the most progressive organizations, with many businesses …
We had a Bookbuzz session with a client, using “The invisible gorilla”. The book about the illusion of knowledge, confidence, attention, memory, prediction, cause and effect, expertise and intuition. Basically, if you believe this book, we don’t know what we are doing. A scientific version of Emotionomics. Very interesting.
Stories and fact
About stories getting in the way of the scientific facts. It takes a long, long time to neutralise a good story. Which why social media and media, in general, is something you need to watch. PR companies should read this book. Spin works (particularly if you are the first).
Very heavy on science. About the illusion of women and multitasking (no scientific evidence), the existence of the …
To the surprise and amazement of multimillionaire Family Radio preacher Harold Camping, the world did not come to a dramatic end on May 21, 2011, at 6pm as predicted. Using biblical verses, hints and codes to determine the exact time and date of Judgment Day, Camping’s dire predictions generated a lot of media space in the days preceding May 21. And the fact that Camping had frequently miscalculated the date of Judgment Day in the past did not deter his followers from believing that this time his calculations were correct.
Prediction-debunker Dan Gardner
The person least surprised on earth by Camping’s failure to correctly predict the end of the world is prediction-debunker Dan Gardner, author of “Future Babble – why …
I am are a great believer in the power of the parable, the fable, the story, the case study. I use stories frequently in our talks, sessions and in our writing. When people hear an inspiring tale that they can visualise, it helps to remember the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned.
Fables and parables are hardly new
They have been an essential vehicle for imparting wisdom through the millennia. Today, they are becoming management tools. Howard Gardner, the author of “Changing Minds”, says that storytelling is the single most powerful tool in a leader’s toolkit.
Storytelling as a tool
Former World Bank executive turned author, Stephen Denning, agrees: “Storytelling is at the core of the significant …
One of our clients is using “New Normal”
This book is about the journey into the digital revolution and that we are only halfway there. Digital natives will take control (everybody over 25-30 is a digital immigrant). The author Peter Hinssen, who has since then has written some other excellent books, such as “The day after tomorrow” and “The network always wins“, has a grim view on IT departments in organisations.
He poses some interesting questions:Why is upgrading our corporate website cost 5 million and my nephew built a website for his school last weekend on open source? Why can’t I find anything in our state of the art document management system and why…