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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
Well, maybe not the Blair you thought. Not Tony, but Eric Arthur Blair, aka George Orwell. And the leadership I refer to is the leadership displayed by the pig elite in Animal Farm. “Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility,” says management expert Squealer. He goes on to claim that the farm’s leader, Napoleon, “would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?” On another occasion, Squealer explains to the other animals why only the pigs are fed with apples and milk: “We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management …
Watch Gary Hamel make the case for reinventing management for the 21st century.
Hamel paints a vivid picture of what it means to build organizations that are fundamentally fit for the future—resilient, inventive, inspiring and accountable. “Modern” management is one of humanity’s most important inventions, Hamel argues. But it was developed more than a century ago to maximize standardization, specialization, hierarchy, control, and shareholder interests. While that model delivered an immense contribution to global prosperity, the values driving our most powerful institutions are fundamentally at odds with those of this age—zero-sum thinking, profit-obsession, power, conformance, control, hierarchy, and obedience don’t stand a chance against community, interdependence, freedom, flexibility, transparency, meritocracy, and self-determination. It’s time to radically rethink how we mobilize …
Build a better mousetrap and the world will take notice
Market innovation has long been dominated by the worldview of engineers and economists–build a better mousetrap and the world will take notice. The most influential strategy books–such as Competing for the Future, The Innovator’s Dilemma, and Blue Ocean Strategy–argue that innovation should focus on breakthrough functionality.
Archetype of working class
In another era, Marlboro cigarettes won over smokers with an archetype of working class frontier masculinity, at a moment when the culture was primed to rebel against the sedentary “organisation man” type that was wearing thin.
Cultural innovations draw upon source material–novel cultural content lurking in subcultures, social movements, and the media–to develop brands that respond to this …
“What technology wants” by Kevin Kelly describes what he calls the technetium, which is the technology ecosystem that surrounds us. The technetium contains 170 quadrillions (a quadrillion is one thousand million million) chips. The number of neurons in your brain is similar to the number of transistors in the global network. The number of file links is similar to the number of synapses in your brain. The planetary electronic membrane surrounding the worlds is comparable to the complexity of the human brain. With 3 billion artificial eyes (webcams, phones, etc.) plugged in. The system has started to whisper to itself. He suggest we are close to this big brain becoming aware (Skynet!?).
What is more complex, a Boeing 747 …
GALBRAITH: THE MAN WHO WARNED US ABOUT NEW FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith is probably best known for his The Affluent Society (in which he coined the phrase: conventional wisdom), and The New Industrial State. He was an unconventional economist in that he believed that economic activity could not be distilled into inviolable laws, but rather was a complex product of the cultural and political milieu in which it occurs. During the pro-market, small-government, anti-regulation and low-tax orthodoxies of the 1980s, Galbraith’s views were considered anachronistic, but as markets were seen to be increasingly unstable at the end of the 20th century and start of the 21st century, his theories regained some of their popularity.
His 1954 bestseller, The …