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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.

Learn more about Ron Immink and why he does what he does.

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Testimonials

Just some of the clients I have worked with. Read a full list of testimonials here.

"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 ..."

Camillus O'Brien
M.A. FMII Grad.
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"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 ..."

Jillian Morkan
Sales and Marketing Manager at Costa Systems
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"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 ..."

Peter Nolan
Writer
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"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 ..."

Chris Harrison
Chartered PR Professional / Director at JComms
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Books

From the Blog

Social capital and peer pressure as a business tool?

Social capital and peer pressure as a business tool?

Preparing for our weekly slot on Newstalk. Will be covering “Join the club” by Tina Rosenberg. The book is about how social pressure works and how “join the club” models can change behaviour. The book combines lost of examples (tackling AIDS, anti-smoking, teenagers, promoting math, micro lending, obesity, terrorism, etc.) with recent findings in social psychology, neuroscience, sociology, public health and lots of other fields. …

Do you want your mind blown?

Do you want your mind blown?

A client of ours wants a briefing on the latest business thinking in innovation. Now those are the assignments we love.

The thinking we will cover is from a wide range of books. “Physics of the future”, “What technology wants”, “Flash foresight”, “Future minds” and “Future files” about technology and the future, but will also cover “Engage”, “Loose”, “The starfish and the spider”, “Free”, “Killing giants”, “The long tail” and “Talent masters”, “Workplace 2020”, “Hacking work” and all books of Daniel Pink, Seth Godin and Ken Robinson.

What has transpired is brain candy that fascinating, scary, interesting, exciting and will give our client lots of food for thought. It does blow your mind!

A picture speaks a 1000 words so …

Transparency as a weapon

Transparency as a weapon

This is a blog I picked up today. Had to post it, as it follows so many of the books we have featured. Highlighted some of them in the post.

http://bhorowitz.com/2011/09/02/ridiculously-transparent/

This is a guest post by Scott Weiss, general partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

I had a real struggle preparing to be a public company CEO. And it had little to do with having scalable internal systems or making the quarterly numbers… I just couldn’t keep secrets from my employees.

As CEO of IronPort, I wanted to be completely transparent with my entire team but my board of seasoned industry veterans was sharply opposed… They raised several serious issues: do you want to leak critical weaknesses to your competitors? Do …

More mindblowing stuff

More mindblowing stuff

If you think our earlier blog about “The Shallows” (pancake minds, scatter brains and slow flow) is disturbing, you have seen nothing yet. Have a look at this;

http://fury.com/2010/02/jesse-shells-mindblowing-talk-on-the-future-of-games-dice-2010/

Is about gaming design as the future of marketing. Talks about Facebook, virtual money, psygology, cognitive dissonance, gaming busting into reality, authenticity, “pocket acception”, reward systems, sensors, disposable technology, REM advertising (yep, advertising in your sleep), tattoo advertising, point system apps, books (YES, books). Fascinating and a must see. Enjoy…

shallows

Your mind, Bookbuzz versus Google

The future of the mind

A while ago, I read “Future Minds” by Richard Watson, the author of one of my favourite books on future trends, “Future Files”. In this new book, he discusses the dangers of the internet, particularly for kids. Describing today’s youth as “screenagers,” he shows how constant exposure to social media has created a generation of scatter-brains who have no ability for retention or deep thought.

Disturbing

I found Watson’s thesis somewhat disturbing. Other books (such as “Fun Inc.” and “The kids are alright”) state the opposite – that computers (and computer games) are actually very good for kids. Video games help better problem-solving ability, better attitude to failure, all good stuff.

The Shallows

Then I …