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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
How good are you at communicating change?
It seems that many of us tend to overrate our communication prowess. 25% of people believe they are in the top 1% in their ability to get along with others. Now, anyone with a minimum of statistical knowledge knows that in a group of 100 people, only one can be in the top 1%. So how come 25 people delude themselves into believing that they are the person with the highest ability to get on with others?
This study is one of the gems in Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip and Dan Heath. The same brothers also wrote the best-selling Made to Stick, an exploration of …
Every now and then a book arrives that converges a lot of good books (such as Flash foresights, Business exposed, Future minds, New Normal, Poke the box mixed with authors such as Pink and Handy) and blows your mind.
The banking crisis is chicken feed
The general gist of “Out of our minds” is that the banking crisis is chicken feed compared to the looming education crisis. We are not preparing our kids for the new world, which need imagination, creativity and innovation, not commodity academics. He calls it the tyranny of common sense. He makes the case by referring to the technology trends that are currently underway. He talks about nano a nanometer is how much a beard grows …
At the height of the US recession, the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler shocked members of Congress and the American public when they used private jets to travel to Washington, D.C. for a hearing. The purpose of the trip was to ask for government assistance to help their companies get through the worst recession in U.S. history and the worst market for car sales in the history of their industry.
Behavior so inconsistent with what was described as a crisis is an example of how the automotive executives helped create the problem in which they have found themselves. According to Richard Lepsinger, if an organization can’t execute, nothing else matters—not the smartest strategy, not the most innovative business …
Jay Barney and Trish Gorman Clifford tackle the gap between business school theory and real world practice in What I Didn’t Learn in Business School – (How Strategy Works in the Real World). While the nuts and bolts of determining what customers a company will serve, which markets they will compete in, and how they will create value, are highly complex, traditional strategy tools taught in business school take little account of human interaction and political minefields. The authors approach the issue in a novel manner – literally.
This is a business novel, revolving around the hero Justin Campell, a recent MBA graduate engaged in helping a specialty chemicals firm define and execute a strategy for exploiting …
Dialogue is essential for execution (keep reading, the best bit is at the end of the blog)
Breaking long-term output into short-term targets
Your boss has asked you to drive from Chicago to Okaloosa, Iowa, a journey of 317 miles. He’s prepared a budget for you with clear metrics. You can spend no more than $16 on gas, you must arrive in 5 hours and 37 minutes, and you can’t drive over 60 miles per hour. But no one has a map with a route to Oskaloosa, and you don’t know whether you’ll run into a snowstorm on the way. Ludicrous, ask the authors? No more so than the way many companies translate their strategic plans into operations. The strategy …