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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 ..."
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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 ..."
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From the Blog
Cary Cooper, a CMI companion and professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster Management School, on the benefit of management books.
When was the last time you read a good book?
I was recently asked to be a judge on the Chartered Management Institute Management Book of the Year competition. Reviewing the various entries and discussing the worth of books to managers, I began to reflect on the value of management books in the digital age. Do managers even need them? Can they make a difference to how we manage? Does the web provide all the information and tools needed in this frenetic world?
From nearly 150 books reviewed in the competition, the winner was Henry Mintzberg’s Managing …
If you can remember, you are not a digital native, but a digital immigrant. And that might have serious consequences for your business. I have just finished reading two books on the impact of the digital revolution on our lives and our businesses. “Future Minds” and “The new normal.” I always assumed that digital is good for kids. A recent book, “The kids are alright” explains that gaming and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. It is part of this new “lean” start-up wave of thinking. Fail often and fail fast. Like in gaming, you try and try until you get to the next level. That is why I allow my kids to play Xbox.
Good news for the old folks…
I try to stay ahead or at least on top of the thinking on social media. Understanding the speed at which things change is important, and I make a point of reading up as much as I can.
“Socialnomics” and “The Mesh”
Over the last week, I read two books on the subject; “Socialnomics” and “The Mesh.” Also reviewed them for Newstalk on the business breakfast show. I got carried away and used the word “crap” (twice) and advised not to read them. I might have been wrong.
Social media is important
I think I did the subject of social media and its impact on business a disservice. Rather on focussing on how bad the two books are (if you …
“Hacking work” is about reinventing work. There are a lot of interesting books about work, the meaning of work, controlling your destiny and all that. Even the Dalai Lama wrote a book about happiness at work.
Are you happy at work?
Why is that important? There is a strong economic rationale behind being happy at work. Happy workers are 10-25% more effective (from “Emotionomics”).
I wrote earlier articles about the importance of happy workers from a social media and marketing perspective (read “Engage,” “Workplace 2020” or ‘Marketing 3.0”).
“Hacking work” is about organisations being out of control while trying to be in control. Corporate big brother. The problem is that Big Brother uses outdated systems that …
Vineet Nayar, the HCLT’s CEO, identifies the part of the organisation that creates value, the people who work for the customers. With the right support, these people can create much more value for customers, which mean the customers will create the business success that the organisation wants. Nayar- recounts how he defied the conventional wisdom that companies must put customers first, and then turned the hierarchical pyramid upside down by making management accountable to the employees, and not the other way around.
In a knowledge economy, knowledge is power, so each level of management jealously guards his or her knowledge because it appears to be the sole reason they hold that management position.What if you share your…