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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
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 …
Sugar was a household name in the UK for decades before The Apprentice. First as the upstart 36-year-old boss of Amstrad who became a millionaire overnight when he floated Amstrad in 1983. Next as the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for a fiery 10-year period. His autobiography, aptly titled What you see is what you get, makes no attempt to portray himself in a positive light. He makes no attempt to tone down his strident views on the competence of some of the individuals he has worked with. He makes no allowances for people who have screwed him or sued him. He tells it as it is – and it makes for an addictive and refreshing read.…
Are you treated like children?
You go to work and give everything you have – and you are treated like children who, if left unattended, will steal candy. You go to work and watch someone who isn’t very good at their job get promoted because they got in earlier and stayed later than anyone else. You go to work and sit through overlong, over-staffed meetings to talk about the next overlong, over-staffed meeting. You see talented, competent, productive people get penalised for having kids, for not being good at office politics, for being a little different.
Ditch the mindset
If any of this resonates with you, then you are by definition an employee – and the organisation you work for …
The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a disruptively better business, by Umair Haque
The clue to the message of this book is disruptive. Together with words like loose, maverick and funky, disruptive describes the need for new paradigms for a new world. In The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a disruptively better business, Umair Haque says that our economic institutions are obsolete. We inherited them from the industrial age, and they no longer work for business, people, society, or the future.
What we need is constructive capitalists who create higher quality value because it is less risky, less costly, more defensible, and more enduring, it is usually worth more to stakeholders of every kind: people, communities, society, future generations, …