I had a coffee recently.   Nothing very surprising about that.  I love coffee and am probably addicted to it.   But there were two things different about this coffee:   1 : It was in a lovely location – Kilkenny’s Design Centre. 2 : It was face-to-face with a client.   He kindly [...]

  There I was recently listening to the lunchtime news while enjoying a cheese, salami & coleslaw sandwich.  Probably hundreds of calories and utterly delicious.   Anyway, the news report was yet another report on obesity.  To be honest the topic typically bores me but this report did catch my attention.   They were criticising [...]

Learning (hopefully) never stops

  Recently I did a survey on a primary school’s music programme.   Well it was actually 3 distinct questionnaires – one for the pupils, a second for the teachers and a third for the parents.   Now if you’re like most readers of my blog then you’re an entrepreneur – working to drive your [...]

Can you see inside your own business?

  2 kids are playing.   They’ve a long piece of wood and a pin.   They take turns putting an end of the piece of wood to their ear while the other kid scratches the other end of the piece of wood with a pin.  The sound of the pin scratching one end is [...]

  So which came first – the chicken or the egg?   It’s a brilliant question – destined to cause creased foreheads and even headaches if someone tries to figure it out.  I’ve an answer for you.  But first I want to tell you about another chicken and egg scenario.   China recently announced that [...]

Do many hands make light work?

  Is it true?   Do many hands make light work?  Or do too many cooks spoil the broth?   Maybe your answer will depend on your individual inclination.  It’s perhaps similar to how some people subscribe to “fortune favours the brave” in contrast to others who think it best to “look before you leap”. [...]

An impressive upward spiral

  Have you heard of Mount Juliet?   It’s a golf course here in Kilkenny.  And I’ve been there a number of times – never to play golf – but to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.   Back in August  I was on my way there to meet my accountant for a cuppa.  I thought I [...]

You reap what you sow

  Last year I made a mistake.   I left it until mid-June to plant my sweet-pea – my favourite flower.   That was too late. All I could do was to give them lots of water, stem-support and slug pellets – and then hope for the best. Thankfully I still got a reasonable crop. [...]

  Get rid of a customer and boost your profit?   “How the hell can that work” you’re wondering?   “And this is coming from Brendan who’s always harping on about focussing on customers.”   No – I haven’t gone crazy.   And no – neither am I contradicting myself.   Let me illustrate with [...]

When you just have too much to do…

  One Friday morning at the end of January I was talking to a friend who’s a business owner – and who was feeling overwhelmed.   He was overwhelmed to such an extent that he wasn’t really looking forward to the approaching weekend.   All the work that needed to be done just felt like a [...]

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