Some things shouldn’t be messed with

  If you know me at all by now you’ll know that I’m regularly harping on about how we can all improve our businesses.  And one simple way of doing that is to use your alone time behind the wheel in some productive way.   Recently I was driving out of town to a meeting.  [...]

The daffodils are up

Our shed sits in a corner of our garden that gets a lot of sun.  And there’s a patch of earth beside it.  I was out yesterday morning getting some kindling for the fire from the shed and I just took a moment to look around.  Green shoots caught my attention – the daffodils are [...]

A lesson from Breaking Bad

We took out a Netflix subscription at home just before Christmas.  And my wife and I are now engrossed in Breaking Bad – we’re at the end of series 2.  (Don’t tell me anything that happens after that!)   It’s a real antidote to work and parenting – but there was a line in an [...]

Get better at it by doing more of it!

Happy New Year!   I’m not really one for making resolutions – but this year I’ve made one.  Let me tell you why.   I was out for a 5km run Monday 30th – working off some of the Christmas excesses.  I hadn’t weighed myself before deciding to go running – I just felt like [...]

We shouldn’t have lost to the All-Blacks

Sunday was a tough day for fans of Irish Rugby.   We came agonisingly close to beating the New Zealand All-Blacks – the best team in the world.  We’ve never beaten them since we first played them 108 years ago.  We had led for nearly the entire game and New Zealand came back to beat [...]

JFK – Tempus Fugit

Unless you’re from Mars you’ll know that JFK was assassinated 50 years ago today.   The day always resonates with me – for two reasons.   Firstly – he was the same age as my father – another John –  who was born just a few months before him in 1917.   Secondly – one [...]

Reversing around a corner

“Reversing around a corner”   The fearsome phrase is dreaded by many young Irish drivers who, as part of their driving test, are required to reverse around a corner without hitting the kerb, while keeping an eye out for other vehicles and while demonstrating familiarity with their blind spot.  Oh – and there’s the little [...]

You can’t (and shouldn’t) do it all

As I type this my son is in surgery.   It’s minor.   And his mother will be by his side when he wakes up.   But for now we’ve entrusted him to professionals.  It’s up to them to do their job now.  They’re far better at what they do than I would be if I [...]

No square pegs in round holes

Recently a prospective client – a large bar in an Irish town – was looking to raise finance from a bank.   They were planning to structurally change their premises significantly in an effort to make it more appealing to young people.   So they needed to submit a business plan to bolster their application. [...]

Now this is how to do it!

In last week’s blog I was talking about the importance of being available to your customers.   Well , surprise, surprise – today I’ve actually got a good news story to share with you on this topic.  It happened earlier this week when I called my electricity & gas supplier – the same company does [...]

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