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Flashbacks at the filling station

I went up the street last week to pick up some milk at the filling station and suffered flashbacks. You see the petrol station I visited is just up the street from my office and it is one I developed when I bought if from my dad back in 1996. I spent the following ten […]

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My Content Marketing and Brand Building Strategy for 2020

It all starts with an idea or an observation. The observation could be a change in the law, a decided case in the WRC or civil courts, a social change, something I learned over the last 30 odd years in business, or an idea from a book I’m reading or listening to. Then I write […]

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Start With Why-Is Simon Sinek Mistaken?

Reading “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek at the moment and am struggling a little bit. I am only half way through and hope I can accept, or reconcile, the hypothesis put forward by Sinek. His proposition is that people do not buy what you do, they buy why you do it. He points to […]

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Marketing is about values-here’s the 2 questions you need to answer

Steve Jobs put it best of all when he explained how marketing was about values. You need to know: Who you are, and What you believe When Jobs was launching the “Think Different” brand marketing campaign in 1997 he said, To me, marketing is about values. This is a very complicated world; it’s a very […]

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Small Business

Do You Need to Carry Out a ‘Vulnerability Audit’ in Your Business?

When I was building a block of apartments in Edgeworthstown, Longford in 2006 I made it my business to learn how to drive a teleporter. A teleporter, as you probably know, is like a bit like a cross between a digger and a forklift because it is essentially a tractor with an extendable boom and […]

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Things I Will Unhesitatingly Spend Money on Every Day

Are there things in your life that you would never hesitate to spend on? Leaving aside the basic needs of food, shelter, security there are some things that I spend money on every day or week. And I do so without question, unhesitatingly. What are they? Books I never hesitate to spend on books. I […]

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How to Write a Great Advertisement-5 Steps

Ever needed to write a good ad? If you are involved in business you should know how to write a good, or great, advertisement. Whether you are notifying the world that you have a job available or have a product or service that cannot be ignored you will need to tell the world about it. […]

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Gravitas-what is it and how do you get it?

I am listening to an audio book at the moment by Caroline Goyder: “Gravitas”. It looks at gravitas and advances a definition of what gravitas is and how to acquire it. Goyder defines gravitas as knowledge plus purpose plus passion, less anxiety. It is probably a reasonable definition but gravitas is something that is hard […]

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Why Emotional Intelligence Trumps a Towering Intellect

I listened to a fascinating interview on The Business Programme on RTE 1 radio yesterday. It was so interesting that I was unable to get out of my car until it finished. The interviewee was an Irish man, Walter O’Brien, who has a towering IQ- the 5th highest IQ (197) on the planet.  He now […]

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Substance over form in your marketing-the value of authenticity and choosing cattle over hat

I had just come back from a Sunday morning run at the time of the Maria Bailey hotel swing fall case controversy when I made a video about the matter. My video sought to extract some lessons from the whole affair; not political or public relations lessons but legal lessons based on the principles of […]