Category Archives: High Performance

Post-Mortems: Are you working in a ‘Learning Organisation’?

Played golf recently with a property developer. He’s a solid bloke who lost all of his money (and a little bit of ours as well) during the fall of the Celtic Tiger. In a dramatic period of boom and bust, … Continue reading

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Do you use Smart Technology, Stupidly?

We recently ran an executive training programme for a group of senior engineers. Wading through the feedback, a number of people remarked that they appreciated being allowed time to catch up on emails. It’s an old trainers trick to allow … Continue reading

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Just Ignore Problems and They Will Fix Themselves (wrong!).

This was a real live emergency! My passport was locked in a wall safe in Portugal. We were flying home at 17:00. It was 11:28 and the door of the safe wouldn’t budge. I use the same stupid ‘4-numbers’ for … Continue reading

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Prioritization: How doing less often delivers more

I recently spoke to a senior banking executive. He wasn’t bored. Among a plethora of tasks faced, he was looking at ways to re-engage with staff, re-structure the organization, figure out how to make hundreds of people redundant with dignity … Continue reading

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Managerial Lessons you get from Farming

When I left school, I worked for 5 years as a butcher. At the time I’d a big interest in cattle breeds and spent a good bit of time in the old Cattle Markets around the North Circular Road in … Continue reading

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New Years Resolutions: Choose Your Rabbit and Go

It was early morning on Day 2. The New Year fitness plan was holding up. On Day 1, I’d completed a full hour of exercise. In line with the movement towards BIG DATA, I counted everything. 6 minutes threading water … Continue reading

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Brilliance Vs. Persistence. The debate is finally answered!

I was invited to play at a ‘retirement party’ in the city. Betty, a friend of my wife Linda, was finishing up with Dublin County Council. After long service, she wanted to mark the occasion by lining up some music … Continue reading

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