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Two Saturdays ago, fed up with my Ringo Starr impersonation, I decided to get a hair cut.  On a grey afternoon, the Barber at the Wooden Bridge in Dollymount was particularly busy.  I wasn’t in a hurry and sat happily reading the Red Tops  (there’s a lot of intrigue in Coronation Street at the moment) and listening to the football commentary on radio.  As the other punters were shorn, I edged to the top of the bench.

Don’t worry, be happy!

buy_a_vowelPicture the scene. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m driving home at 9pm. It’s pitch black outside and raining so hard I’m praying that someone in the house asked Santa for an Ark. I spot an old guy standing at the bus stop, just outside Cadburys in Coolock.  Given that it’s the season of goodwill to all men and the miserable weather, I pulled over and asked if he wants a lift.

Don’t be afraid to tell the truth. 

Just before Christmas I borrowed Linda’s car to pick up stuff from the supermarket (enough food for 37 families to withstand a Nuclear Holocaust).  On the way out, I managed to reverse her car into a wall. While there was a fair bit of damage – it wasn’t easy to spot this. So, I had this brilliant idea: slip the car back in our driveway and say absolutely nothing. Linda would assume that she’d caused the damage or that someone had crashed into her and hadn’t reported this. If I really wanted to be nasty, I could eventually ‘spot’ the damage and even give her a hard time about careless driving.  Like Nick Leeson in Bearings Bank, I was going to ‘trade my way out’ of this problem and I would eventually be in the clear! As you are now reading about this incident, you can safely assume that goodness prevailed and I fessed up. When you apologise for a mistake and move on, you keep your integrity.

Find the Passion in your Life

which_way objectivesDeirdre Mullan, a Sister of Mercy nun, is from Derry and taught in that great city for over 2 decades. She is currently Director of Mercy Global Concern at the United Nations in New York.  “As a teacher I felt privileged to interact and work with young people. When asked what I did for a living, I usually replied: “I touch the future – I TEACH”

Dragons DenApplications for Dragons Den 2014 end on Friday 20th December 2013.  It seems that there are a high number of applicants this year and only those short listed will be contacted.  They assure you that all applications are considered carefully.

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Let me express a bias. I like PwC and have always found the company efficient and easy to do business with.  In the 1970’s, Larry Senn coined the phrase: ‘An organization is a shadow of its leader’ and the Managing Partner, Ronan Murphy, role models the courtesy and professionalism of the PwC crew.

ManFlu is ComingThe truth and REAL FACTS about MANFLU!

Since last Monday I picked up a bad cold.  It’s now Wednesday and I’m still dying.  I woke up on Monday with a sore throat and by Monday afternoon I was starting to collapse & went to bed at 6 o’clock.  I had to prepare a tender yesterday, so I had to get up.  All I wanted was to get back to bed, have a few hot whiskeys (for medicinal purposes) with some lemon and paracetamol.  Now for a guy who goes to bed at 1 or 2 am, that’s unusual (you could write a song about that) and on top of that, here I am writing an article.  I must be a martyr!

DonkeyOne of the things that has been central to my work throughout my life was how to reward and motivate people.  In this time of frugality within small businesses, I decided to put together a list of ten ways to reward your staff without money.

Just do it - take a chance

A blind man had been waiting a while at a busy road for someone to offer to guide him across, when he felt a tap on his shoulder.

"Excuse me," said the tapper, "I'm blind - would you mind guiding me across the road?"

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