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Managing Up – Why Bother?

by Tony Roe on December 13th, 2009

Charlie McCreevy appeared in a typically mischievous mood in a recent RTE interview with Miriam O’Callaghan, when he claimed that he couldn’t remember a single Sir Humphrey-type figure from his days as a government Minister.
On the contrary, our coaching experience with many managers would indicate that the species is very much alive and well – [...]

Fiscal Emergencies: Ghosts of Christmas Past

by Tom O'Connor on December 7th, 2009

The various strands of discourse characterising current media coverage of the public sector carry some interesting parallels with the Great Depression period of the 1930’s.
Then, as now, the Irish government found itself in a fiscal emergency.
Minister Seeks Sacrifices
On Christmas Eve 1932, in a scrooge-like move, the then Minister for Finance, Mr. Sean McEntee, was forced [...]

Return of The Company Doctor

by Jim Raleigh on December 3rd, 2009

A rising tide lifts all boats. And, so it was with the Celtic Tiger: companies thrived as the top line grew and rising costs merely reduced the funds for investment in property or dividends.
But, now, the picture has changed dramatically. Companies such as Budget Travel and EP Mooney, that just a few short years ago [...]

Career Change: Some Buttons To Push

by Tony Roe on December 1st, 2009

As the current economic climate continues to challenge us and with the labour market contracting (for details, see the CSO Earnings and Labour Costs Report – 20/11/09 and the FAS Quarterly Commentary 4/11/09), departing employees need to be open to exploring all their options in an attempt to secure new employment. For many former [...]