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Let’s Get Engaged ….

by Paddy Collins on March 29th, 2010

Phew! The last 18 months have been rather unpleasant for all of us, but the powerhouses of Europe seem to be at last emerging from economic recession – and our nearest neighbour, with a new government in two months time, should soon begin to capitalise on its own pre-olympic growth.
Inevitably, Ireland will benefit from this wider [...]

Franchising as a Career Option

by Tom O'Connor on March 26th, 2010

Franchising isn’t for everyone, as Marge discovered in that 1997 Simpsons’ episode:  where her pretzel product ignited a riot at the local baseball game and landed her in the hottest of water with Fat Tony and his goons.
Still, the very fact that the Simpsons chose to devote a whole episode to the subject testifies to how [...]

Brainstorming: A Key Facilitation Tool

by Tony Roe on March 24th, 2010

Brainstorming can be an effective way to develop workable solutions, particularly when creativity is needed and/or the parties may not be in agreement as to the solution.
The term seems to have entered general conversation with the prominence it was afforded at the Farmleigh Forum, keynoted by former Intel Chairman, Craig Barrett – where delegates were [...]

Handling A Panel Interview

by Tom O'Connor on March 3rd, 2010

A panel interview refers to the situation where a job applicant is interviewed by a group of interviewers in a single session. 
The panel members are usually drawn from a number of organisational functions, internally and externally. 
Thus, a typical situation might consist of a panel comprising 1) a HR person, 2) a line manager, 3) a technical [...]