Leadership and the toughest decision of all

It would seem that Arsene Wenger – current Arsenal manager and a legend of the football world – and our Taoiseach Enda Kenny are faced with a similar dilemma. Cling to power and risk ruining whatever reputation they hold or accept the time has come…

Decision making and ‘the door test’

In life, faced with an infinite amount of possibilities and incomplete information we tend to rely on our own personal metrics for making decisions, whether it be on investments, our career and even love. Of course, sometimes our judgment is driven by subconscious biases,…

‘Foreigners’ stealing British football jobs?

The passing of the BREXIT bill last week brings the UK’s exit of the European Union ever closer, a move that will help the British Parliament stem the hordes of ‘foreigners’ coming to their shores. No more stealing British jobs! One man that will…

Human Capital: An asset class in its own right

You are wealthy. You just haven’t realised it yet. The traditional way people think about their wealth tends to focus on their accumulated financial assets, i.e. savings, investments, pension, property or any other claim on ownership. Think of this as your financial capital. However,…

Thoughts on Donald Trump’s “America First”

“Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength” – Donald Trump Donald Trump has many people worried. For whatever Trump may have said to win the election, nobody is really sure what he stands for. The celebrity billionaire is new to politics, something which…

Jumping in the deep end in Mexico

Tulum, Mexico. Hola, me llamo Vicente. ¿Cómo estás? My host family, a Mexican couple around 60 years old, Laura and Eduardo, smile at me as they welcome me in Spanish, little of which I actually pick up. Mild panic sets in as I realise…

Rental Increases and the Merseyside Derby…

One might have thought after the collapse of the Celtic Tiger bubble we would have figured out the role of housing in our society. It doesn’t appear to be the case. As measured by the consumer price index, Irish inflation fell by -0.1% in the…

Another New Year; Life Is About Taking Risks

Another year almost down. Where did it go you ask? It is hard to believe we are now heading into 2017. The turn of the year always makes me more introspective. As I look forward to 2017, below are two pieces of wisdom that…

Reflecting on my 10 weeks learning about Radio

I recently completed a 10 week Diploma Course in Radio Production, run by the Today FM School of Radio, in partnership with the Independent College Dublin. The course is designed to give students a flavour of how the radio industry works, teaching research and…

“20 Hours Learning Challenge” Revisited

At the end of August I wrote a blog – The “20 Hours” Learning Challenge – inspired by a TedxTalk from Josh Kaufman, entitled “The first 20 Hours – How to learn anything”.  (YouTube link) Kaufman’s theory is that when starting something new, with just…

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