Leadership Lessons from the Bard
William Shakespeare has often been used as a source of business wisdom, with books like 'Shakespeare's Lessons in Leadership', 'Shakespeare on Management', and even 'Shakespeare and Golf' lining shelves in bookstores worldwide. Our reporter, Liam Geraghty - who loves a bit of drama himself - has been finding out if these tomes hold any value, or if they're merely tales 'full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'.
Ireland vs. Italy
Tomorrow, Ireland takes on Italy in their third pool game of the Rugby World Cup. While Irish fans are confident their have the upper hand in the line out, scrum and rolling maul, how would we fare in an economic head to head? Would our revenues leave them reeling, or would their infrastructure carry them across the gain line? To compare both sides, Richard spoke to economics columnist with the Irish Independent, Brendan Keenan, and Furio Pietribiasi, an Italian-born investment management CEO who has lived in Ireland for 17 years.
Entrepreneurs and Taxes
Ireland has been described as the “Best Small Country in the World to do Business” on a number of occasions in the past, and it seems that quite a few large-scale multi-national firms who chosen to set up here would agree. Although they all say that favourable tax structures aren’t the only reason they have chosen Ireland as a base, few would argue that it isn’t an important incentive. But how does the Irish tax system treat smaller companies? Niamh Bushnell, the Dublin Commissioner for Startups, and Brian Caulfield, Chairman of the Venture Capital Association, joined Richard to discuss the challenges facing entrepreneurs under the rule of Revenue.
Filmmaker John Carney
The success of Once, a small movie that had a big impact, continues with the stage musical, which has 8 Tonys to its name, along with a Grammy for Best Musical Album. Musicals are big business, but can also be notoriously risky investments. Ricahrd caught up with John Carney, director of Once, to find out a bit more about the money involved in movies and musicals.
Who Does the Office Housekeeping?
There have been a few stories of late that point to continued sexism in the workplace - this week a survey was published showing eight of ten Irish women are subjected to sexist jokes at work. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has also been critical of how women are often left doing the menial and often thankless tasks at work - making the tea, helping new colleagues find their feet, taking minutes... Her comments come off the back of Harvard research.
So is sexism still alive and well in work. Yseult Freeney, Director of the Work and Organisational Psychology Masters Programme in DCU, and Peter Cosgrove, Director with CPL Resources, discuss.
The Branded Individual
as the Irish Rugby team continued its preparations this week for the upcoming World Cup, their former captain and talisman, Brian O’Driscoll, took the next step in his post-sporting career by launching a website, designed to put his personal brand front and centre.
It’s a phenomenon that we’re starting to see a lot more of recently, as celebrities seek to turn their popularity into profits.
With me now to discuss this brave new world of personal branding are Jenny Taaffe, Founder and CEO of iZest, the company behind brianodriscoll.com, and John Fanning, lecturer at t, and author of “The Importance of Being Branded: An Irish Perspective”…
Business Figures in Politics
Despite his polarising opinions - or maybe because of them - Donald Trump appears to be making headway in the race for the Republican nomination for the US Presidential race next year. Trump is well known for his ruthless attitude to business, his controversial stance on women, and his spotlight-stealing hair. Would his extensive and hugely successful business experience be a help or a hindrance in politics? Would our own Government benefit from a bit more business sense? Eamonn McCann, Journalist, Author and Political Activist, who joins us from Derry and Norah Casey, Director of the Harmonia Group, duke it out.
The National Lottery
Premier Lotteries Ireland has announced that the lottery is getting a makeover. There'll be more numbers in the drum and the cost of playing is going up, so from now on the chances that it 'could be you' are looking less and less likely. In fact, you're more likely to win an Olympic Gold Medal or be struck by lightning, but you are still more likely to win the lotto than become a saint, so there is that... What's the business logic behind the move? Simon Wilson, Head of the Statistics Department at Trinity College Dublin,and Donal O Donavan, Deputy Business Editor of The Irish Independent joined Richard to discuss.
Following news that Iranian sanctions are to be lifted following a landmark deal with the US, among others, the international business community is viewing Iran from a whole new perspective. Cuba has also recently emerged from the proverbial economic cold when trade and travel restrictions were lifted between the US and the Caribbean island. But what did these sanction achieve when they were in place? Who did they impact? And what now for these economies? Dr. Karen Devine, Chair of the B.A. Programme in International Relations at DCU, and Parsa Ghaffari, an Iranian business man based in Dublin, joined Richard to discuss.
The Recovery in Numbers
On the face of it, what appeared to be some very good news on the economy as a whole was announced this week, when the CSO released new figures stating that GDP was up 6.5% in the first half of the year. Frances Ruane, Research Professor at the ESRI, took a closer look at what exactly is happening, what's behind the growth, and where the jobs are.