Managing the Office Ogre
In a much-publicised announcement this week, the BBC announced that they “would not be renewing” Jeremy Clarkson’s contract, after an investigation concluded that he had physically and verbally assaulted a co-worker, Irishman Oisín Tymon.
The whole episode raised quite a few questions about the management of difficult staff, particularly when they’re one of your star performers.
At what point do you have to kill the goose that lays the golden egg?
To kick this hornet’s nest, Julie O’Neill, Management Consultant with ‘Join the Dots’, and Paul Mooney of Tandem Consulting, joined Richard in studio.
Construction in Focus
Earlier this week, Finance Minister Michael Noonan stated that he believed Irish developers are not using the correct funding models to get projects off the ground, and that those who don’t embrace the new model will get left behind.
Is this a sign that the Minister is frustrated by the lack of activity in the construction sector?
Paddy Kelly, Managing Director of Tegral, and Conor Skeehan, Chairman of the Housing Agency, discuss.
Niall Fitzgerald, born in Sligo and raised in Limerick, has had a varied and colourful career in global business. During his 37 years with one of the world’s biggest companies, Unilever, he became their youngest ever Chairman and Chief Executive. He has also chaired and been on the board of too many organisations to mention, including the World Economic Forum, the British Museum, and Nelson Mandela's Legacy Trust.
Croke Park's Peter McKenna
Last year was quite a rollercoaster for Croke Park's stadium director, Peter McKenna, with the ‘Garth-Gate’ saga raging on for what seemed like an eternity...
Despite this blip, the venue turned over an operating profit of 11.2 million euro last year.
In fact, the fortunes of Croke Park have been on the up for some time. 2012 was a watershed year, as it was the first time it was debt free in
its entire existence, and McKenna was instrumental in that turnaround...
Superbowl Super Ads
The Superbowl commercial breaks are considered the holy Grail of advertising, with many firms spending millions on just one 30 second slot.
With an average viewership of 111 million, some might say they are worth the spend... Nowadays many ads are going viral before the show, and advertisers have had to think more creatively about the spots, working alongside such giants as Facebook and Twitter to show specific ads to a particular audience. Peter O’Dwyer, Creative Director at Havas Worldwide and Kathleen Healy, Digital Strategist with Rothco, sift through the glorious touchdowns and disastrous fumbles...
Michael Lynch was born to Irish parents living in Britain, studied and attained a PhD in the field of mathematics and engineering in Cambridge, and set up the tech company Autonomy which he sold to Hewlett Packard for 11.1 billion euro in 2011. He was susbsequently in the news when just a year later HP wrote down the value of the business by over $8bn, accusing Autonomy of accounting improprieties and misrepresentation prior to the takeover.
Two weeks ago, however, the Serious Fraud Office in the UK announced that their investigation hadn’t found anything. An investigation in the US is still ongoing. He has recently raised a billion dollars and founded his own investment venture, Invoke Capital.
Inequality and the 'Squeezed Middle'
This week the rich and powerful were all at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, the official theme being the 'new global context'. Earlier in the week Oxfam had warned that by 2016 1% of the world's population will own more than the other 99%, and Barack Obama and David Cameron have both pledged an easing of pressure on the squeezed middle classes. Steve Keen, Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London, and Eamon Delaney, commentator and former diplomat, joined Richard to discuss the big picture issues of wealth and income inequality.