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.
In the early hours of the morning, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his Government's plans to hold a referendum on a bailout deal in eight days time. In a televised address, he described the deal on offer as a 'humiliation', and condemned as 'unbearable' the austerity measures demanded by creditors. Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent with the Irish Times, has the latest from Brussels ahead of this afternoon's scheduled meeting of eurozone finance ministers. Prof. Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics at NUIG, and Paul Sweeney, economist with TASC, compare and contrast how Ireland and Greece have dealt with the Troika.
Fathers in Business
Many interviewees have spoken to us over the years about the influence that their fathers had on their development as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Here are a few examples of some recent ones, featuring the voices of Caroline Keeling, John Boyle, Fiona Dawson, Martina Craine, John Fitzpatrick, and Danuta Gray...