In 1989, Stephen Covey’s taught us in his timeless classic “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, that the very first habit we need to develop Habit #1 is, “Be Proactive” followed in short succession by Habit #2 “Begin with the end in mind”. Two decades later, in 2009, Simon Sinek cautioned, “Start with Why.” For…

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I put a call out on social media recently for some topics ideas that people might want me to cover in this “Coffee with Colm” series and I received some very interesting responses which I plan to cover in the coming weeks and months over the summer. Two people asked questions which I felt had…

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“Data is the new oil.” “Say again? Explain?” “Data is the new oil.” he repeated. Picture the scene. Coffee shop, sunny Sunday afternoon, people coming and going, chatter mixed with the noise of the barista’s coffee grinder. Yours truly is there, (a fixture most Sunday afternoons between 4 and 5 it has to be said)…

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I’m known to happily meet anyone for a coffee, anytime, anywhere because you never know where it might lead and if I am to live up to my strap-line, ‘How can I help?’ then I must make every attempt if someone asks for a meeting. That said, there are only so many hours in the…

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Here in Ireland, a hoover means vacuum cleaner, Ballygowan means any bottled water at all and a JCB is a digger! Sort of doesn’t matter (except to the brand owners) whether the hoover is a Dyson or an actual Hoover product (does Hoover even make hoovers any more?) , or whether the Ballygowan is from…

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