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Thoughts on communications, change, engagement, leadership or pretty much anything else of interest or note that I pick up around the place. A place to relax, think, write and muse a little...

April 29, 2019

Feargal Quinn, who passed away suddenly last week, was a legend in the world of Irish retailing.

I was lucky enough to have interviewed him for Episode Five of the Inspiring Change podcast last year and wanted to pull out some of his thinking in this week's blog.


February 12, 2019

“During change, being able to paint a picture of the opportunity is key”

Helen started her career as a primary school teacher.  However, with a class of 43 four-year old boys she realised pretty quickly that perhaps that wasn't the career for her!  So, she went back to...

January 29, 2019

“Real leadership for us is about making selling easier”

Over his 30 year career in consumer marketing, Colin worked across a range of sectors from alcohol and tobacco to healthcare and soft drinks.  He is a Board member of Bord Bia’s (The Irish Food Board) Consumer Fo...

January 15, 2019

“One of the key things I’ve learnt is to modify your own style to suit the circumstances”.

Des has worked in financial services for over 30 years, "both as a banker and leader" as he puts it.  Having spent most of his career working in Ireland, his more recent experien...

December 18, 2018

"When nothing is certain, everything is possible"

Over a 25 year career in PermanentTSB, Ger worked his way from bank teller to the role of HR Director.  This was the first time in its 200 year history that the bank appointed an HR Director from a non-HR background.


December 3, 2018

"In the digital age, the human touch is going to be more, not less important"

Between them, Anth and Ollie have over 30 years experience helping large organisations to create more compelling and human cultures by focusing on internal communications, employee engagement...

November 20, 2018

"Sometimes, your job as a leader is to illuminate corners that people aren’t looking in"

Two years ago Jeff, and his wife Mindi, co-founded Caselden Consulting to focus on the people side of business, something they're both passionate about.   Today they work with comp...

November 7, 2018

"The best leaders understand that the answers are out there on the front line".​

Paul was, until very recently, Director of Internal Communications and Community Investment at Rolls-Royce. He's worked in IC for over 20 years, starting, by his own admission, "back when...

October 22, 2018

“If you have a mandate for change as a leader and you’re on your own, it’s not going to happen".

In this, the 15th episode of Face Forward I talked to Sean Murray, the former Director of Marketing at Smurfitt Graduate School of Business in Dublin, Ireland.   Prior to j...

September 25, 2018

“Your people are your greatest cheerleaders” 

In this edition of Face Forward I talked to Tom Murphy, Senior Communications Leader in Microsoft. 

Tom has worked in communications for over 20 years.  He started his career in PR working with brands like Microsoft, Intel a...