Leadership

Walt Disney – Innovator Through Immagination

Walt Disney was the co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, one of the most influential motion picture production companies in the world. He was also the creator of the world-famous Disneyland, which attracts over 15 million visitors a year. A Short Biography Born on December 5th, 1901, Walt Disney was the fourth son of Elias and Flora Disney. He developed a love for drawing at a very young age when he was paid to draw a neighbor’s horse. In high school, he was the cartoonist for the school newspaper. He dropped out of high school at 16 and joined the Army where he was an ambulance driver. At 19, he started…

Read More

Bill Gates – Consistent Innovator

Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, the company which created the Windows operating system. He is credited as an entrepreneur who revolutionized the computer industry. He is consistently the richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $90 billion in 2016. A Short Biography From a very young age, Gates was fascinated by computers. In the eighth grade, he already showed an unusual interest in computers and even skipped his Math class to pursue programming. He went to Harvard College after scoring 1590 out of 1600 on the SATs. However, at Harvard, rather than studying, he spent most of his time in front of computers. In…

Read More

Sheryl Sandberg – Among 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

Sheryl Sandberg is the current Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and one of the top women leaders in the technology industry. Fortune magazine has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (#10 in 2014). She authored the book “Lean In”, which examines why there are so few women leaders and provides solutions for women to fulfill their potential. Sandberg also founded the Lean In Foundation, an organization that aims to empower women to reach their goals through education and providing support. A Short Biography Sheryl Sandberg was born on August 26, 1969, in Washington D.C. and is the oldest of three siblings. As a young girl,…

Read More

Leadership Lacking in US Presidential Race

Last night Donald Trump vowed there would be no amnesty given to undocumented workers currently living and working in the United States. While he didn’t state the plan was to deport them, he was clear that he would focus on those who have committed crimes. The speech seemed to have been a perfectly delivered speech, if this was last year and he was trying to rally the Republican base to win the nomination. As a leader, this is the time to expand his reach, beyond the 40% of Republicans who fully support him. He needs more support. Much more. The takeaways from his speech: “Anyone who is in the United…

Read More

The Brett Favre and Ken Stabler Connection

Football is back. Finally. It is the NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend, and much media attention has been focused on Brett Favre. Known at “the Iron Man” during is tenure in the NFL with an insane 297 consecutive starts over a 20-year career. It is fitting that Favre enters the Hall of Fame along with the late-Ken Stabler. There are numerous parallels between both quarterbacks. Both went to southern colleges. Stabler to Alabama and Farve to Southern Miss. Both had slow starts to their respective careers. Both led eventual powerhouse teams which respectively went down as dynasties in the NFL. Both won a Super Bowl championship, and experts agree each…

Read More

Leadership in London – Opening New Doors

The purpose of the London Leaders programme is to demonstrate the power of leadership, collaboration and innovation in tackling the sustainability challenges inherent in global cities such as London. According to Mark Woodcock, Managing Director of BigFoot Digital in London, “Community, connectivity, networking and more – everything a business needs to succeed can be found right in London. While London offers plenty of opportunities to grow your business, it’s also brimming with competitors all looking to generate profit.” There is a strong movement in purchasing not just products, but services online locally due to the heavy stress of the traffic congestion in London. Woodcock continues, “If you are looking to…

Read More

INBS admits to multiple breaches of financial services law and regulation

Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) has admitted to “multiple breaches of financial services law and regulation” and has entered into a settlement agreement with the Central Bank. The Central Bank said today that the settlement follows the conclusion of its “most significant and extensive regulatory investigation to date”. The investigation, which focused on INBS’s commercial lending and credit risk management processes, began in 2010.  It related to the building society and certain people involved in its management between 1 August 2004 and 30 September 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, INBS had losses of more than €6bn, mainly due to the impairment of its impaired loan book.  Under the National Asset…

Read More

TSSG in Waterford leading major EU 5G project

The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology is co-ordinating an EU-funded project to help build the global technical infrastructure for a fifth generation (5G) telecommunications network and mobile internet. The 30-month CogNet (Cognitive Networks) project has received almost €6m in EU funding as the only Irish-led project approved under the Horizon 2020-financed, 5G Public, Private Partnership programme (5G-PPP). Current telecom providers have just started the process of rolling out 4G and 5G is likely to start appearing around 2022. A multinational project, CogNet will develop solutions to provide a highly automated and more intelligent level of network monitoring and management, improve operational and energy efficiencies,…

Read More

Reflections on corporate governance following Clerys closure

The sudden closure of department store Clerys in June 2015 raises some interesting corporate governance issues, writes Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin (UCD). By way of background, Clerys is a department store in Dublin’s main street, O’Connell Street. Until recently it was a family-owned business, having been established in 1853. It has a particular place in Dubliners’ hearts, as many courting couples would arrange to meet under Clerys clock. In 2012, Clerys was purchased by Boston-based US firm of turnaround experts Gordon Brothers for €14m. Fair play to Gordon Brothers. It sold the fine building on O’Connell Street housing the Clerys trading business to…

Read More

EMC and Vodafone launch industrial internet of things platform developed in Cork

Tech multinational EMC has developed an innovation platform from its Cork base specifically designed for industrial internet of things (IoT) development, in partnership with Vodafone Ireland. Involving an initial €2m investment and called Infinite, this is the first large-scale Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) approved industrial IoT innovation platform in Europe. The platform is spread across three data centres – those of EMC, Vodafone and data centre and cloud provider Cork Internet eXchange in Cork. IoT involves processes such as manufacturing to everyday objects, including household appliances and even clothing, containing sensors that are connected to the internet and generating data for analysis. Infinite encompasses all the significant technologies, domains and…

Read More