Just a Coin Flip!

Decisions!  Decisions!  Decisions! We face every single day an overwhelming number of decisions that burden us. We delay to avoid making poor decisions.  We suffer from paralysis by analysis. But there is a quick way to make decisions. Simply flip a coin. Making decisions involves a trade-off between speed and accuracy . We are concerned about speed so we want to spend less time on making a decision. We are also concerned about accuracy so we want to spend more time on making a decision. For minor decisions do you really care about accuracy?  Do you […]

Protect Your IP, Brand, Trade Name and Online Presence

Protect your Online IP

IE Domain Registry have proposed a policy change which will make dot ie domains easier and faster to register. From January 2018, a business won’t need to provide a valid claim to register a .ie domain name. This means that anyone with a connection to Ireland can register any dot ie domain name they want. This is a big change to how dot ie registrations work. The Registry currently check every dot ie domain registration to ensure that the applicant has a valid claim to the domain name and a connection to the island of Ireland. […]

Flowering Shares

Flowering shares are a class of ordinary shares issued by a company which entitle the shareholder (employee in this case) to capital generated by the future growth of the business above its current value. Shares are issued at a day one value. When a company reaches an agreed level of future growth (which is known as the “hurdle”) the shares will have an agreed value. This amount can be either variable (based on a percentage) or a fixed amount. The shares are normally available for purchase at a nominal or small amount meaning only minimal outlay […]

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. As a regulation, it will not generally require transposition into Irish law (regulations have ‘direct effect’), so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware the regulation addresses them directly in terms of the obligations it imposes. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers and processors, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy. […]

Increase your Productivity in Minutes

Peter Gollwitzer, a New York University psychology professor, conducted  studies in the 1990’s to test implementation intentions. In one study he asked his university students to write a report on how they had spent Christmas Eve no later than 48 hours after that day. But he asked only half the students to write down just when and where they planned to work on the essay. When he finished his study he found that of the students who didn’t write down when and where only 32% successfully delivered their essay. The success rate of students who wrote […]

What Burnout Really is

Eric Barker has just published “Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. “In this compulsively readable, brilliant kaleidoscope BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE, Barker is your rollicking guide through the science of success. You’ll discover what pirates and inmates can teach us about honesty and generosity, how to network like the world’s greatest mathematician, and much, much more. (Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human) “Delightfully puckish, evidence-backed and full of insight, this book answers questions […]

The 5 Biggest Accounting Mistakes Made by SME’s

5 SME mistakes

The following article (slightly edited by me) was recently published in the US by CPA Practice Advisor and is as relevant here as in Trumpland: “Small business owners face numerous everyday challenges, and they usually conquer them with their entrepreneurial strength. Unfortunately, keeping the books on their growing business is not a skill someone can simply persevere through and get it right. And the potential consequences of messing up on the accounting functions can have serious consequences when it comes to the success or failure of a business. The founders of the cloud accounting system Freshbooks […]

What the Experts Said

Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like the thought. Winston Churchill. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt. Whoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. Niccolo Machiavelli. Nothing stops an organisation faster than people who believe that the way they worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow. To succeed, not only do your people have to […]

4 Tried and Tested Ways To Ensure You Get Your Pricing Right

There’s no doubt that applying the right pricing to your business can help you make more profit. In fact, McKinsey, the global consulting firm, suggest that pricing has a bigger impact on a company’s profit than anything else. How can you make sure you’re making the right pricing decisions that make you the most profit? Read on to gain insight into pricing anchors and then 4 tried and tested ways for you to successfully apply them to your business. Pricing Anchors… Anchoring is profoundly important to pricing for profit. Here’s why… A product is never really […]

3 Strategies To Give You A Competitive Advantage!

Porters 5 Forces

In a recent article we looked at Porter’s Five Forces to show how you can analyse your competitive environment. Of course once you’ve done the analysis you need to come up with a strategy that will help you get an advantage. Porter identified three generic or basic strategies that a business could choose between. Cost leadership Differentiation Focus This is about producing your goods and costs at the lowest cost in your industry. Then you sell them at the same price as everyone else and get the benefit of the extra profit. Or you use your […]

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