Category: Features

The power of CREATIVE DISRUPTION

Staying relevant in a time of  rapid transformation in the business landscape has proved a challenge for many industries. The creative one is no exception. CONOR BROPHY looks at how one Dublin agency has responded. When VHI was planning a...

/ September 7, 2019

Plugging the BLACK HOLE

The National Children’s Hospital is just the latest in a long line of public capital projects to suffer from a massive cost overrun. BARRY MCCALL asks what can be done to prevent this happening in future. The maxim about those...

/ September 2, 2019
Whitney Johnson

Build an A Team

The secret to having an engaged and productive workforce is to have a master plan for developing employees at all stages of the learning curve. That’s the key message from leading US author and consultant Whitney Johnson. On a recent...

/ August 30, 2019

Managing the intensity of the workplace

An “always available” culture breeds a variety of dysfunctional behaviours. BY ERIN REID AND LAKSHMI RAMARAJAN Tales of time-hungry organisations—from Silicon Valley to Wall Street and from London to Hong Kong—abound. Managers routinely overload their subordinates, contact them outside of...

/ August 28, 2019

Powerful Profits

JUSTIN COMISKEY finds that often quite simple energy saving measures can make significant bottom line contributions. “There is a really compelling business case for companies to make energy savings today,” says John Walsh, who heads up the ESB’s recently established...

/ August 20, 2019

Smurfit revisited

Dr Michael Smurfit’s legacy is secure. As he prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday, Ireland’s most consistently successful business leader can reflect on a career that saw him transform a small family-owned box-maker into Ireland’s first global leader in its...

/ August 15, 2019

Much more than a load of biologics

Four new biologics factories being built by GE Lifesciences in Cork next year deserve attention not just because of their job creation potential, but also because of the innovative and sustainable way in which clean-room manufacturing infrastructure is being delivered....

/ August 10, 2019

Meeting the needs of members

A good quality pension scheme can be a key employee retention tool writes Brian McGarry. The pace of the Irish economic recovery has been quite startling. From a position just five years ago where commentators were talking bleakly about a...

/ August 8, 2019

GDPR – What it means for pension schemes

Orla Ormsby and Brid McDonnell look at the implications of GDPR on pension schemes. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) now governs the processing of personal data in all EU Member States. GDPR replaces the existing data protection legislation (the...

/ August 5, 2019

Blowing up a Storm

Wind energy continues to break records as its contribution to Ireland’s energy supply increases. CIAN MOLLOY reports. During our school days, those of us of a certain age were told that Ireland was an island of few energy resources, but...

/ August 2, 2019