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Creative Conflict with HBR’s Bill Sanders

The MBA Association was delighted to invite Bill Sanders, co-author of Creative Conflict: A Practical Guide for Business Negotiators, to host a webinar on negotiation in September. Negotiation is stuck. It’s time for something new. Almost everything is negotiable. Almost every interaction is a negotiation. And in no field is this clearer than in business, […]

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Changes in the Pensions Landscape

The MBA Association was once again delighted to invite Ralph Benson and Olive Ryan of pensions adviser Moneycube for a lunchtime webinar on pensions. The event covered the following: Changes in the pensions landscape Legislative, professionalisation of governance Control, costs and transparency What’s around the corner? IORPS II, auto enrolment 5 big opportunities to enhance […]

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Wedell-Wedellsborg: ‘What’s Your Problem’

In this insightful interview with Frank Dillon of Decision, made available for MBAAI members, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, author of ‘What’s Your Problem’ (HBR Press), looks at how to reframe business and personal problems to achieve better outcomes. Thomas has worked with managers in nearly all parts of the globe, including China, India, Russia, Singapore, Britain, France […]

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Why developers are central to your business

We are delighted to bring members an exclusive interview with Jeff Lawson, CEO of software giant Twilio and author of ‘Ask Your Developer’, talking to Decision’s Frank Dillon about why developers should be central to your business. Lawson is a serial inventor with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience. You can view the […]

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Out-think the Competition: Kaihan Krippendorff

To coincide with the Association’s National Strategy Competition 2021, we were delighted to have world-renowned strategy expert Kaihan Krippendorff of outthinkers.com address members on the subject of  “Outthink the Competition: Excelling in a Digital, Agile, Purpose-Driven Future” .  One of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the world, Kaihan was participating as a judge in […]

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Pitching when you’re not in the room

With online meetings rather than face-to-face being the new norm, Michael Collins from Toastmaster International shares his insights on how to make successful virtual pitches. Pitching a product or service to a client is traditionally done in a face-to-face meeting. But how can you ensure you deliver the best pitch and win the client over […]

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How project management has changed

The pandemic has changed project management forever and how we plan to move forward in a post-covid landscape says Jackie Glynn Since March 2020, organisations across Ireland have had to cope with and adapt to unprecedented changes. The way we live and work has been changed, in some ways, forever. For businesses to survive in a […]

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Cybersecurity & Internet Fraud

The MBA Association recently hosted a webinar with Donal Murphy of Intuity Technologies on the pressing topic of Cyber Security and Internet Fraud. In light of the high profile cyber-attack on the HSE IT systems, this webinar was designed to provide businesses and managers with relevant guidelines on how best to protect themselves and their […]

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Why Brand needs to be on the board agenda

We were delighted to welcome Gillian Horan, CEO and founder of branding consultancy The Pudding, recently to speak on the subject of “Brand – why it needs to be on the board agenda”. Companies dramatically underestimate the value of a strong brand. Now more than ever, executives need to consider how building and developing purposeful […]

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Marketing Effectiveness with Paul Dervan

The Association was delighted to welcome Paul Dervan, Chief Marketing Officer with National Lottery, to speak on marketing effectiveness recently. Paul is author of Run with Foxes: Make better marketing decisions, a contributor to WARC, the online effectiveness website, and has judged the European Effies Effectiveness Awards. Prior to The National Lottery, he was the […]

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Out-Innovate with HBR’s Alex Lazarow

The Association was delighted to invite acclaimed HBR author Alex Lazarow for a virtual fireside chat recently. Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is the author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs – from Delhi to Detroit […]

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Using AI to optimise business decisions

The Association was delighted to welcome change management consultants Sia Partners for a virtual event recently centred on Artificial Intelligence and how it can be used to optimise business decisions. The session provided an overview of some of the most common topics tackled nowadays in business: Customer centricity, Marketing and Productivity and connect them to […]

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Blockchain 2021 with Dr. Aidan Duane of WIT

The South East chapter of the Association was delighted to host a webinar in February with Dr. Aidan Duane of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on the ever topical subject of blockchain. Designed as an introductory business-oriented presentation to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, the session included examples from across multiple industries to suit all […]

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Pandemic accelerates digital transformation

The pandemic has accelerated trends in digital transformation that were already well under way, says Matt Graves. In times of uncertainty, large-scale projects and investments are rarely a priority – and no one knows quite how long the uncertainty engendered by COVID-19 will last. As a result, many may see the impacts of the COVID-19 […]

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Doubling down on diversity

Everyone has a role to play in making the organisation a more inclusive environment where diversity can thrive, explains Deirdre Gavin, HR Director and Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Bank of Ireland The case for inclusion and diversity The commercial successes accredited to more diverse organisations are well documented and the correlation between business […]

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Connecting with your screen audience

Kellie McCord of Toastmasters International gives handy tips on how to build rapport on those zoom calls that our dominating everyone’s business day.  Moving from face-to-face meetings to online has been a challenge for many. However, the biggest obstacle has been: ‘How to connect with an online audience?’ For most of us, work has been a place […]

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Best business reads of 2020

Irish Times business book reviewer Frank Dillon on some of the most interesting business titles published during the year. Humanocracy by Gary Hamel, Harvard Business Review Press London Business School professor Hamel is on a mission to rid bureaucracy from organisations as outlined in this bold manifesto for replacing traditional hierarchies with a more meritocratic, […]

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HBR’s Dorie Clark: Entrepreneurial You

In conjunction with Decision, the Association was delighted to host a virtual event in November with renowned author Dorie Clark of Harvard Business Review. Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognised as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall […]

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“Meet the Entrepreneurs” at the GEC

Once again the Association partnered with the Guinness Enterprise Centre to host our annual Meet The Entrepreneurs event, which took place as a webinar in October. We heard about the major development taking place at the GEC in Dublin, whose capacity will double in 2021, and a number of start-ups inspired us with their ideas, […]

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Isolde Norris on Setting Up Teams for Success

Experienced executive and team coach Isolde Norris shared her insights at an event in September on a compelling question that all organisations grapple with – what makes teams effective in the workplace? Often when there is a problem in teams, personalities are blamed and people can be scapegoated. Drawing on research from Hackman and Wageman, […]

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Unlocking the science of behaviour

From Tesco to Fidelity, three ways in which businesses are harnessing the power of behavioural science for business. By Jez Groom and April Vellacott. If you heard that there was a simple way to double your assets under management, would you try it? What if there was a secret recipe for re-designing your communications to […]

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Opportunity in a crisis – a new view of presenteeism

Opinions on working from home and antiquated perceptions of presenteeism could finally be changing as a result of coronavirus, says leadership expert, equality campaigner and author Hira Alie Being absent or working from home is traditionally associated with laziness. There is also a long-standing office culture where the expectation is to not just to show […]

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Key challenges and uncertainties for women

The authors of a recent book explore how business and society can adjust to ensure a more positive future for women. By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, April Koury, and Helena Calle of Fast Future In the last 12 to 18 months, the issue of ensuring a truly equal future for women in society […]

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The missing link in Innovation

It is not what you know, its is who you can get to know and how you can leverage your advantages that determines whether you succeed in your innovation efforts, according to the authors of Innovation Capital. Many of those involved in innovation fail to win the funding, talent, technical support or other resources required […]

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Open offices make us more image conscious

Open-plan environments influence the way workers dress and act, says new study Employees subconsciously act and dress differently in modern open-plan office environments, according to a new study published in the journal Gender, Work and Organization. Research carried out by Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Bedfordshire over the course of three years analysed […]

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