ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN IRISH TIMES JULY 5TH 2022 “The familiar voice or touch of a loved one often brings more comfort to the dying than any drug.” The words of palliative care consultant Maeve O’Reilly brought home to me, yet again, how savage and brutal were the effects of restrictions on people being with loved … No one should be forced to die alone. Restricting access is cruel
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN IRISH TIMES 31ST MARCH 2022 “Like an overnight blink they say it’s all over! It’s bloody well not!” As the Taoiseach announced in January the extra bank holiday and the lifting of many restrictions, the anger of my friend Siobhán’s message to me lit up the phone. I had sent her a … Half a million Covid bereaved need more than a minute’s silence
Sometimes the most valuable insights for your business are the ones that people are reluctant to share with you – but when they do, they are a game changer. In my case it came from a potential client. We were talking about a big and fascinating strategic review – a very challenging one. It … Lessons From Developing A New Website
I love the thinking behind Betsy Reed Podcast ‘The Discomfort Practice’. That if we have the courage to sit with discomfort , there are – in Betsy’s words – “superpowers that lie on the other side of stepping into the unknown.” I have to admit though to major discomfort when she invited me to be … Guest on Betsy Reed’s The Discomfort Practice Podcast
Will you eat today? Then you too are a stakeholder in the Draft Agri-Food Strategy 2030, which sets out an ambitious and joined-up approach to Ireland’s food sector over the next decade. A public consultation on this draft strategy is going on at the moment, and I have to confess to being somewhat disappointed by … Seven Reasons the Draft Agri-Food Strategy 2030 Gives Me Hope!
Originally written for The Institute of Directors (Nov 2020) I had never chaired a board during a pandemic before. So in my capacity as Chair of Irish Hospice Foundation I found myself, six months in, wondering whether there were things I, and we as a board, could be doing better. I reached out to Chairs of … Chairing A Not For Profit During The Covid19 Pandemic
The Black Death, the pandemic that killed between a third and a half of Europe’s population in the fourteenth century, left landowners with the prospect of crops rotting in the fields. Landowners in the north of Italy responded to the challenge by paying workers more, which fostered the development of a middle class. In the … Pandemics change history: How will our ancestors judge us?
Some food for thought “That discomfort you’re feeling is grief” read the Harvard Business Review headline. I had been upbeat for the first three weeks of the lockdown. Full of the joys of the gift of more time and the opportunities that brought, I lost myself in busyness, before it really hit me – the … Re-imagining A Better World Post-Covid