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Entries by Deborah Hood

Cartwheels in tight places

\"Sean Hogan has held various board-level positions in the public, private and third sector across Ireland.  He was Chair of NI Water from 2011 until 2015, leading the Company successfully through two Price Control periods. He now chairs the oversight of transfer of all water and wastewater assets in Ireland, from the 31 local ...

Creativity, Organisational Democracy & Alternative Futures

For the last 18 years, I have worked across several Further Education Colleges, Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in both academic and leadership roles. Certainly, within the last 8 years, I have noticed the increasing and widespread development of systems that require – and dictate – standardisation, metric control and rigid surveillance processes; ...

5 Myths about Business Coaching exposed

Coaching has been very fashionable for a while now. You’ve probably heard lots of different stories and opinions about it. If you’ve never experienced business coaching, it’s hard to know what’s true and what should be taken with a pinch of salt. Business Coach Samantha Bridger reveals 5 common coaching myths and what business ...

The big skill gap – the future impact of IR35

With April 2017 fast approaching, the race is on to understand what impact IR35 will have. The world of the disguised employee (someone who works within a business as though they are a permanent employee, but they do not pay the necessary corresponding National Insurance Contribution and Income Tax that a permanent employee would) ...

My Best Day, My Worst Day and What I Learned (Pt 1)

My Best Day, My Worst Day and What I Learned (Pt 1) By Stephen Smyth (16th March 2017) Stephen is one of the co-founding directors at Esat-Smyth. His eclectic career to date has ranged from working as a cancer research scientist through to educational consultant with many twists, dead-ends, successes and failures in between. Today he shares ...

Taking my leap of faith

Taking my leap of faith Deborah Hood is the Senior Consultant at Esat-Smyth Consulting. The Directors are delighted to have her on the team and in her first blog for the new website; she explains why she took the decision to leave one of the world\'s largest professional services companies to join us.   5th March ...