Alternatives Elect appoint Ruth Guy as Client Partner

We are delighted to announce another senior appointment to the Alternatives Elect team – Ruth Guy, award-winning Marketer of the Year 2008, has joined us as Client Partner. Alternatives Elect is tasked by local and international clients to identify and recruit the new crop of transformational leadership talent that will drive Irish business in the […]

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Bridging the knowledge gap in digital marketing between strategic and tactical leaders

Ireland has gained a status of special significance in the global digital economy with eight of the top ten global information technology companies having a significant presence in the country, helping to make Ireland the second largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world. This status primes the country to be at the […]

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Is your business ready for a crash landing?

  Taking a strategic approach to Crisis Communications can reduce the impact to your company’s reputation and its bottom line   Clint Eastwood’s latest movie “Sully”, starring Tom Hanks, tells the story behind the US Airways Captain, Chesley Sullenberger, who in January 2009 piloted his US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing on the […]

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DQ needed to lead and succeed in digital age

 By Aileen O’Toole Adapting to the many waves of digital disruption that businesses will experience in the coming years requires a new set of leadership traits. Currently board members and the C-suite are challenged to understand the impact of digital disruption on their business or sector. Imminent disruption threatens 50% of established Irish businesses, according to […]

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Gamestorming – An energetic and collaborative way to design strategy and change

 Imagine if you had a work practice or technique available to you, that could assist your organisation in keeping up with the pace of change, while engaging people, fostering collaboration and innovation, and energising them about the future of their work? Such a technique exists.  It’s called Gamestorming… Organisations that are still implementing change in the […]

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Stark message to business leaders – Innovate or Die

Today is a wake up call to Irish business to prioritise Innovation as its Number One commercial imperative for 2016. Those who don’t will simply get left behind. Organisations need to take a hard look at themselves to assess that their culture is innovation ready.  At its best, Innovation should encourage a broader collaborative experience, leveraging market […]

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Banks & The People Agenda

  Who would be a banking CEO these days? Waking up to geopolitical uncertainty, cyber-attacks, a raft of new regulations or the menace of technological disruptors aiming to kill off the banking industry altogether. In the words of one banking CEO quoted in a recent PWC report, “the world needs banking but not banks.”   […]

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What I wish I’d known before I started By Bernie Keogh, managing partner, Alternatives Elect

After twenty years in business and now running a leading international executive search business based in Dublin, I’ve learned that opportunities arise, doors open and a path always emerges but the journey is more fulfilling and enjoyable if you are doing what you love. This is why I admire artists of all kind & entrepreneurs so […]

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Leading expert predicts where Ireland inc. will source its new business leaders

We predict that Product Management will be the next sourcing ground for Ireland’s future CEO’s. In an era where assessing and delivering the needs of the customer is absolute, there’s a robust argument for saying that business talent working in Product Management will have all the key commercial skills needed to become economic drivers of […]

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EY Report Highlights Financial Benefits of Gender Diversity in Business

EY Report Highlights Financial Benefits of Gender Diversity in Business on International Women’s Day Organisations with 30% female leaders could add up to 6 percentage points to their net margin Ireland ranks 28th out the top 56 countries surveyed for number of women on boards Building “Pipeline” of female talent necessary to get more women […]

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Frank Gleeson (MD Aramark) dicusses the importance of innovation and thoughtfulness in his leadership style.

I was particularly keen to meet with Frank Gleeson to understand more about his leadership style and to discover a little more about one of the hidden giants in the Irish food and retail industry that is Aramark.  To date, Frank’s most prominent position was with Topaz Energy Group, where he spent 12 years, culminating […]

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Creative Leadership for Growth – Debrief Wed 23rd Sept 2015

Leading business and cultural figures Derek Kehoe, CEO, BNP Paribas Group, Ireland, Simon Taylor, CEO, National Concert Hall, Angela Dorgan, CEO, First Music Contact and Gerry Macken, CEO, Digital Hub Development Agency were interviewed on the theme by Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts. “What we’ve learnt is that the notion of Creative Leadership is […]

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Future proofing your marketing team in today’s digital environment.

Outputs from Alternatives Think Tank – 8th July 2015 by Charley Stoney, Group Managing Director, Alternatives This was the fourth in the Marketing think tank series hosted by Alternatives and attended by senior marketing and digital leaders across the banking, retail, medical, automotive, insurance, FMCG, gaming, media and telco industries.   Facilitated by Asta Lund, Multi-Channel […]

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Driving Value in the Drinks Industry

Charley Stoney, Managing Director of the Alternatives Group, interviews Pat Magee, Managing Director of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, on driving value in the drinks industry and how the sector is faring in these challenging times. Pat’s career path was always sales-focused even though he completed a marketing degree at night while at Reckitt and Colman […]

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Irish Financial Services & Fintech outlook for 2015 is promising

After years of one-way traffic, the Irish Financial Services & Fintech outlook for 2015 is promising. Senior Irish financial executives, and bankers in particular, are returning to Dublin. They will face a changed landscape with recent employment headlines centred all too often around the proliferating FinTech sector, or larger firms using Ireland for a data […]

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