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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Data, predicting the talent landscape in Ireland.

If you check the business news in Ireland you’ll see new roles being created in the field of data. Entwined with the tech and FinTech sectors, data is a hot space for talent and brings many challenges for the C-suite, particularly when addressing skill shortages and its place within the organisation structure. It was 2009 when […]

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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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Leadership in a changing environment

Colin Gordon has led Glanbia Consumer Foods for nine years during which time the Irish dairy industry has changed almost beyond recognition.  He is chairman of the Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) and vice chair of the Strategy Report for Prepared Consumer Foods for the Minister of Agriculture.   He spoke with Charley Stoney about […]

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Leadership and evolving talent for scaling FDI Start-Ups

Emma Jane Finnegan, Head of Client Services and FDI for Alternatives Elect writes about talent solutions for the FDI sector. For over 50 years, Ireland has an impeccable track record for attracting Foreign Direct Investment. The IDA (Irish Development Authority) announced in January 2015 that over 1,195 multinational companies have already chosen Ireland as their […]

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ROI from video, mobile & content marketing is hardest to measure

Digital marketing is supposed to be entirely measurable, but we all know that in reality that’s not always the case.     The proliferation of digital touchpoints has made the path to purchase incredibly complex, which means marketing attribution and measuring ROI has also become more difficult.  Taking into account video, mobile & content marketing, […]

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Leadership Styles for the Digital Age

Advancement in digital technologies has disrupted everything, including leadership styles, according to Barry Libert, Jerry Wind and Megan Beck Fenley. Employees want more ownership rather than to follow instruction; customers want to participate in the marketing and development process; and leaders are finding that open and agile organizations are able to manoeuvre more effectively than […]

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Developing Your Leadership Career Path

There are many practical steps you can take while developing your leadership career path, writes Catherine Tempany, Client Partner with Alternatives Elect.    Understanding and defining your professional brand. Developing your leadership career path equates to developing a professional brand and is similar to product branding. The goal is to differentiate yourself in the market […]

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Leadership by Example – Insomnia’s Bobby Kerr in conversation with Charley Stoney

Bobby Kerr, chairman of Insomnia speaks to Charley Stoney about how he has honed his leadership skills over the years and offers some sound advice for those hoping to expand a business in the current climate. Bobby Kerr is originally from Kilkenny, where his family had the Newpark Hotel for over 50 years, so business […]

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Learning to be a Leader

Charley Stoney, group managing director at Alternatives speaks to Tamara Whitney, sales director of Nestlé about her career progression, which includes commercial roles in some of the UK and Ireland’s leading food and drinks businesses such as Coca Cola and Premier Foods. She shares her views on a variety of subjects from the advantages of […]

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Learning to be a Leader

Charley Stoney, group managing director at Alternatives speaks to Tamara Whitney, sales director of Nestlé about her career progression, which includes commercial roles in some of the UK and Ireland’s leading food and drinks businesses such as Coca Cola and Premier Foods. She shares her views on a variety of subjects from the advantages of […]

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – the Evolution of the Role

The Evolution of the role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) The role of the CFO has, like all other C-suite roles, undergone a transformation in recent years, writes Michelle O’Connor of Alternatives Elect.  Whilst it will continue to be primarily responsible for financial planning and financial reporting for the organisation, it has broadened and […]

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Follow The Leader

Jim Barry, Managing Director of Barry Group, talks about his leadership style with Charley Stoney, Group MD of Alternatives Group. (This article first appeared in Shelflife Magazine in December 2014.) With the technological efficiency of a large organisation and yet the nimble mind set of a medium sized company, Jim Barry, MD of Barry Group, […]

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Leadership Tips from Maggie Timoney, CEO, Heineken Ireland.

8 powerful leadership tips from Maggie Timoney, CEO, Heineken Ireland. Maggie spoke at the MII conference recently. She was not only a great presenter, but above all, an authentic presenter.   Here were some of her top tips for leaders and aspiring leaders: Know who your “first team” is. Think about the level up and the […]

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My thoughts following the “Promoting gender balanced leadership conference” at Dublin Castle

Gender Balanced Leadership I attended the recent conference on “Promoting gender balanced leadership” at Dublin Castle. It was a great day, with about 20 top class speakers. I was interested in the diversity and gender balance issue at the leadership level for business in particular and thought I would share some of the learnings from […]

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