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self-re·li·ant   [self-ri-lahy-uhnt, self-]
adjective – relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.
“Rugged individualism and a sense of personal responsibility.”
Synonyms -independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.

The Power of Self Reliance for Adversity in Modern Times

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Wisdom | Comments Off

The Power of Self Reliance for Adversity in Modern Times

What role does character, courage and virtue play in business achievement, and how should we deal with the difficulties, obstacles and adversity we inevitably face?  Read More…

 

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Ireland Course Finale

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off

Ireland Course Finale

This year’s students performed extraordinarily well working with five different start-up organization in Dublin this summer.

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Final thoughts on the latest visit to Ireland

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off

Final thoughts on the latest visit to Ireland

I am somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean reflecting on the two-week course we just ran for University of Colorado Denver business students in Ireland. I was listening to two songs that just seemed to typify what the students conveyed as their inspirational take-aways: (more…)

Last Day in Ireland

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off

Last Day in Ireland

Today we wrapped.  The student team debriefed each other on their project and leaders study experiences.  A key take-away was that marketing (i.e., truly understanding one’s target market) is fundamental to start-ups and product development in general.  Marketing isn’t just messaging or social media, but figuring out how (and whether) a commercialization opportunity actually exists.  We plan to record the student presentations on June 16th, and we’ll post them so that those of you who can’t attend can benefit from the student’s experiences. (more…)

Start-ups in Ireland – Day 2

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Ireland | Comments Off

Start-ups in Ireland – Day 2

Last day working with the start-ups here in Ireland, and all the student group presented their final findings today.  I visited with two of the five students teams, and the first group was Billfaster.  Their work was basically focused on presenting a marketing overview to include a competitive overview.   (more…)

Start-ups in Ireland

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in General, Ireland | Comments Off

Start-ups in Ireland

I visited with three of the five students teams over here in Ireland working with start-up organizations.  The first was Groupnos in the Silicon Docks area in the Trinity Tower.  Enda Madden is the co-founder and CEO, and he’s been extremely engaged with the students as they work through the project.  They’re really getting a feel for how important focus is, and all the juggling that goes on with a start-up.  He’s exposed them to how they manage projects, funding, development and marketing.  There products are designed to integrate with existing case management software and allow clinicians & case manager to track patient outcomes in real-time across a range of services including: mental health case management, employee assistance programs, substance abuse, chronic disease management, protective services, social work, and pharmaceutical clinical trials. (more…)

Catch-up Day in Ireland

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off

Catch-up Day in Ireland

Today is a Bank (or Public) Holiday here in Ireland – one of nine official holidays for the year.  There are a number of events going on in Dublin today, but the most visible one was all the women runners participating in various runs for different charitable causes. (more…)

Back to Dublin

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Ireland | 1 comment

Back to Dublin

Whilst running this morning in Belfast, I thought how it’s a tale of two cities in so many ways.  Aside from the politics, I was again amazed at how quiet Belfast is in the morning, and how quickly the neighborhoods change from affluent, to middle class, to working class.  Here’s a link to a 30-second video I took along the Peace Wall yesterday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31zwAiteSrg

We made our way back to Dublin, and the students are on their own today and tomorrow since it’s a Bank Holiday here on Monday (akin to a 3-day weekend to start the summer). (more…)

Touring Belfast

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off

Touring Belfast

Not a workday today, so we journeyed on the bus tour and got an excellent overview of the city.

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Belfast Bound

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off

Belfast Bound

We traveled from Dublin to Belfast today and were greeted by Norman Apsley who is the CEO of the Northern Ireland Science Park.  We first toured the Titanic dock and finally got a picture of all of us! (more…)