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My 9 Lessons 9 Months in…

My 9 Lessons 9 Months in…

Time for my quarterly thoughts. I honestly thought to leave this exercise this quarter. I have been frantically busy as will become clear from the lessons. I wanted to maintain this record as a testament to these early and difficult times involved no matter what new...

Inspired by intergenerational wisdom and kindness

Inspired by intergenerational wisdom and kindness

I left inspired by people who are in practice working to change the world for the better! I went into a meeting with @Andrew Agnew not realising any of what made him, his family or his company @Hendersons special. I was well aware of the success the business had seen...

Epicurus

Epicurus

Epicurus the founder of what many believed was a hedonistic revolution in greece was in fact a much more pius man than he was given credit for. Reputedly the greeks suggested Epicurus would orgasm 18 times per night in a room full of virgins. Epicuris the founder of...

Carl Jung

Carl Jung

Carl Jung the infamous psychoanalyst explored deeply the human conscious and sub conscious. He broke down many myths of the self and yet his view on the world led many to see his answers to the big questions as trivia. Jung was clear that by his understanding god was...

What I have learned about Venture Capital

What I have learned about Venture Capital

My top 5 tips for Nascent Founders looking to get capital. This comes from cold hard experience gained from a personal experience in advance of starting The Change. Its all about finding people who share your values! Finding people that spot the flaws and support you...

THEY SAID I WOULD NEVER WORK IN NORTHERN IRELAND AGAIN?

THEY SAID I WOULD NEVER WORK IN NORTHERN IRELAND AGAIN?

THE FACT IS THAT I BELIEVED THEM Despite a bluster of self confidence my world was shattered and seemingly the world was composed of their friends not my own. I would hear whispers I was told came from the golf course and when I took a first step forward they set out...

Leadership & Management

Leadership & Management

Why Leadership and Management are very different things – The 3-1 rule Recently a very good friend and colleague told me I was a good manager. Although I was very much grateful and humbled I thought about what she had said quiet deeply. Although I accepted it...

Purpose & Cause

Purpose & Cause

As a business person I have never yet had the resources of Apple, Google and Facebook. I lack the ability to motivate purely on money. The fact is many lack the will to have companies driven by such money. Instead I see “money as the consequence,” of successful...

Reflections on a past life

Reflections on a past life

I reflected over the last 5 years of my life. I have achieved so little with it. I realise I probably in my head voice the view of so many when I say I’ve drifted in life. All the while kicking and screaming for success. Working the 100 hour weeks. In some curious way...

Is image important?

Is image important?

I've never been an overly image conscious person. If you'd to describe me at a physical level, you'd prob say I was generally unkempt &unconcerned about my appearance I’m quirky &innovative, but when it comes to portraying that to others I generally don’t know where...

Who can you trust?

Who can you trust?

Like everyone I have control of my destiny. So I reflect sometimes on why it hasn’t always turned out the way I planned As I search for a new image with my AI work, I first need to know the building blocks I am working with I reflect on my failures to become a better...

Happy St Patricks day

Happy St Patricks day

A day for all! Given St Patrick was most probably English, possibly Welsh and even argued to be French by some we should all be able to celebrate the day that its argued this man ended his days in Down Northern Ireland! A party originated from Ireland for everyone to...

Thinking in Horizons

Thinking in Horizons

Often our ideas are limited to our past experience. Visualisation can change all that. Using horizons was something I was taught by my insightful & amazing business mentor Laura Bond Thinking in horizons allows us not only to plan our ideas in time sequence but also...

I often ponder the intricacies of Innovation.

I often ponder the intricacies of Innovation.

One topic I'm considering at the moment is 'Project Based Accounting Vs Statutory Accounting'. When it comes to innovation. It's all about the project. You’ll find that your staff innovate for a portion of their time. With different staff innovating to a greater or...

I’ve finally become an E Citizen

I’ve finally become an E Citizen

Smile, say cheese and with the click of my camera phone and a few simple steps I have been able to become an e-citizen for the very first time I like everyone else have been following how Estonia has led the e-govt trends of the day and despite interest it had never...

The Blind Billionaire

The Blind Billionaire

I had the privilege to work with Isabel (Lynn) Holdsworth an inspired, capable and amazing woman whose main blocker is how people viewed her. Lynn requested a telephone interview which she passed with flying colours. It was the next week she rang our HR department and...

TIME

TIME

Do you manage your Time? How do you manage your time? and Why do you manage your time? I saw the timeular device https://timeular.com and immediately wondered should I use it? and What would I change if it highlighted problems? #Imagination only goes so far in helping...

BE THE CHANGE

BE THE CHANGE

Guys, after due consideration pondering the change you're going to make. Take charge of your future. Guts, wit, unstoppable determination and massive action will ensure you succeed. No one can stop you, other than you! It will be amazing how a journey you see in your...

IS IT THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT?

IS IT THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT?

James Lovelock 100 this month has been a seminal figure in my life since reading the Gaia Hypothesis. James Lovelocks has shaped all our lives from building tech for NASA to disrupting the fundamentals of environmental thinking forever. The Gaia hypothesis changed the...

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME CYBORG???

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME CYBORG???

Ok its not the Borg! but Neuralink is ahead of were most people today could even imagine! Neuralink Neuralink Elon Musk's latest venture is on the cusp of augmenting the human brain for the better? #bethechange #Lazerdrills #BMI #BrainMachineInterface #nanobot...

IF THE PLANET WAS DIEING IT WOULD BE IN THE NEWS?

IF THE PLANET WAS DIEING IT WOULD BE IN THE NEWS?

A summary of Greta Thunberg's speech at Ted X Stockholm. Greta is the worlds most influential Teenager, and perhaps the worlds most influential person who identifies as on the "autistic spectrum." In her Ted X Speech in Stockholm https://lnkd.in/evMkhdy Greta clears...

Managed Beam Service

Managed Beam Service

Very proud to be involved in the formation of Muir PTs Managed Beam Service as mentioned in The Irish Independent today. A potentially world-changing project. Proton therapy is an extremely effective treatment with reduced side effects particularly for children with...

DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF?

DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF?

DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONS? COULD SOCRATES HELP THE MASSES UNDERSTAND WHO THEY ARE? Depicted as he prepares to drink Hemlock thus committing suicide. His followers weeping at the thought. The famous painting by Jacques-Louis David for me gives a sense...

BIG FAILURE IS FUNDAMENTAL TO BIG SUCCESS

BIG FAILURE IS FUNDAMENTAL TO BIG SUCCESS

Thank you to #ThinkNetwork #AutismNI @Gary Doherty for the first chance to talk on my own story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT4NcO46-Oc&t=3s. My first effort I look back and cringe. I will get better! I hope though everyone left with a shared understanding of the...

“LIFE IS A DNA SOFTWARE SYSTEM,”

“LIFE IS A DNA SOFTWARE SYSTEM,”

No it wasn't Douglas Adams, it was Craig Venter! His optimistic ambition to disrupt the world of genetics was born from a boy proud to get C's and D's back in school. Impacted by military service he entered biomedical sciences. He completed his work using his shotgun...

DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THE WRONG WAY AROUND?

DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THE WRONG WAY AROUND?

I START WITH WHY WHEN EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO THINK WHAT IS WHAT REALLY MATTERS? Watching Simon Sinek in his famous speech on apple was not the game-changer it obviously was to my colleagues or to those I since shared the video with to explain a certain way of...

ARE YOU CONNECTED TO YOUR ORIGINS?

ARE YOU CONNECTED TO YOUR ORIGINS?

THE CHAINED WOLF AND THE SEAHORSE OF BELFAST PRO TANTO QUID RETRIBUANUS "What we give we receive in return." Whatever your view on religion, mysticism or science we all have ancestors and they all come from and travel through someplace in space and time. I was "born...

WHAT IS YOUR GIFT?

WHAT IS YOUR GIFT?

WHAT WOULD COMPEL YOU TO USE IT? Srinivasa Ramanujan sent a profound letter to eminent mathematician Godfrey Harold Hardy that would change the future of mathematics and what it might stand for forever. A man of no university education had in a single letter would...

WHAT WILL YOUR NAME BE SYNONYMOUS WITH?

WHAT WILL YOUR NAME BE SYNONYMOUS WITH?

WHO DO YOU NEED BESIDE YOU TO BE REMEMBERED AT ALL? Albert Einstein is THE DEFACTO GENIUS Original in his thought he was perhaps often haphazard in his application. Einstein in 1905 changed our perception of the world forever. His "Miraculous Year," included novel...

FOR THE FOUNDERS AND ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE.

FOR THE FOUNDERS AND ENTREPRENEURS OUT THERE.

I NEED TO ASK A QUESTION... Is anyone aware of any support services that support the founders mental health? Founders need help too. It can often be an isolating and lonely existence. If you need someone to talk to there is a community of us who care about mental...

HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE WE AS INVESTORS “GET IT”?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE WE AS INVESTORS “GET IT”?

HOW TO UNDERSTAND OUR MINDSET AS INVESTORS? I have gone from the investee side to the investor side of life. Having secured the faith of key backers I now act as the custodian of the money they have entrusted me with and as part of a team I take very seriously the...

#SPRINT

#SPRINT

All that is left today of an amazing trust tech Strategy Transformation Session. The first of many helping a founder to find their way. #thinkdifferent #thechange #agentofchange #bethechange #catalyst #danskebankhub #trusttech #sts

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GREAT DEPART?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GREAT DEPART?

HOW DO WE PIECE IT ALL TOGETHER? Socrates left this world in 399 BC. Outside of those influenced by him the world was devoid of a similar thinker until the time of Marcus Aurelis "The Philosopher King," in 161AD. Arguably his like was in fact never seen again. In the...

Tony Carson: A personal inspiration

Tony Carson: A personal inspiration

Most people who know me well know that 95%+ of my heroes are dead people. That leaves only a little space for those living today who inspire me. One of those constant inspirations who drive me forward is Tony Carson. I was inspired today just as I always am by Tony's...

IMAGINE IF THERE WERE THREE OF ME

IMAGINE IF THERE WERE THREE OF ME

IMAGINE IF THERE WERE THREE OF ME!!! TIME FOR A SATURDAY SPRINT! Looking forward to sprinting again today. It's a Saturday and #TheRocketMan has got his game on. I'm excited to be working as part of a would-be "world changing" team ready to take on what are...

Saturdays are generally work days for me.

Saturdays are generally work days for me.

Saturdays are generally working days for me. They have had to be as a founder who has huge dreams for the future my children will inherit! There is nothing I love more than my hour out with my daughter Olivia each week (obviously love daddy time with them all). Olivia...

HOW DOES RESILIENCE CHANGE OVER THE NEXT 20-50 YEARS?

HOW DOES RESILIENCE CHANGE OVER THE NEXT 20-50 YEARS?

HOW DOES RESILIENCE CHANGE OVER THE NEXT 20-50 YEARS? WHAT WILL THE HUMAN RACE BECOME IN THE FACE OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE? I am up again next year on 30th January 2020 at Think Resilience 2020 back in my homeland at the Everglades hotel! Big thank you to Gary Doherty...

Why Walk when you can #SPRINT

Why Walk when you can #SPRINT

Why walk when you can #sprint . A picture that was taken before yet another strategic transformation event with Gavan Wall! A fabulous sprint with some amazing founders. Thank you to Dee & Lorraine for looking after us so well at Cass Business School the hospitality...

The Greatest Showman 2020

The Greatest Showman 2020

An awful lot of hard work and perseverance went into the Greatest Showman! The night was a well-deserved success. Despite the last-minute glitch of not having the words on screen we all got into it. Aaron Watson in particular! I could hear you singing away behind me...

Episode 1: How the Change Started

Episode 1: How the Change Started

We often get asked, "What makes The Change different from the sea of other venture capital funds out there?!" So we decided to put together a five part video series of how Andrew Cuthbert and Gavan Wall got together to found The Change. To showcase our ethos of...

TODAY IS A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

TODAY IS A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

A SIMPLE POPPY REPRESENTS THE BLOOD THAT IS SHED IN HATE A symbol that signifies the bringing to the end of the great wars of European history, and the solemn promise to prevent bloodshed across the globe. A promise unfortunately broken annually the world over....

EVER FEEL YOU ARE YET AGAIN WALKING THE SAME PATH

EVER FEEL YOU ARE YET AGAIN WALKING THE SAME PATH

that déjà vu when a friend leaves your team. Over the years I've worked as a leader to many 100s of people in Business. Time flies, it's amazing how much we've all achieved together Even when people work closely often the friendships fade. But there are always those...

FCA Documents Submitted for The Change

FCA Documents Submitted for The Change

FEELING EMPOWERED! THE CHANGE TAKES A BIG STEP FORWARD! Friday marked a big "change" for The Change Venture Fund After months of effort we made our submission to the FCA @Amer Bhatti thank you so much for your continued efforts in both challenging and enabling us to...

The Change Part 5

The Change Part 5

We often get asked, "What makes The Change different from the sea of other venture capital funds out there?!" So we decided to put together a five part video series of how Andrew Cuthbert and Gavan Wall got together to found The Change. To showcase our ethos of...

WHAT DEFINES SUCCESS?

WHAT DEFINES SUCCESS?

What demonstrates a proper legacy? Its a journey indeed! I have through hearsay had some feedback over my career from people I have not even worked with some think I am god's gift, others state I have achieved nothing. I find it extremely interesting how people judge...

DOES BRAWN TRIUMPH OVER BRAIN?

DOES BRAWN TRIUMPH OVER BRAIN?

DO YOU INVEST MORE IN YOUR BODY THAN YOUR BRAIN? I pondered the concept of the UKs first Mental Health Gym recently. Then looked into it and perhaps as expected it was a body health gym capitalizing on marketing life coaching etc in addition to gym work. Many suggest...

YOU ARE DIGITALLY DRUGGED TO THE EYEBALLS.

YOU ARE DIGITALLY DRUGGED TO THE EYEBALLS.

It's affecting every part of your life! DID YOU EVEN KNOW? Did you recognise the seriousness of your own habit? Have you given away your sense of self to the machine? Offering your data for free to the global players in return for free access to email and other...

Where have Indiegogo and Kickstarter gone wrong?

Where have Indiegogo and Kickstarter gone wrong?

Having been an early adopter of Indiegogo and Kickstarter and probably being a gadget geek at heart myself, at least back since I personally started to contribute, I have now gone through a number of cycles of what can go right or wrong on both sites. On the good side...

Rio of the North

Rio of the North

How Samba School showed for me how community might be the solution to problems in NI. I have visited Brazil a number of times now and absolutely love the diversity and the attitude of people to very much judge people on how...

The science of care

The science of care

When we are unwell, or when we see a relative being unwell, we get the chance to explore the care system. When in the hospital as an end user we see the nuts and bolts of the care pathway. We see the influence of the consultant, the doctor, the sister, the nurse, the...

Small data in healthcare

Small data in healthcare

The spread of big data and its limitations evolves our thinking on the specifics of the “big data,” revolution. I am not the first to say it but "small data," whatever definition we give it is the next major milestone in the evolution of our understanding of abstract...

Applying Critical and Lateral Thinking Appropriately

Applying Critical and Lateral Thinking Appropriately

No matter what the situation or job position an individual will at times be faced with insurmountable problems. Based on how we think we will let these problems bother us to a greater or lesser degree. For the doing person, who manipulates the outcome directly it is...

The wilds of the business world…

The wilds of the business world…

Let's take the opposing view to anthropomorphism and through metaphor and other constructs describe business as it could be understood within an ecological sense. To do this takes a real separation from reality, to derive useful value from the sentiment probably takes...

The wilds of the business world…

The wilds of the business world…

Let's take the opposing view to anthropomorphism and through metaphor and other constructs describe business as it could be understood within an ecological sense. To do this takes a real separation from reality, to derive useful value from the sentiment probably takes...

Coverage in the Irish Times

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/innovation/developing-resilient-organisations-1.1891303 Developing Resilient Organisations got coverage in the Irish Times.

Lead Scientist (UK) / Bioinformatics

Great Opportunity at Genalice (UK) based in Belfasts Science Park: Role and Company Background: Job Title: Chief Scientist (UK)/ Bio-informatician (UK) Company: Genalice Type: Full time, Permanent Location: Belfast titanic quarter Salary: Negotiable Benefits:...

The days of “Junk DNA,” are gone.

The days of “Junk DNA,” are gone.

I still remember the first biology class back in school when I was told there where Gene’s which had “Junk DNA.” When I realised the scale of the information that was present and realised that in some species 1% of the code where genes then I began to question just...

Make today a “DO” day! Push yourself to the limits…

Make today a “DO” day! Push yourself to the limits…

I work in an office… Most of my time involves thinking. Typing and imagining via my computer. Considering the future of the world, my own future and everything else that could be considered all at one time. Often this non directed thought is without any productive...

Inspiration

Inspiration

Inspiration is a commonly used word and one that means a great deal to me. From the Shakespeare “Oh for a muse of Fire,” to the simply mundane everyday aspects of life that inspire us we are touched by many things in life that influence our path. The simple things are...