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One Tiger Too Many!



Last Tuesday I was @ our Xmas Twindig in the Clarion. It was wonderful to meet with our growing community, in some cases for the very first time in a face to face setting. One of the peculiarities for me of the social networking experience is when you meet people for the first time offline. It’s often feels like you already know but you don’t already know this person – It’s a good kind of mind warp.

Needless to say, I did a traditional Irish thing and drank one drink too many. The following day was budget day here in Ireland and as I sat listening to Brian Lenihan’s budget pains – my hangover became a little worse. The predicted 4 billion in savings is to be broadly welcomed – you could probably argue that in fact more was indeed needed. No, what really disappoints me about this budget and this government is their absolute predictability. The “do more with less” concept is a cornerstone of innovative leadership, yet all we are offered is “do less with less”

This complete lack of creativity now infests the establishment within this small country; we may aspire to travel to noble places like “Smart Economy” or “Global Irish”. Yet in the face of adversity or more importantly opportunity we consistently demonstrate “no smarts”.
These are complicated and complex destinations, so perhaps now is the time for us to revert to the Church – because as I see it, all we currently have to get there is prayer.

Let’s take this back to a more obvious opportunity wasted! one which is borne of our absconded Tiger. The public/private debate that raged in the run-up to this budget may have served its purpose in terms of leveraging cuts in public pay. It however is candy-floss when compared to the real issue. The real issue in terms of our public service it not a people or pay issue – It is a system failure. Postponing responsibility for and not fixing this when offered an “in your face opportunity” concludes what?…….Not only is the public system broken, but our ENTIRE system must now be broken.

Blame the Government Niall? NO! The fact is that blaming the government is no good, It has achieved nothing. The blame rests squarely as the feet of the Irish nation. A wiser man than me once said, the thing with being a small island is that you must continually seek to look outward – you must look beyond your shores. He was right! All of our achievements have come from Irish people who looked outward, they had GUTS and they had VISION.

Our tiger tricked us to believing that we no longer needed that perspective. He conned us into thinking that we are the centre of the universe….. “Throw more turf on the fire Bertie, because there is plenty more where that came from”…..Yes, the really unfortunate legacy of the tiger is in his tail….. He has LOWERED our collective expectations, we appear to continue to believe it’s as easy as …. Why are we not now asking different questions? consider different questions lead to different answers, even BETTER answers….. For instance,  have we still got the stomach for the fight?…..Do we lack the vision to come up with the plan?

Rant over, hangover already starting to feel better :)

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  • paulmullan

    When you said “Tiger” in the title I thought you your were Celeb Gossip as opposed to Biz Review and ment Mr Woods :-) — hope the hangover is better!!

  • KelvinGillen

    Couldn't agree more with your points re 'opportunity wasted' and 'lack of creativity' – listened to Charles Leadbetter being interviewed over the weekend and he forecast a legacy of disillusionment and disenfranchisement within the public sector on the back of large cuts – can't wait for that eh :-) But he also outlined how the Govt. could have potentially taken a more innovative approach to the need for cuts – but in my opinion a large portion of the blame for this lost opportunity surely lies with the Unions?

  • nialldevitt

    Hi Paul, Hangover is all gone now :)

  • nialldevitt

    Hi Paul, Hangover is all gone now :)

  • nialldevitt

    Kelvin,Thanks for your comments. Social partnership may appeared to have worked during the boom, but it appears now that what it really thought was lazy leadership. I have no difficulty with people been paying a decent wage, I actually believe that it is important to pay our public servants well. There was a lot of talk about hard decisions, what about great decisions, what about radical decisions? what about new ways? what about increasing productivity? 12 days unpaid leave was about as creative as? perhaps hard is now the new word for lazy. We need to start to admit to ourselves that people who run this country are now completely devoid of ideas.Regards,Niall

  • nialldevitt

    Kelvin,Thanks for your comments. Social partnership may appeared to have worked during the boom, but it appears now that what it really thought was lazy leadership. I have no difficulty with people been paying a decent wage, I actually believe that it is important to pay our public servants well. There was a lot of talk about hard decisions, what about great decisions, what about radical decisions? what about new ways? what about increasing productivity? 12 days unpaid leave was about as creative as? perhaps hard is now the new word for lazy. We need to start to admit to ourselves that people who run this country are now completely devoid of ideas.Regards,Niall

  • barneyausten

    So this is Niall with a hangover – what a scary dude :)Well constructed post Niall. I would like to pick up on your last para when you ask the question about stomach for the fight? My believe is that many have a vision of where they want to be – the fight is actually, to me, the bigger challenge. For the last decade, we have had it too easy. We could pretty much get what we wanted, when we wanted with minimal struggle. In the space of a year, the belief structures associated with this “easy life” have been turned on their head and many people are in an obvious state of shock. An entire generation has never had to want for anything and have not really needed to try – not through laziness, but because they simply didn't need to. Those same people now have to understand that to gain anything requires hard work/graft, along with considerable frustration at the inevitable blocks they will encounter, in order to achieve their ambitions. This is going to take some time for many people – hopefully not so long that their vision becomes lost in despondency and inaction.

  • barneyausten

    So this is Niall with a hangover – what a scary dude :)Well constructed post Niall. I would like to pick up on your last para when you ask the question about stomach for the fight? My believe is that many have a vision of where they want to be – the fight is actually, to me, the bigger challenge. For the last decade, we have had it too easy. We could pretty much get what we wanted, when we wanted with minimal struggle. In the space of a year, the belief structures associated with this “easy life” have been turned on their head and many people are in an obvious state of shock. An entire generation has never had to want for anything and have not really needed to try – not through laziness, but because they simply didn't need to. Those same people now have to understand that to gain anything requires hard work/graft, along with considerable frustration at the inevitable blocks they will encounter, in order to achieve their ambitions. This is going to take some time for many people – hopefully not so long that their vision becomes lost in despondency and inaction.

  • nialldevitt

    Barney, yes I am scary dude with a hangover :) Thanks for the great comment, I agree, but now is the time for us to come to terms with this shock and get on with it.Let's remember that while we (the people) may have had it easy, the government are in a similar but more dangerous boat, they were not required to lead, unfortunately for the rest of us they now are. I would love to say about one of their decisions, wow, I would have never thought of that. The reality however is that it is predictable and uninspiring.There is nothing in there that would give me any confidence that they can craft a recovery.

  • elainerogers

    Quote – “Blame the Government Niall? NO! The fact is that blaming the government is no good, It has achieved nothing. The blame rests squarely as the feet of the Irish nation.”Niall – great post (even with hangover)!I am impressed with the ability and staying power of the business owner is the crisis of the past 2 years. It will be the SMEs that get this country back on it's feet – not the Government.However, we all have a part to play – each generation in their own right. Young Business execs and entrepreneurs should now look to their grandparents for some much needed direction of how to cope from boom to bust and back to boom (obviously yet to come). Entrepreneurs will always look at the bigger picture. They are asking new questions. Unfortunately entrepreneurship isn't required to become a politician!

  • http://www.btbtraining.com/blog Niall Devitt

    “Unfortunately entrepreneurship isn't required to become a politician” and there lies the problem”Young Business execs and entrepreneurs should now look to their grandparents for some much needed direction” this is a wonderful steer Elaine and I'm surprised that so few people have mentioned this as part of the ongoing conversation. Great comments, I do like your style :)

  • elainerogers

    Well it goes back to the old days when we used to look up to and respect our elders – simply because we recognised that they are wise and knowledgeable. Now its more like they get cast on the scrap heap, and their minds are not tapped into.We could learn a lot if we open our minds and ears :)

  • elainerogers

    Well it goes back to the old days when we used to look up to and respect our elders – simply because we recognised that they are wise and knowledgeable. Now its more like they get cast on the scrap heap, and their minds are not tapped into.We could learn a lot if we open our minds and ears :)