Broadly Speaking podcasts.

What makes a great CEO and how can they transform a culture?

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

Ruth Curran knows the answer to both of those questions.

Ruth travels the world to find the best CEOs, CFOs and CIOs for a whole range of high-level organisations. She’s managing partner at MERC, Ireland’s leading executive search firm – a role she balances with being a mother to four children all under the age of 12.

In the latest Broadly Speaking podcast, Ruth talks us through the key attributes needed for leaders in today’s world, what organisations are looking for before they hire and the trends that she sees emerging.

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How I manage 2,000 employees

Posted on Apr 26, 2019

Managing a team of 2,000 employees is a huge responsibility, but Anne O’Leary takes it all in her stride. As chief executive of Vodafone Ireland, she has worked hard to build an inclusive, flexible and empathetic culture.

Anne does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to people management. Instead she is focused on understanding what works for individual employees and their lives outside the office. She not only talks the talk on work-life balance but this former triathlete, who still has a passion for exercise, lives it too.

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Left a good job in the city and started a €6m business

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

When entrepreneur Nikki Evans quit her well-paid management consulting job in London to move home to Ireland during the recession and start a pre-paid gift card business, people thought she was bonkers. But last year, over a decade after launching her business and a few pivots later, she sold her company for €6 million.

Now Nikki is chief executive of the fintech business she founded, Perfect Card, and is keen to keep growing it. She has built an “output-focused” work culture and considers her ability to make decisions to be one of her biggest strengths as an entrepreneur.

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“If we have to pay for this dinner we don’t have it”

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

It was an awkward dinner and a “make or break” moment. Louise Grubb, co-founder and CEO of TriviumVet was going to have to explain how her wonderful pharmaceutical business couldn’t pay the dinner bill. She was in Copenhagen wining and dining a man who would become a major and game-changing distributor for her nutraceutical product. Thankfully he paid the bill and Louise lived to tell the glorious tale, which she does so here to Margaret E Ward. From the daughter of a shopkeeper to being a “lost” dietician, Louise recounts her story of entrepreneurial success where she started not one but three businesses and now lives in the home of her dreams overlooking the sea. If you need a pep talk in tenacity and a serving of doggedness, Louise’s story will solve both of those needs.

Podcast Length: 32:24

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The tricky business of funding for female founders

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

Andreea Wade is famous on the start-up scene and she is also intimately acquainted with the boardroom tables of venture capital firms. That’s because she’s CEO of Opening, a fast-growing start-up that’s using artificial intelligence in the recruitment industry. The serial entrepreneur tells Margaret E Ward about what it’s like to get funding as a female founder, from being ignored in meetings as a CEO to proving she has a right to “knock on the door” in the first place. This tenacious entrepreneur from Transylvania gives a no-holds-barred insight into the start-up/fundraising world where gender so often gets in the way, and reveals the ways she has overcome the biases and barriers that stand in the way of success. A must-listen for any entrepreneur.

Podcast Length: 28:14

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Where have all the women gone?

Posted on Sep 20, 2018

She’d just become partner at Accenture, and Vivienne Jupp assumed she’d be joined by lots more women in the partnership ranks. She wasn’t. The veteran board member and businesswoman began to notice two things: people talked differently about women than they did about men and men talked about going home to “babysit” their children. Vivienne decided to look under the hood and change things, practically, from the inside out. After all, this is a woman who travelled to Mexico City at the age of 15, to swim for Ireland in the Olympics. She’s just stepped down as chair of the board of CIE, but she remains on as chair of CIE Tours. With decades of high-level business experience she shares the secrets to her success with Margaret E Ward, which include getting the blood circulating in the body and working out your own definition of work-life balance.

Podcast Length: 25:41

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