Responsibility and Timing

Grafton Street

We are all responsible

I was chatting to a buddy of mine last week who was all torn up because he had to face the prospect of letting a staff member go due to a series of blunders that had cost the business a lot of money.

Being responsible he knew it was something he had to do, to protect the business but he did feel really badly for the individual and the fact that Christmas was around the corner made it feel even worse.

Responsibility and timing..

Aviva decided that it will move a huge chunk of its workforce from Ireland to the UK to save money and increase profits. Is Ireland a market worth supporting if you expect to do business here?

Responsibility and timing..

FAS senior staff get 5 weeks extra leave to acclimatise to their impending retirement. Has this issue been taken on?

Responsibility and timing..

Should 100% of speculative bank debt be covered by the taxpayer?

Responsibility and timing..

Should the tax office be aggressively chasing interest and penalties for late payments when it is clear there is very little liquidity in the marketplace.

Responsibility and timing..

The Government need to squeeze the annual monetary deficit due to agreements struck with the EU and because our country needs to regain its financial independence – there has never been a better opportunity for sorting out excess, inefficiency, unfair & outdated arrangements and crazy work practices. These obvious but thorny issues must be tackled as a priority and then we’ll be happy to take our fair share of pain.

Responsibility and timing.

Timing is critical and never has it been so critical – if we want to progress from where we are we must all act with responsibility.

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

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4 Responses to “Responsibility and Timing”

  1. Dermot Dennehy Says:

    As someone looking in from the outside, owning a business in the UK, I find many similarities between the two countries and the points that you have made.Tomorrow we have a day of national public service strikes…people who have been milking the country for years are a bit annoyed that their heavily inflated pensions will not be as lucrative as they thought…well tough luck…we cant afford it any more.This is a good time for us to clean up our act also.
    From an Ireland perspective…if there was one thing i would advise change on apart from what Greg has mentioned..start being positive…if Ireland wants to get out of its current trouble, it has the ability, it just needs the will.

  2. John O'Sullivan Says:

    Greg,
    You certainly present a fairly complete list of the “management” issues which Ireland Ltd. is failing to face up to and failing to manage.
    We (the stakeholders in Irl.Ltd.) seem content to let the management team get on with it however they see fit and regardless of the obvious disastrous results.
    If this were a private company we would long ago have initiated a comprehensive drive to eliminate, or at least minimise, waste and increase value to the customer.
    If even the basics of Lean Operational Excellence were applied to our state bodies and agencies, such as the health services, we would be presented with an opportunity to achieve the greatest gains from these principles ever recorded. Shooting fish in barrels comes to mind.
    The difference is that when we go into private companies to deliver Operational Excellence programmes the management understand the difference between cost and value, and are not afraid to take whatever action is required to get the business back on track.

    Thanks for the opportunity to rant!

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