Category Archives: Egg Talks

Egg Talks: Give back your borrowed beliefs – Brad Allen

Brad Allen is an executive coach and mentor, working with leaders and business owners.

In this introspective and sometimes emotional talk, Brad challenges us to raise our awareness about our ‘borrowed beliefs’.

He shares his own story, of how he repeatedly followed a cycle of perform-thrive-not perform, before he came to realise the ineffectiveness of basing his decisions on other people’s beliefs.

You’ll learn about Brad’s two laws of choice, and how employing these can significantly improve your decision making.

And once you hear the story about the leg of lamb, you’ll understand why!

You can find out more about Brad’s work at Simply Effective.

Brad Allen of Simply Effective speaking at the Smarter Egg Performance event at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

Brad Allen speaking at the Smarter Egg Performance event at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2015. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: Lessons from a Peaceful Warrior – Niall O’Callaghan

Niall O’Callaghan is an inspiring guy. He helps people make positive changes in their lives.

In this endearing and illuminating talk, he recalls a time when he was overweight and unfocused, and in his own words, “not his biggest fan”.

Niall shares some of the lessons that he has learned on his journey to becoming a top class performance coach, and builds them around the story of Dan Millman’s “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior”, also made famous by the movie “Peaceful Warrior”.

No matter what level of performance you are at today, listening to Niall will nudge you forward, and his advice might just change your life.

Amongst the many inspiring insights, you’ll hear:

  • why you should do one thing that scares you every day
  • how our development begins with building our awareness
  • about the importance of focusing on the evidence in front of you
  • how a perspective shift gave Jack Nicklaus an advantage in the majors
  • an amazing story of how Niall’s path intersected with fellow guest Enda McNulty

You can connect with Niall on LinkedIn, or learn more about his work at Pure Results Bootcamp.

No Reproductioin Fee. Niall O'Callaghan of http://pureresultsbootcamp.com first to speak at smarteregg.com event at the Whitehorse Inn, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

Niall O’Callaghan, speaking at a special performance event at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2015. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: The business of local sourcing – Jack Crotty

Jack Crotty has built a remarkable business, and a growing reputation for himself, in just three years.

In this fascinating Egg Talk, Jack talks about the founding philosophies of his business, The Rocket Man. His passion for his business shines through.

For Jack, fast food doesn’t have to be bad food. His aim continues to be to “feed as many people as I could, with the best quality food, at an affordable price”

Jack talks openly about the business challenges of scaling something that is rooted in the local community of independent suppliers. He has turned around the seemingly impossible challenge of a building a sustainable supply chain, into a competitive advantage.

And there’s a fascinating case study of his partnership with dairy farmer Ned McCarthy (featured below); how they worked together to improve both businesses, develop new products and all while staying true to their founding principles.

 


This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in May 2015. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: The value of persistence – Veronica Kenneally

Veronica Keneally’s story is a rich case study in the value of persistence.

She has developed a successful healthy snacks business by persistently finding solutions to the various obstacles and roadblocks that have emerged in her way.

As she says in the talk, “If I had a penny for every time I was told it can’t be done, I’d be….. a lot richer than I am now!”

In this entertaining and inspiring talk, you’ll hear:

  • why Veronica decided to take the leap into starting a business
  • how her daughter’s obsession with crisps pointed her in the direction of healthy snacks
  • of the unexpected benefits of just asking for what you need
  • why if there’s no answer at the door, make sure to try the back door
  • of the importance of not taking business too seriously
  • about the “toss of a coin” between success and failure in any endeavour

As Veronica says, no matter what happens we just have to keep rocking!

The Veronica’s Snacks products can be found in most major retailers in Ireland and the UK.

* The message about “It can’t be done” that Veronica refers to in the talk is captured here.

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This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in May 2015. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: Business Rule #1 – Scott Baigent, Eight Degrees Brewing

Kiwi Scott Baigent, together with his Aussie business partner, Cam, came to Ireland to found Eight Degrees Brewing, a wonderful, award-winning brewery.

In this entertaining talk, Scott shares some advice for life and business that they have found to be inspiring, and that has shaped how they do business.

Amongst the many things you’ll learn:
* The unexpectedly profound life advice from an old Moroccan man on a train
* How Eight Degrees developed their Business Rule #1
* Why hiring for character trumps hiring for qualifications
* Why it’s better to partner with small and enthusiastic distributors
* When it’s better to leave behind lucrative commercial opportunities
* Why Ireland is a great place to do business
* How to compete against the giants with no marketing budget

No Reproduction Fee. Scott Baigent, co-founder of Eight Degrees Brewing, giving an insight to his business at The Smarter Egg event at The Whitehorse Inn, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

Scott Baigent, co-founder of Eight Degrees Brewing, giving an insight to his business at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo Donagh Glavin

 

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This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in May 2015. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: The extraordinary power of a great story – Helen Kuyper

Through her business 24/7 Storytelling, Helen Kuyper travels the world training business leaders and organisations in the art, and science, of storytelling.

As you’ll learn from this captivating Egg Talk, a story is one of the most powerful tools we have when we want to inspire behavioural change. Stories can change history.

Amongst the many things you’ll learn in this talk, you’ll hear:

  • how your body can’t differentiate between an actual experience and a compelling story
  • about the fallacy of believing arguments can be won with the right data
  • the story of why it took 75 years for hand washing to become standard practice in hospitals
  • why you need to displace the anti-story before introducing a new story
  • about the ineffective “Management by Foie Gras” method
  • how a country like Sudan can suffer from having the wrong story told over and over again
  • of the importance of your audience understanding your motives

As Helen eloquently puts it, “It isn’t a law, a rule, the best information or even the most convincing argument that inspires people to take action. It’s a story”.

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We’re delighted to be bringing Helen Kuyper to Cork in February 2015 for a special workshop on storytelling for our Smarter Eggs. Registration is now available here.

 

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in September 2014. Smarter Egg clients from across the business spectrum were in attendance, along with other guests. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: Combining the creative & business minds – Stephanie Lynch

Stephanie Lynch has been working in the world of TV & Video production since she was in school. When studying in ITT, she brought an idea into a Young Entrepreneur programme. This idea was incubated into a business during her time on the Ignite programme, and now OnTheQT is expanding globally.

Here she shares some lessons from her journey so far:
– the importance of blending the creative mind with the business mind
– how she found that people remembered her when she told her real story
– encourage your customers to be creative by giving them a platform to share
– use social media to create the dots, allowing your audience to connect them in their own minds
– strive to be different in your voice, and in your approach.

 
You may notice in the audience the presence of Naomi Fein, who was busily harvesting the talk and published this image online immediately afterwards.

Smarter Egg Stephanie Lynch in The White Horse, Harvest by Naomi Fein of Think Visual
And there can be no doubting Stephanie’s creativity as she stars in and directs this viral hit, answering the question “Who’s going to milk the cows?!!”.

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2014. Smarter Egg clients from across the business spectrum were in attendance, along with other guests. The video footage was filmed and edited by Ian Armstrong of Onevision Multimedia.

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Egg Talks: Lessons learned from starting and selling a business – Pat Lynch

When Pat Lynch faced redundancy from his Finance Director role in Seagate, he had a choice. He could move abroad to another Seagate location or he could roll the dice and try and set up a business.

He chose the latter, and began a 16-year adventure that has seen him develop several businesses in his role as entrepreneur and investor.

In this Egg Talk, Pat shares his personal story from the moment of his redundancy through to the sale of his first business. You’ll learn how he grew the business through impressive customer service, how his commitment to the business overcame the loneliness and challenge of that first year, how an enlightened approach with his staff allowed him to grow, and why you should never count your money until it’s in the bank!

No matter what your role is in the world, there is inspiration to be found in Pat’s story.

You may notice in the audience the presence of Naomi Fein, who was busily harvesting the talk and published this image online immediately afterwards.

Graphic Harvest by Naomi Fein, Think Visual at Smarter Egg Event - Pat Lynch

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2014. Smarter Egg clients from across the business spectrum were in attendance, along with other guests. The video footage was filmed and edited by Ian Armstrong of Onevision Multimedia.

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Red Chair: UCC President – Dr. Michael Murphy

Dr. Michael Murphy is the President of University College Cork (UCC). On a warm summer’s evening, following a sizzling BBQ and the excitement of World Cup football, Michael joined us in our Red Chair for a fascinating conversation.

In this revealing interview, Michael shares his personal story, the circumstances of his childhood, his career in medicine and most recently his stewardship of UCC.

Among many highlights include:

  • how trying to be popular is not a good objective for a university president!
  • how his passion for questioning ‘truths’ brought him to academic research
  • his encouragement for people to work abroad to acquire useful experience
  • how his autobiography will be entitled “Yerra!”
  • his frustration with a system that doesn’t allow people to contribute all they can
  • how UCC have reduced dependency on state funding from 86%, heading towards 50%
  • feedback on his leadership style
  • his hopes for his legacy as university president
  • the superpower he would most like to have
  • and a special mention for UCC Maths Professor George Boole, who made this video possible!

You may notice in the audience the presence of Naomi Fein, who was busily harvesting the interview and published these images online immediately afterwards.

UCC President Michael Murphy in the Smarter Egg Red Chair, by Naomi Fein

UCC President Dr. Michael Murphy in the Smarter Egg Red Chair, by Naomi Fein

 

And the article that Michael references from Forbes Magazine, written by Rob Asghar, can be found here.

 

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2014. Smarter Egg clients from across the business spectrum were in attendance, along with other guests. The video footage was filmed and edited by Ian Armstrong of Onevision Multimedia.

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Egg Talks: How culture enables successful growth – Julia Lynes

When EazyCity began to grow, and open up in new locations, Julia Lynes and her team faced a real challenge: how do we scale without losing the quality of service that has brought us success?

In this Egg Talk, Julia shares what she has learned in developing EazyCity to service three locations (and now growing beyond that). Through repeated effort, she has learned the importance of culture – of allowing the team to define and represent what is important to them.

As you’ll hear, the EazyCity culture is a light-hearted one, built on open, positive and inclusive communication. This was more than just writing employee manuals, it was built by modeling the behaviours that were needed.

And as Julia says, that culture has become the brand, and is building growth and productivity.

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in March 2014. Smarter Egg clients from across the business spectrum were in attendance, along with some invited guests. The video footage was filmed and edited by Ian Armstrong of Onevision Multimedia.

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