I was at the IBEC Now, Back to Business Conference today. It's rare that I come away inspired by a conference but this was inspiring. The line up of speakers, quality of speeches and good interaction with the audience facilitated by Mark Little all made for a confidence-boosting experience.
The intention behind the conference was to make a point: it is businesses that create jobs and wealth, and now they need to be allowed to get on with the task. To much media attention (obsession even) is with politicians and their machinations. Sure it might make for high(ish) drama, but I think we're all getting a bit tired of it. Who cares what Jim McDaid does?
But is also incumbent on business to show leadership and to do what business does best, i.e.: evaluating the uncertainties clouding the future and aligning resources to meet anticipated future needs. It is easy - nor especially newsworthy - but it's what matters most to the Irish people. Whether the know it or not.
Read more about IBEC's analyses supporting the conference here. And enjoy this - I bet you'll learn something you didn't know: