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Friday 22 September 2017

New career beckons for BOD

SO, what now for BOD? As Brian O'Driscoll readies himself for post-rugby retirement next year, he's a long way off getting the state pension.

Indeed, by the time he's notched up another few decades he'll still probably be years away from getting it. The pensionable age will be 90 by then, the Punt reckons, with some dismay.

So BOD needs to come up some money-making ideas. With plenty of dosh already in the bank, the Punt reckons he won't be short of a few opportunities to cash in on his fame. And there could be a pattern emerging already. Public speaking can be very lucrative, especially for sporting legends.

Next month, the annual 'Leaders' Summit' will take place in Wexford. The one-day event gives delegates the "unrivalled opportunity" to interact with senior leaders from companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Mondelez (the somewhat weirdly named firm that owns Kraft and Cadbury), according to the blurb.

That PR also quotes O'Driscoll saying that he was "delighted" to have been asked to share some of his experience in motivating and leading teams at the event. So delighted he's doing it for free, the Punt wonders? Tomorrow, BOD is speaking at the An Post-sponsored Early Bird Club. Ireland's senior marketers and business leaders will have the chance to "hear from a living rugby legend" (as opposed to a dead one?) about what makes a "truly great leader". A new career beckons.

Irish Independent

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