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We all lose out from a culture of negativity

Alan O'Neill


From the workplace to Dancing with the Stars, it's time to create a more positive environment

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Grainne Gallanagh and Kai Widdrington during the third live show of Dancing with the Stars Photo: Kyran O'Brien Photography/kobpix

Grainne Gallanagh and Kai Widdrington during the third live show of Dancing with the Stars Photo: Kyran O'Brien Photography/kobpix

Grainne Gallanagh and Kai Widdrington during the third live show of Dancing with the Stars Photo: Kyran O'Brien Photography/kobpix

I've just come back from a crazy week of travel which included a day in each of four cities: Lisbon, Milan, Vienna and Budapest. I was presenting a roadshow on the topic of change and organisational culture to groups of varying sizes and nationalities. Each conference was followed by an evening team dinner with the delegates, where stories and jokes distracted me from whatever food concoctions were put in front of me.

As with all these events in foreign lands, there was much curiosity about Ireland and the Irish, in our history and our heritage.

And the one common denominator throughout this week and indeed everywhere I go is the fondness and love that people have for us. It makes me extra proud to be Irish.