Ian O’Rourke

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Why I Did an MBA?

October 22, 2014
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Possibly it’s just serendipity but I seem to be encountering a lot of ‘doing an MBA is a waste of time’ and ‘this is why doing an MBA pays off’ articles on Linkedin lately? This is when they find their way through the barrage of [...]

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Recruitment and World of Warcraft

April 12, 2014
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Back in the day I played World of Warcraft pretty consistently for two years, roughly from launch in February 2005 to February 2007 and then sporadically in a long, slow break up with the game until it got its last play in September 2007. It was a great [...]

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Contemplating Class

March 24, 2013
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Recently I’ve found myself contemplating class. This is something I’ve rarely, if ever, done. On the very few occasions I have done it, it’s been driven by an outside source not my own internal procrastination to find a sense of identity or lament something I [...]

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A Social Media Journey II: Curation Workflow

February 3, 2013
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The first steps on my social media journey were concerned with clarity of personal brand, ensuring I had the right messages going to the right channels and efficiency of status updates. I also made tentative steps into some basic analytics. The primary focus, in terms of tools, was [...]

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A Social Media Journey: First Steps Redux

January 21, 2013
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I like social media, but it’s safe to say I’ve not taken a scientific approach to it. I’ve set myself a resolution to alter my approach to social media and take a more considered and evidence-based approach. I have two strands to my social [...]

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Shopping…For Men!

January 11, 2013
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Shopping and men. They don’t really go together do they? I know, I’m generalising, there are men who love shopping and women who hate it, but I’m not sure many people would disagree with the aggregate generalisation. Men like buying stuff, it’s just we [...]

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IT is Dead! Long Live Digital!

November 21, 2012
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I’ve been reading about digital advantage, digital maturity and having a digital edge lately. It’s very interesting material and well worth anyone’s time. It can also get a bit ridiculous, in some cases you can imagine crowds of people proclaiming ‘IT is dead! Long live [...]

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The Gaming Advantage

October 22, 2012
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Perceptions change, especially around ‘Geek’ interests, which are becoming mainstream. The change in perception of computer games post PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, Facebook and then mobile gaming. The fact playing games based on the principles of ‘level up role-playing games’ and MMORPGs are now played by the masses [...]

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The Contract Consultancy Affair

October 19, 2012
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So, for the last fourteen months I’ve been working on a complex IS programme. It’s the first time I’ve been a contracting consultant. It’s involved working away from home for the full period. While I’ve lead projects and worked on projects before the [...]

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