To be featured as the subject of a half-hour television episode that will be broadcast throughout the country (and then re-broadcast throughout the world) is a great honor. Though it may be good publicity, the purpose of these episodes is to teach best business practices. Each episode is an in-depth study of the processes within that business that gives the business staying power. The insights, knowledge, and attitudes of the people are always the enduring focus. Their work with suppliers, customers, and employees will also be examined in depth. The products and services will be the third emphasis. What makes their products and services unique? What sets them apart? Also, for this show, nobody and no company can pay to be on it. First, the business owner(s) have to be nominated. Then, there is a long vetting process. To get on this list for the producers to peruse requires years of good work within one’s industry and community.
Number of Businesses to the Number of People:
Population: There are close to five million people in Ireland. Of all the countries of the world, it has a very large presence for a relatively small country. Much of this has to do with her deep and lasting legacies where many Irish businesses are among the oldest in the world.
Number of businesses: There are 137,654 officially registered businesses in Ireland. That is about one business for every 33 people. If we assume there is a top 1% of that total, our goal could be to identify 1400 businesses that employ people, produce excellent products and/or services, and do it all very, very well.
The general criterion: If we are in search of best business practices, who should be included? Certainly the oldest businesses in the country should be on the list. They have proven by their longevity and continuity that they are doing something right. Ethics counts. People who do the right thing help to create order in their community, the nation and our world. And surely, the judgments of customers, employees, and supplies are all very important. People who teach people to think, to understand the business, and to make it better, are key. These people know how to talk about best business practices. And, surely generosity within their communities is very important.
Key Question: Of all the businesses, which of the 137,654 are the best run, the most ethical, the best to their employees, the best to their communities, and the best within their industry?
Let’s find out.
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