Monday, January 15, 2018

Corporate Social Responsibility can induce the employees of the company to act less morally

Tim Russert quote: "A leader cannot make tough decisions unless he or she is asked tough questions.".

Almanac: Cesare Pavese on patience
“Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible.” Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living ... read more

"Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying."
– Terry Pratchett
— Shaula Evans (@ShaulaEvans) January 13, 2018

How to multi-task like a boss 


Scots firms with business model tied to $1bn fraud probed STV. Original story broken by our Richard Smith and Ian Fraser, see here and here

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence The Register
Christ, Trump Is an Asshole Vice. Resilc: “We’re in Baltimore. The bar is rolling in the aisles over Trump tonight.” Folks, this is the real problem. It’s not Alzheimers. People want to attribute his vulgarness and anger to senility, when you see his sort of crudeness often a lot in the RE industry 9at least in NYC), as well as from rich men among peers. Like most CEOs, Trump has always been surrounded by retainers, aka toadies, and appears never to have had to develop impulse control, indeed, he seem to have persuaded himself that it gives him advantage in negotiations.


A former attorney with the IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Jack Vitayanon was arrested in February in Washington, D.C., on charges he conspired with people in Arizona and Long Island to distribute meth over a number of years.

Executive branch agencies don’t uniformly track claims or report details of settlements paid out via a federal fund – “Requests for information about the broad scope and total cost of sexual harassment settlements from the Treasury Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and more than a dozen federal agencies yielded no clear answers. An administration official, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the process, acknowledged that the figures are difficult to compile because agencies don’t track the settlements separately from other harassment claims that touch on everything from an employees’ age to religion. A federal fund run out of the Treasury Department, known as the Judgment Fund, distributes billions annually — more than $4.3 billion in fiscal 2016, the most recent year available — to pay financial judgments and awards against the United States on 
a range of issues, including sexual harassment claims…”

Wall Street Journal op-ed:  Almost Everything Is Wrong With the New Tax Law, by Alan S. Blinder (Princeton):

Dec. 20, 2017, should go down in political history as a day of infamy or absurdity, probably both. After passing a massive tax bill without a single Democratic vote—something highly unusual in itself—congressional Republicans gathered with President Trump on the White House steps that day to engage in an orgy of self-congratulation.

The president patted himself on the back so vigorously that he might have required physical therapy. One after another, Republican senators and representatives competed for the honor of offering the most unctuous praise for their Maximum Leader. But Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who was previously thought to be level-headed, set a new standard for fawning by declaring that Mr. Trump may be the greatest president ever. Ever? Not Lincoln? Not Washington?

Was this love-fest because Republicans had just passed an economically sound and wildly popular tax bill that was winning praise from tax experts and scoring marvelously in public opinion polls? Not quite. Polls show that Americans hate this bill.

New robots can see into their future Berkeley News (DL). Using “visual foresight.” But will they be able to see the human hand reaching for the Off switch

Corporate Social Responsibility can induce the employees of the company to act less morally, as a kind of offset


The Post-it notes are exploding and there is not much computer recoding. The hierarchies are breaking and the CEO is speechmaking.
The drums are beating and the tribes are meeting. The workers are scrumming and the business is humming. The silos are crashing and the teams are mashing. The software is iterating and all are co-operating.  Welcome to the agile organisation of 2018. Yes, one of the most overused words of 2017 has now become part of the Australian corporate culture

Corporate Australia is embracing the agile business model 

US Monitor: VW had corrupt culture, flawed leadership

Prophecies of paperless offices notwithstanding, business, ideas, and thought still get written down. Humans are, after all, material. You can’t blow your nose into an email...  tough people v tough times 

Marcus Aurelius on How to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work

Albert Camus on the Three Antidotes to the Absurdity of Latitudional Life

Wickenby Hero Dogs Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Smuggled Antiquities

"Vets at the Penn Vet Working Dog Centre in Philadelphia are to train canines to sniff out illegally trafficked antiquities, in partnership with the city's Penn Museum and the non-profit organisation Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research." …Read More