Thursday, February 08, 2018

The Rising Importance of MEdia Dragon Soft Skills

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
– Winston Churchill

Imagine how scandalless the Bear Pit would have been or Latitudes like Offices without love affairs 

Westminster scandal: Report shows one in five people in Parliament have experienced sexual harassment Independent

Banning sexual relationships at work is absurd |

Ian Narev wants you to know what he couldn't care less about: his legacy. He never has, and he won't start now. "This isn't about trying to spin a yarn about what the bank did under my stewardship. I have never had time for that, and am not going to start now," he firmly told Chanticleer. Narev was never going to dwell too much on the past at his final result as chief executive of Commonwealth Bank. His demeanour was generally upbeat - where he could, he went out of his way to praise successor and protege Matt Comyn. He was also a touch defiant, keen to show just how well the CBA business is running despite its challenges. But Narev's last set of numbers pretty aptly describe the state of the group as he hands it over...

Regrets? Ian Narev has had a few |

Ian Narev's final result a summary of his tenure at Commonwealth ...

Malcheon used to work with Matt Comyn who cements Ian Narev as the All Black of banking |

INSIDER-TRADING prosecutions have netted plenty of small fry. But many grumble that the big fish swim off unharmed. That nagging fear has some new academic backing, from three studies. One argues that well-connected insiders profited even from the financial crisis.* The others go further still, suggesting the entire share-trading system is rigged.**
What is known about insider trading tends to come from prosecutions. But these require fortuitous tip-offs and extensive, expensive investigations, involving the examination of complex evidence from phone calls, e-mails or informants wired with recorders. The resulting haze of numbers may befuddle a jury unless they are leavened with a few spicy details—exotic code words, say, or (even better) suitcases filled with cash.
The papers make imaginative use of pattern analysis from data to find that insider trading is probably pervasive. The approach reflects a new way of analysing conduct in the...Socialising losses

Grammarly Singing Off

The Revenge of the Shire Places That Don’t Matter

The idea that people are attached to the places where they live has been ignored by economists and politicians, to their peril.

Domain to 'review' workplace culture after Catalano allegations

Domain Group has told its staff it will undertake a review of its workplace culture in light of allegations that former chief executive Antony Catalano led a “boys' club” in parts of the company. In an email to Domain employees on Wednesday evening, acting executive chairman Nick Falloon pledged to undertake a review of its ...

[Nancy Levit (Missouri-Kansas City), co-author of The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law (Oxford University Press 2010) and The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law (Oxford University Press 2014)] shares tips on how to find the work you want to do and how to find joy in the work you’re already doing.

One way to adjust your mindset at work is to look at who you’re spending time with, she says. Are you hanging out with colleagues who have positive outlooks, or with the workplace worrywarts and complainers?

I’ll let the great Doctor Dalrymple speak for me on this issue. Or to put it another way: No

 CLEAN MY DESK? THAT’S CRAZY TALK!  The easy trick to be more productive at work

CLEAN DESK POLICY NEWS YOU CAN USE? Yale dental students, professor seen in selfie with 2 severed heads. “It was not clear how the heads were obtained.”

Leaders play an outsize role in integrity.
Bad behaviour by leaders is copied more readily than good, “which makes our job harder, but also more important,” says Education boss Gill Callister.

Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders - Scientific American


PM&C security review follows cabinet files breach.
PM&C has announced a review of its own security practices, procedures and culture in the wake of the ABC’s “cabinet files” revelations

Narrative has become a maligned word of late, but we find ourselves today in a news environment where the narratives are established, and the days’ Trump coverage seems largely in service of reinforcing (for the left) or debunking (the right) that narrative. We say this, the president says that, we’re at an impasse. Donald Trump called developing nations a shithole, unless he didn’t, but he probably did. What do we learn? Probably that he’s a racist who lies, both of which we already knew. But that doesn’t stop us from repeating the exercise day after day; maybe this will be the thing that finally does him in.

Conversable Economist: “What skills are most important for an employee to succeed at Google? Back in 2013, the company undertook Project Oxygen to answer that question.  Cathy N. Davidson described the result in the Washington Post last month (“The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students,” December 20, 2017).  She writes:
“Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both brilliant computer scientists, founded their company on the conviction that only technologists can understand technology. Google originally set its hiring algorithms to sort for computer science students with top grades from elite science universities. In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”

WHAT DO THEY HOPE TO LEARN? In an unusual move, the UK Parliament (which has like many EU nations been flirting with “anti-fake news” laws), will be holding hearings in Washington DC on  Thursday, 8th February 2018.
This is the first ever live broadcast, public hearing of a House of Commonsselect committee outside of the United Kingdom. It will be a formal proceeding of the UK Parliament. A transcript of the proceedings will be available later via the Official Report/Hansard.
I won’t be attending, though I hope to be able to catch the webcast. I’d encourage any reporters who cover media or lawyers or educators with an interest in the subject to attend and report back.

Merit-based staffing is under threat, but public service chiefs seem ...


Through death threats and scare tactics, Honduran reporter ‘perseveres’


This story reminded me of stories over lunch at the parliamentary cafeteria with Arthur King and Co

Trigg takes truth behind murder to grave

Mar 3, 2013 - His death, at 72, would be unremarkable but for the fact he was the last person to see the heiress and anti-development campaigner, Juanita Nielsen, alive. That was at the Carousel nightclub in Kings Cross on July 4, 1975. ... One protester, Arthur King, was thrown in the boot of a car and kidnapped and held him for a couple of days in a motel somewhere on the South Coast. 

Like McMafia, Cold River,  is a documentary not a drama. We need to pay far closer attention to Russian activity in the City

Airbus executives get swept away by a corruption investigation 

k  Google, eBay, Tesla and dozens of other tech firms have leased nearly all of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Centre’s vast tract of land

How a brothel owner created the world’s biggest industrial park 

New APS bargaining policy: flexibility versus job security.
The Commonwealth’s controversial public sector workplace bargaining policy has been updated, re-worded and rearranged. 

"Walking feels like wading through water, and I want to hide away from anything and anyone."

How one consultant deals head-on with depression |


Talking about anxiety and depression at work, helps manage it |