“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
—Ziggy, acartoon by Tom Wilson
via Robert Scobles and Shell Israel
Wisdom of Kulcha Vulchas and how we think
Five ways to promote innovation at work
WORKPLACE: Not all innovation hurdles can be blamed on resistance to change ‒ for good reasons, organisational routines can get in the way. Dr Mary Tate on 'flexing' routines vs disrupting them.
We've become indifferent to memory, allergic to tradition. Truth has been eclipsed by useful knowledge. Technocracy reigns, humanism wanes. Deep thoughts with Ross Douthat... Solution
THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED: NEW STUDY SAYS WATCHING THE KARDASHIANS ACTUALLY MAKES YOU A WORSE PERSON
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These utes attract no luxury car tax – even when their cabins are lined with leather and polished wood ...Time for a new car? How about an $80000 ute?
Fortress government: collaboration key to breaching the ministerial walls
PUBLIC POLICY: Public servants rely on a lot of empirical research, but they face a lot of constraints and challenges
'Right of return', payouts cut for axed WA senior officials
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Some fear the changes will stop public servants raising 'inconvenient truths' with ministers.
Complex systems to simplify workflows
"Not all of your workload is going to reside in one place ... what matters is how you manage it and what control and visibility of the environment you have."
Sharp wake-up call for core information security
Whether it’s laptops, smartphones or compromised documents ferried by email or persistent messaging, what really counts today is how far an intruder can burrow
Top female executive leaves Amazon after being accused of ‘inappropriate’ comments in meetings and ‘abuse of power’, nine months after getting promoted in sex harassment reshuffle.
- Be direct with your request;
- Give your reason why;
- Provide an opportunity for escape.
This is really just good manners and keeps your relationship in good standing. It shows the other person you respect their time and that this isn’t a guilt trip. When you ask a favor, always offer the other person the opportunity to easily and graciously decline. End your request with something like, “I understand if you can’t do this now,” or “Please don’t feel obligated, if you aren’t comfortable with this.” Say this and mean it. Because a favor you aren’t able to refuse isn’t a favor at all. It’s an order or a command.
The importance of face-to-face communication for leaders
EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: Face-to-face communication is a powerful tool for leaders to connect with staff, but quickly becomes difficult in large organisations. There is hope for big departments, however.
What's a media company’s first-ever director of public policy up against?
"We can’t say that Facebook is destroying democracy, but then have our newspapers collaborate with them very, very closely, and rely on them for traffic and distribution." (Nieman Lab)
The purpose of companies in the age of AI
"What can firms do better than markets? And what are the distinctive qualities of firms in a world of smart contracts and AI?" (Harvard Business Review)
Dent’s investigation had started in 2000, when a mysterious informant called the FBI and claimed that McDonald’s games had been rigged by an insider known as “Uncle Jerry.” The person revealed that “winners” paid Uncle Jerry for stolen game pieces in various ways. The $1 million winners, for example, passed the first $50,000 installment to Uncle Jerry in cash. Sometimes Uncle Jerry would demand cash up front, requiring winners to mortgage their homes to come up with the money. According to the informant, members of one close-knit family in Jacksonville had claimed three $1 million dollar prizes and a Dodge Viper.When Dent alerted the McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, executives were deeply concerned. The company’s top lawyers pledged to help the FBI, and faxed Dent a list of past winners. They explained that their game pieces were produced by a Los Angeles company, Simon Marketing, and printed by Dittler Brothers in Oakwood, Georgia, a firm trusted with printing U.S. mail stamps and lotto scratch-offs. The person in charge of the game pieces was Simon’s director of security, Jerry Jacobson.