Monday, May 17, 2021

All is Not Lost: Fear and loathing in the workplace: We must do better


Jono Nicholas, Founder & Managing Director of the Wellbeing outfit - a group that advises companies on the mental health of their staff, shares some valuable tips on keeping people happy in their jobs

Toxic workplaces 

On Nightlife with Philip Clark who used to be a regular visitor at the NSW Parliamentary Library when he was a state reporter back in 1980s AD 

(The universal catalogue

The Universal Decimal Classification aims to label all human knowledge, and it’s even more thorough than the Dewey Decimal system used by the legislature libraries) 

Nothing determines business success (or failure) more than workplace 

Fear and loathing in the workplace: We must do better

Lying to the ghost in the machine Charlie’s Diary. On AI; important!

How to do build *actually* inclusive companies.

– Dump credentialism.

– Seek talents online wherever they are.

– Build remote, async, international.

That is from Tim Soret

A public servant accused of rigging tens of millions of dollars worth of NSW government contracts in return for lavish kickbacks said he got swept up in a network of corruption.

Former Roads and Maritime Services employee Craig Steyn on Wednesday admitted to the Independent Commission Against Corruption he sought to receive benefits from businesses of friends and family in return for government contracts.

Public servant tells ICAC: I got caught up in a network of corrupt work

Racehorse Haynes and Criminal Trial Stories 

I was sharing a Racehorse Haynes anecdote with a friend and thought it might be worth posting as a light note on the Federal Tax Crimes Blog.  Racehorse Haynes was a legendary Texas criminal defense lawyer.  He has his own Wikipedia page, here. The anecdote I shared with a friend is from an ABA article on him in 2009.  Mark Curriden, Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes(ABAJournal 3/2/09), here.  The article has some good stories about Racehorse.

The anecdote I shared with my friend is this pungent advice to new criminal lawyers (wrapping up the article of anecdotes):

Haynes loves discussing his cases to teach young lawyers about trial practice. In 1978, he told attendees at an ABA meeting in New York City that attorneys too often limit their strategic defense options in court. When evidence inevitably surfaces that contradicts the defense’s position, lawyers need to have a backup plan.

“Say you sue me because you say my dog bit you,” he told the audience. “Well, now this is my defense: My dog doesn’t bite. And second, in the alternative, my dog was tied up that night. And third, I don’t believe you really got bit.”

His final defense, he said, would be: “I don’t have a dog.”