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16 July, 2018

Why the way you give feedback matters

At a recent Cabinet meeting, President Donald Trump reportedly chided his Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, for not doing enough to secure the country’s border with Mexico. An official at the meeting said the conversation was ‘angry and heated’. Nielsen […]
27 March, 2018

Monitoring employees: Should you or shouldn’t you?

  Have you ever wondered how much time you spend goofing off or checking Facebook at work? Certainly, managers and supervisors think about this—a lot. Some employers are now installing monitoring programs on employee computers. Programs now can keep track […]
28 November, 2017

Policy solutions do grow on trees!

Policy solutions do grow on trees! An informative video about how to build an issue tree to solve policy problems. Music by: https://www.bensound.com/
10 October, 2017

A gold star for Ethos CRS

Sometimes, everything goes right. Tony Turner is the trainer for our presentations skills courses. As the former head of drama at the ANU and the author of a book on voice technique, we expect no less than success. However, last […]
22 August, 2017

Stop abusing cApItaL LeTtErS

By Robert Garran   Once, in a conversation with a speechwriter from the Prime Minister’s Office, I commented on how ridiculous it was that public servants didn’t understand the rules about when and when not to use capital letters. I […]
15 May, 2017
Eating an elephant

Culture is a cruel mistress

By John Preston On the ABC’s Radio National’s morning program the other day, presenter Fran Kelly chided Federal member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson MP. Henderson used the interview to persistently belt her political opponents rather than debating regional rail links […]
15 May, 2017

How the big players solve big problems

  By Robert Garran How to solve problems like McKinsey and Company without paying a squillion dollars What are the secrets of success for McKinsey and Company and the other big business consulting firms, and can we lesser mortals hope […]
8 May, 2017

Keeping the important stuff in mind: a tip for annual reports

  It’s time to start that piece of writing no one wants to hear about: annual reports. Generally, their mention makes people sob and horses bolt. True enough, the worst sort of annual report is stupefyingly dull. But these reports are […]
5 May, 2017

What makes a great editor?

By Robert Garran, A few weeks ago, my twitter feed lit up with tweets praising, of all people, an editor who had just died. I could have let them pass by—like so many tweets—but these tweets had great passion. So in […]
1 May, 2017

457 visas—A horse for your communications wagon

By Emily Edmunds and John Preston The Easter long weekend was a busy one for the Prime Minister’s communications team. The Prime Minister’s polls were problematic: his party’s conservatives were restive, former prime ministers were offering unsolicited advice and Coalition voters […]
24 April, 2017

Commonly confused words

From the Ethos CRS Editing Team If you want to discover words you’ve never heard of and never thought you’d use, bureaucracies—both government and corporate—can be the place to go. New terms, jargon, acronyms and euphemisms bombard you every day. […]
24 April, 2017

The ad hominem delusion that infects our public debate

By Susannah Bishop and John Preston We like to believe we’re a culture of tolerance and understanding. We’re in the land of ideas. Mercifully—at least in Australia—the days of being imprisoned for disagreeing with those in power are long gone. Also […]
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