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1 July, 2020

Blackwhite—July

This month, the Chinese embassy in Canberra has been busy explaining why black is white: In recent days, some Australian media and politicians made baseless accusations of China for spreading disinformation, which is completely rubbish. As a matter of fact, […]
1 July, 2020

Becoming a great leader

How do leaders and managers support teams in uncertain, challenging times? What makes a manager a great leader? Can bad people be good leaders? Last month, we hosted a webinar on the topic of leadership in uncertain and changing times. […]
1 July, 2020

The challenge we face

In 2018, the ABC and SBS were reviewed to determine whether or not they operated efficiently. Among other things, the reviewers wrote in the executive summary that: Both the ABC and SBS are focused on improving the efficiency of their […]
2 June, 2020

Yonder is the fourth estate

Edmund Burke was Anglo-Irish, a political theorist and statesman, and hugely influential as the founder of conservative political thought. To him is attributed an idea that implies that a free media is a prerequisite for good government: There are Three […]
2 June, 2020

Talking about the future of the country

Was the decision of governments in Australia to bring on a recession to fight COVID-19 the right one? How do governments trade-off the misery caused by COVID-19 and the misery cause by mass unemployment? Is spend, spend, spend the right […]
2 June, 2020

Blackwhite—June

The rhetoric of an authoritarian state or leader always disappoints. When the authoritarian speaks they drain words of colour and life; the meaning, channelling Lewis Carroll, is pressed into service according to authoritarian need: ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty […]
2 June, 2020

Imagining the future

Of all the things we know to be true we know that we are going to die. What we do not know for certain is when. We also do not know precisely how human genius will counter the damage done […]
5 May, 2020

Staff spotlight—Norman

Name: Norman Weir Age: 6 years old by human time or 42 years old by dog time. Job: Chief Working from Home Officer Favourite food: I love all foods! I have a diverse and mature palate. My absolute favourite food […]
5 May, 2020

Leadership in dynamic and troubling times

  The Cruel Sea is the name of a fantastic Australian band headed up by Tex Perkins. It’s also the name of a novel by Nicholas Monsarrat that was first published in 1951. This cruel sea is the story of […]
5 May, 2020

Coming your way…webinars

We’ve mentioned, Ethos CRS can produce webinars for your organisation or team. And coming this month, we’ll be hosting a webinar on the topic of Imagining the future—Policy challenges in a COVID-19 world. This will be a panel discussion hosted […]
5 May, 2020

For goodness sake, use verbs

  If you want to write clearly, then use verbs. Real ones. Don’t make them up: Impact is not a verb. Incentivise is not a verb. Action is not a verb. And, for goodness sake, signalise is not a verb. […]
5 May, 2020

Blackwhite—May

The President of the United States is a contagion, contaminating all that he touches. He makes the truth sickly and weak. He lies with abandon. He corrupts good people. He undermines important institutions that ensure the health of a democracy. […]
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