Eating an elephant

Culture is a cruel mistress

By John Preston Radio—Created by Visnezh— 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 between Geelong and Melbourne—the issue she had been invited onto the program Read more about Culture is a cruel mistress[…]

How the big players solve big problems

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 to match them? One feature of their business model is difficult to replicate—they’re willing to pay Read more about How the big players solve big problems[…]

457 Visas

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 seemed to be drifting away—many of them to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. The government had Read more about 457 visas—A horse for your communications wagon[…]

Commonly confused words

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. And not only that—you may be expected to use them! Of course, the best Read more about Commonly confused words[…]


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 gone is the risk of torture and inquisition, the fear and hushed tones of dissident Read more about The ad hominem delusion that infects our public debate[…]

Maslow's Hierarchy & Bloom's Taxonomy

Learning by numbers—Maslow and Bloom suggest not

By John Preston Humans are curious creatures. On one level, we are capable of profound understanding and complex cognition. On another we are completely dependent on the most basic physiological and emotional needs being met before we can realise our higher-order potential. In the earlier part of last century, Abraham Maslow devised the Hierarchy of Read more about Learning by numbers—Maslow and Bloom suggest not[…]

Anne McCaig

Farewell to Anne McCaig

One of our expert facilitators, Anne McCaig is signing off after five years with Ethos. Monday was her last day and she finished up with a two-hour coaching session at the Department of Health and Human Services. In her five years at Ethos CRS, Anne delivered 231 workshops and dozens of coaching sessions, she wrote speeches and developed Read more about Farewell to Anne McCaig[…]

Tony turner blog post

Catching up with Tony Turner

Expert presenter, presentation skills coach and facilitator, Tony Turner, went all around the country in 2016 helping professionals be more confident and persuasive. In our presentation workshops participants learn to be effective presenters who are able to convince and persuade. When professionals are able to present effectively they can communicate more efficiently with stakeholders, government Read more about Catching up with Tony Turner[…]

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