The policy problems with Facebook and self-driving cars

Over the past twenty years we have seen advancements in artificial intelligence that policy-makers and regulators have been hard-pressed to keep up with. These advances represent real problems for policy-makers and governments … How do we create the regulatory conditions for technological advances without putting the public at risk? The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook debacle is a Read more about The policy problems with Facebook and self-driving cars[…]

We’re looking for a Coordinator of Workshop Materials!

We are looking for a new Coordinator of Workshop Materials to join our team! Read about the position below and apply by sending your CV and a one-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria to service@ethoscrs.com.au. About Ethos CRS Ethos CRS specialises in designing, developing and delivering training and professional development programs, such as face-to-face workshops, Read more about We’re looking for a Coordinator of Workshop Materials![…]

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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 of how many hours employees spend on social networking or gaming sites; individual use can be Read more about Monitoring employees: Should you or shouldn’t you?[…]

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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 month he delivered two Giving persuasive presentations courses with particularly good results. Out of five, most Read more about A gold star for Ethos CRS[…]

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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 mentioned the bad habit of starting the word ‘government’ with a capital letter when used generically Read more about Stop abusing cApItaL LeTtErS[…]

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Changing 18C—Why knowing your environment could help

For some, the debate about changing free speech provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is a tenth-order issue. The Deputy Prime Minister, for example, has been quoted in Fairfax papers as saying, “It is definitely not the issue people are talking about in the beer garden on Friday night or at the counters of banks, or to Read more about Changing 18C—Why knowing your environment could help[…]

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Focus in feedback: Don’t let feedback turn into a fight

In our courses on Giving and receiving feedback, we find that a lot of people don’t really understand the feedback process—what it is or how to do it properly. Feedback is an integral part of developing a team in an office. A good feedback session is one in which views are exchanged in a respectful way. Read more about Focus in feedback: Don’t let feedback turn into a fight[…]

Creating a clear writing culture

Creating and nurturing a clear writing culture

These days everyone works as a writer. No matter their background or whether they work as a tinker, a tailor, a soldier or spy. Everyone writes as part of their job—be it emails, reports, business cases, decision briefs or proposals for one thing or another. Some are naturally good at it. They—these gifted few—have an Read more about Creating and nurturing a clear writing culture[…]

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