22 August, 2017
Stop abusing capitals

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 […]
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 between Geelong and Melbourne—the issue she had been invited onto […]
15 May, 2017
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 […]
8 May, 2017
Annual reports calendar

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 required by statute, and can be invaluable for outsiders who want […]
5 May, 2017
Robert b silvers

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 a spare moment I followed the link. The tributes brought […]
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