Monthly Archives: August 2011

How many managers does it take to change a light bulb?

‘Going forward, we’ve formed a task force to study the problem of why light bulbs burn out, and produce a cutting edge plan laying out what, exactly, we as supervisors can do to make the bulbs work smarter, not harder.”

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Losing a subscriber, liking myself and “sociopatholigarcy”

Hmm, I have gone from 10 to 9 subscribers. Was it something I wrote? Or the amount I post? And I accidentally “liked” one of my own posts – bad form, faux pas etc. Anyone know how to de/unlike? On … Continue reading

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Book Review: The High Commissioner

Jon Creasy 1966 223 pages Jon Creasy was a prolific Australian writer. Among his many books was a series about a Sydney police detective, Scobie Malone. The first book in the series, the High Commissioner, opens famously – “We want … Continue reading

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TV Review: “Covert Affairs” – mesmerisingly bad

Think a demented mash-up of Sex and the City and the first Die Hard film, with the outtakes of the American re-make of Nikita thrown in for the lulz. I watched this episode of yet another example of the Fascist … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Happened to the Corbetts

This book, which has been mentioned in some ‘resilience’ circles as a ‘worth-reading’, is most definitely a book of two halves. Written by Nevil Shute in 1938, and about the impacts of aerial bombardment on an English city, it opens … Continue reading

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The Shadow Knows

I first encountered the phrase “Shadow Organisation” in Mark Pelling’s 2011 “Adaptation and Climate Change: From resilience to transformation” However, the generation of novel ideas or practices that are in conflict with or undervalued by canonical organisation often first emerges from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Foursome

Jeremiah Healey 1993 344 pages Jeremiah Healey’s Boston-based PI, John Cuddy, is a solid and interesting character. He’s quite like Peter Corris’ “Cliff Hardy” – a military stint (a Military Policeman in Vietnam) followed by time in an insurance company … Continue reading

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