1. Australian managers are second rate
Martin Parkinson, head of the PM’s department, told CEDA what we need to do to become truly innovative.
What caught my eye was what he said about Australian management in manufacturing:
- “We are well below top performers like the United States, Germany, Sweden, Japan and Canada, but more similar to France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
“There is also significant variation in management performance within countries. Australia, like some other countries, has a somewhat larger tail of companies with relatively poor management performance than the United States.
“Regression analysis suggests that lifting management practices in Australian manufacturing firms to the average level in the US would raise the level of productivity in Australian manufacturing by around 8%.”(Emphasis added)
I have certain knowledge that some of our bicycle shops and universities have awful management.
Here’s the full text.
If you want to be really depressed listen to Phillip Adams talking with André Spicer:
- Smart organisations in the so-called knowledge economy put a premium on hiring smart people – and then expect them to suspend critical thinking, subscribe to absurd management fads, and the cult of leadership.
The book is The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work, by Mats Alvesson and André Spicer. Do yourself a favour and read the longish edited extract in the AFR.
2. Stay calm and live longer
Attempting to “blow off steam” through vigorous exercise could triple the risk of a heart attack within the hour, according to a new international study.
- Being very upset or angry more than doubles the risk of a heart attack within an hour, while heavy physical exertion does the same, a worldwide study suggested. But combining the two – such as using extreme exercise as a way of calming down – increases the risk even further.
Combining both triples your risk.
Seems they only surveyed people who had had a heart attack, not people who didn’t. And the key questions were “Were you engaged in heavy physical exertion?” and “Were you angry or emotionally upset?” in the hour before the onset of symptoms and during the previous 24 hours. “Heavy physical exertion” was not defined.
Seems that exercise is definitely beneficial for health, but if you are angry or upset it may be best to avoid heavy exertion until you calm down. A walk in the park may be a different thing altogether.
Here’s Josie Ajak, who came to Australia from South Sudan 11 years ago when she was 8 years old.
During a busy period in the Cairns coffee shop where she worked, an elderly lady in a wheel chair at the head of a queue at the cash register said:
“I refuse to be served by a black person, can you get me a white lady?”
Unluckily for the older lady, Josie wasn’t an underling who could be bullied, she was the shift supervisor. So the older lady had to take herself elsewhere.
4. LNP on the slide, just about everywhere
Kevin Bonham’s Poll Roundup at the end of September had Turnbull’s government off to a bad start. This week saw Newspoll maintaining Labor’s TPP lead at 52-48. Essential has Labor back at 52-48 again.
States, according to Roy Morgan are all turning red.
According to Morgan, Palaszczuk is now 52-48 ahead in Qld, Baird’s mob have slipped behind in NSW 48.5 to 51.5 for the first time, and Labor are ahead in Tasmania 52-48. Elsewhere Labor is ahead in WA 52.5 to 47.5, and the Victorian Government of Daniel Andrews leads 56.5 to 43.5. Things are crook for Weatherill in SA where his party trails 46-54, but he’s actually up by a percentage point since the electricity blackouts.
ACT go to the polls today, where I believe sitting Labor is tipped to win narrowly.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
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The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
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