Passion is an under-rated commodity in the workplace these days. Cool, level-headed conservatism is in. Get someone with brains and nice suits and the ability to manage finances and hey presto! There’s your new boss.
It’s upside down logic. Passion for the business is valuable in any major enterprise. Say what you like about my boss Rupert Murdoch, and many of you will, but you can’t argue that the guy loves the game. The same with the late Kerry Packer.
Over in the AFL, you get the impression Andrew Demetriou is so passionate about his sport, he still rips into a new box of Weet-Bix to see if he can find a Buddy Franklin card at the bottom. The NRL could have followed suit and installed a leader who knows and loves the game. They didn’t, and they’ll likely pay for it.
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Our Governor General, Quentin Bryce, is one classy lady and a role model for young women everywhere.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of the federal gender watchdog’s latest census of women in leadership, the 69-year-old Bryce, rocking a skirt suit of the hottest pink you can imagine, shared her memory of life before the women’s movement. It’s worth recalling here:
“I’m a girl of the 60s,” Governor Bryce began, “a time when women in jobs were clustered in a narrow range of occupations. Marriage meant resignation. Pay was two thirds of men’s. No maternity leave. No childcare. No role models. No mentors. Little access to superannuation or higher education. There were separate job ads for women and girls, men and boys. I was the only girl from my school to go to university. There were a handful of us in law school. I was shocked to see only one woman scholar on campus at University of Queensland and to learn that I would have to leave work when I was married. It’s no wonder women started to take action.”
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The CEO of Yahoo!, Scott Thompson, pretended he had a degree he hadn’t earned.
So who gets fired? The chair of the committee who hired him. He’s still in the top job. Yahoo kidding?
It’s Thursday. What’s on your mind?
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