Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No Dickheads, Please.

Recently the Sydney Swans won their first premiership in seventy-two years. One of the stories to come out of the post-victory analysis concerns the recruitment policy of the Swans.

While interviewing the recruitment manager for the team, one of the specific policies that was mentioned is a policy called, in a wonderfully to-the-point way, the “No Dickheads” policy. The manager stated “You won’t find any dickheads in our team”.

Apparently this comes down to two factors. One is that the team has instituted a player welfare scheme that aims to provide training and support for the players to keep them out of trouble and keep them playing.

More interestingly, though, is that the team has overlooked potential recruits with “superior skills” because they didn’t have the right character. Says the manager “I won't name the names, but we've been laughed at sometimes for overlooking kids because they didn't have the qualities we wanted…a few years later, the same blokes are making headlines for the wrong sort of things. They’re underperforming”.

Having just finished “Good to Great”, it made me wonder about the Swans performance. It seems Jim Collins provides the basis for this policy with the summary point;

“Whether someone is the “right person” has more to do with character traits and innate capabilities than with specific knowledge, background, or skills”.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Unbelievable and frightening

Plot from a novel I read recently.

On the most significant day of the sporting calendar, when literally an entire country stops to watch the main event, a shadowy law is rushed through the democratic parliament with debate curtailed to just ten minutes. The laws allow unprecedented powers of arrest, without explanation, justification, and most significantly, without publication. They are to be used willy-nilly by the 'intelligence' agencies against yet more shadowy dissenters, criteria unknown.

I lied - this isn't a novel. It's about to happen.

When the Melbourne Cup starts, say a little prayer for sanity whilst you pray for your horse.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Oil, Chemicals, Environmental Protection.

From Fortune magazine, the annual Social Responsibility index.

There is just something very wrong with this table, don’t you think?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Read This:

Read it RIGHT NOW!

Ipod's Ugly Boring Stupid Cousin

Great quote from a Slate article about how the Motorola ROKR iTunes phone, well, kinda sucks, and how people might not want a device that does everything.

"I associate my BlackBerry with work," a friend retorted to me. "I use my iPod to forget about work. I don't want it to fucking ring."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Woot! Mod chips not illegal after all.

In a judgement hot off the bench the High Court of Australia has deemed that mod-chips that allow you to play games from different regions are not illegal. It deemed that the technology implemented by games companies allows them to artificially control prices in different parts of the world. Link to article here and the judgement here.

Now if they could only do something about my Indonesian copy of GT2 that turned out to be Barbie Detective.