News & Blog
- Thursday, 18 April 2013
Following on from the last edition of our Newsletter (“Who’s Responsibility”), there has been particular interest in how to get employees to take proper responsibility and ownership of their duties, and amazement at how much tax Rio Tinto (and other companies) pay compared to what we get for it. So how do you judge Value for Money? With deals and discounts aplenty, the tendency has been to expect the cake but pay only for the base. How else do you explain for instance the complaint from a cruise ship passenger who booked an inside cabin and complained that the cabin didn’t have Ocean views? I guess you received what you paid for? The annoying part is when the opposite occurs. Here’s some examples.
- Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Who’s responsibility is it to teach (and learn) Responsibility? The irresponsible (but increasingly commonly accepted) answer is: Somebody Else. One day, hopefully soon, I’ll find this person named Somebody Else. They have a huge load to carry, and must be so intuitively smart to have all the answers, that the experience will surely be like meeting God.
- Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Computer (or Mobile App) Games are usually seen as something anti-social, very time consuming, and almost evil. I don’t usually have the time to even try, but decided to take an interest in a game called Hayday that my kids enjoyed. It’s a Farming Commerce game, and I now encourage my kids to play it regularly. Why? Well, it’s actually teaching them the basics of running and growing a small business.
- Monday, 18 February 2013
“We don’t need no Education – We don’t need no Self Control” – not many people wouldn’t be aware of Pink Floyds epic song ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, and instantly connect these basic words to a slow and captivating beat. The fact that so many people have learned the lyrics/tune is astounding, especially when the words themselves say we don’t need to learn things or conform – kind of hypocritical. It’s a great song, but I’ll disagree with the lyrics in that I think we need both education and perhaps even more self control (personal responsibility).
- Friday, 8 February 2013
Whether we like it or not, discrimination has existed in all societies since inception. Unfortunately, as society evolves, it’ll continue to increase and become more prevalent because communication is increasingly instant and easily distributed.
- Tuesday, 29 January 2013
The ability to remotely control mining equipment not only removes people from hazardous and inhospitable working environments, it offers opportunities for increased efficiency, productivity and profitability in mining and construction. Research conducted at the CSIRO will enable the safe and effective use of telerobotic control of mining equipment over distances of thousands of kilometres. To offer operators increased levels of immersion and robotic control, the technology was trialled in 2008 on a rock breaker machine operated at Rio Tinto’s West Angeles iron ore mine and controlled by an operator at a distance of 1,000km away in Perth.
- Sunday, 20 January 2013
The immediate answer is NOTHING. Currently, all quick hitches that have a device (can be a manual locking pin) that prevent the bucket from falling off the hitch are allowed to be used in Australia.
However, this is likely to change in the future. Over the last year, there were two deaths in NSW related to buckets falling off excavators and crushing a person in the vicinity of the machine. The Coroners investigations are still ongoing, however in both cases, the manual locking pin had not been inserted. Workcover NSW commenced down the path of legislating to ban semi-automatic manual-pin quick hitches and drafted a paper to change over to fully automatic quick hitches (with indication). The draft paper was quickly withdrawn because of feedback critiquing the retrospective nature and costs involved in replacing previously compliant hitches, and at present, there is no new legislation banning any type of quick hitch currently being sold.
- Monday, 7 January 2013
A New Year heralds the time of the year when many of us set new goals and resolutions. Unless we believe strongly enough in the Goals or the need to change, it is unlikely we’ll be successful. Most people resent change, but there is a great book written by Spencer Johnson in 1998 titled “Who Moved My Cheese?” It depicts peoples’ adversity to changing with the times, in particular highlighting that an arrogance to not embracing change can impact on our very existence. Commonly used as a phrase to promote “change or die” agendas, the true message of the book is that by continuously exploring new options, the characters of the book find nicer cheese and a greater variety of choices.