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Sydney Trains and Bridge

The Train Story – a journey, an experience, and a feeling!

March 21, 2017 No Comments

Bob Selden ©2017

I was travelling by train from Circular Quay to Central (in Sydney) one morning some years ago. Quietly sitting there reading, I found myself suddenly listening to the train guard’s announcements. Now train travellers reading this will readily testify that when the guard makes an announcement, rather than the recorded message, it’s often quite dull or hard to understand. Whether it’s the recorded message or the guard’s message, few people (apart from tourists) listen to these messages.

This one was different.

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20 is the magic number

August 1, 2009 No Comments


What gets rewarded usually gets done. So, when CEOs earn more than 364 times the pay of the average worker, it’s only natural they will focus almost exclusively on short term, bottom-line results. There has to be a better way. So what is the appropriate way to pay a CEO?

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Are you dead on the job?

December 1, 2008 No Comments


Here’s a challenge for you. Find someone doing something good today and tell them what a good job they’re doing. Because praise is the thing that motivates us the most, even though it takes so little time and costs nothing.

There’s a story doing the rounds at the moment about the worker who was dead at his desk for five days before anyone discovered him.  The story goes …

“Bosses of a publishing firm are trying to work out why no one noticed that one of their employees had been sitting dead at his desk for five days before anyone asked if he was feeling okay.

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What do you get when you pay people to perform?

November 22, 2008 No Comments


Many organisations today are looking to increase their bottom line by paying their people to improve individual performance.  Do such policies really work?  Are there any downsides?

I recently read a disturbing report in the daily newspaper about an air crash in Indonesia. The article (in the Sydney Morning Herald, 12/4/07) read in part; “Pilot may have been saving fuel in crash.

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Have you been appreciated lately?

November 22, 2008 No Comments


Six steps to make yourself and others feel better at work.

We all want to be associated with a winner, be it a winning person, a winning team, a worthwhile cause or a successful organisation. We all have sports people, teams, actors or artists that we consider “ours”. When they do well, we bask in their reflected glory.

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