I am ashamed to have Andrews as our so called Premier. He supports the Chinese through secret MOU’s using Chinese finance and Chinese companies in Victoria in breach of his own national parties wishes whilst China at the same time pursues an obvious political trade vendetta against Australia seemingly all because we want to protect our sovereign rights against foreign power incursion. Andrews supports China as China tries to ruin Australia unless of course we allow China to buy Australia through so called investment. On top of this he is responsible for some 800 deaths, a management amnesia episode which proves eye watering incompetence and has racked up enough debt so we have to pay $4 billion in interest alone. Am I missing something?
Thursday, December 3, 2020
There is no honour in a nation devolving to the publication of images depicting false and repugnant acts which are intended to harm without the nebulous excuse of satire. Perhaps a challenged somewhat rapacious schoolboy or a moron troll but not an honourable nation.
Monday, November 2, 2020
It’s amazing how public opinion can be swayed by firstly inherent unshakable beliefs and secondly by continual spin through words and actions.
It doesn’t seem to matter what travesties have occurred because all is forgiven as a matter of course. The infamous ‘Stockholm’ syndrome is alive and well even on a grand scale. The perpetrators or captors do horrible things then convince their victims that they are in fact good people and to be admired through spin and their dedication to cause.
I refer to Andrews and his mis-management of Victoria. As a politician he seems to conform to the definition – a person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization.
This is not a political comment but a management issue.
Victoria is now trillions of dollars behind in direct costs plus eye watering losses of productivity and has seen some 800 people die as a result of Andrews mal administration of the so called Covid 19 second wave. This is not subject to discussion as it is proven beyond any doubt. A government with collective amnesia about who spent some $30 million to use private security in hotel quarantine instead of free ADF, refused the best contact tracing system, refused to replicate what other states and territories achieved and how they did it and watched as infection rates soared and ruined people’s lives does not deserve to manage anything.
Constant vacillation over imposed restrictions and mixed messages all demonstrate a government out of control. And, as we had precedents from all over the world and within Australia there was and is no excuse.
You can tell when a manager is out of his depth by the guilt trip of working 80+ hours a week in an effort to redress his own inabilities and dysfunctions and to be seen as ‘working hard’ so that people will see him getting more and more exhausted and feel for his dedication when in good management, interactions are controlled and delegated – not micro managed.
Mr Genuine then imposes more and more ‘restrictions’ in an effort to fix the issues he created. Restrictions which have been proven as useless. Still our ‘captor’ is seen as in control, dedicated, working hard and focused on his agenda of saving us. The spin is fear of death as well as ‘sympathy for his dedicated plight’ saving us and some 60% of people actually believe him. The Stockholm syndrome on a large scale is alive and well.
Andrews behaviour is foolish and dangerous as has been clearly demonstrated.
Good management is around 40% dedicated and focused work and 40% strategic planning with the remaining 20% being interactions with professionals who actually know what they are talking about. All of this accounts for perhaps 7 hours a day with the rest taken up with life, kids, golf, future. Not hard!
Out of control people work long hours with exponentially diminishing returns to try and do the job they are incapable of doing. For example, an expert ‘numbers’ person adds up a series of numbers in say 2 minutes whereas a person who does not see numbers as friends takes 4 minutes and has to work ‘really hard’ to get a result. Apart from the stress and anxiety of being out of their intellect zone it’s taken twice as long and cost twice as much. WIth Andrews he has proven to be well out of his capability zone having to work really hard to ‘catch up’ and what happens? - blunders, bungled processes, bad decisions and lost time. But, in this case, also 800+ lives.
One cannot just ignore what’s happened as that would disrespect those who had unnecessarily lost their lives, those who have suffered mental health issues as a result of the mal-administration and those who have lost their business, savings and financial security.
Remember, this terrible second wave need not have happened if Andrews had replaced ‘working hard’ real with cognitive thought with a team of experts leading to good management. All he needed to do was watch what our federal government and state and territory governments were doing and replicate same. Not unprecedented and not out of the ordinary unless you are a narcissist depending on and fixated by the need to be seen as one in absolute control.
The cost to Victoria is immense in terms of reputation, human suffering and financial loss. Worse, Victoria has negatively affected Australia’s reputation and caused massive financial loss. All this borrowed money will have to be paid back with interest for negative benefit – just catch up. Remember it was Andrews who spent $1.2b to NOT build a road. Financial insanity! How about selling out infrastructure Victoria to a foreign power with a secret MOU which caused such alarm bells as to force the Federal Government to enact legislation to be able to override rogue states making questionable decisions. How about Andrews and his management team suffering collective amnesia over spending $30m on private security for the botched hotel quarantine when professional support was offered for nothing.
It goes on and on and on.
We can’t change a government out of term unless supply is threatened and the body politic turn on the elected representatives through a motion of no confidence and this won’t happen unless people cross the floor and vote against their own inabilities. Not likely.
But, public pressure can mitigate change. Change in management. Let the politicians play at politicking and set in place a professional management team to transparently rescue Victoria and reset the bar. Disaster management, yes, but far more. For example how can we aspire to be anything unless we have a clear communicated vision leading to strategic directions leading to strategic plans leading to action plans leading to focused action. Yes, this is textbook business 101, is not new but is proven. Don’t ignore the millions of words written and acted on by companies and organisations worldwide for decades and decades.
I suggest Victorians demand the introduction of a highly qualified professional bi-partisan management team to rebuild Victoria from the top down starting with a vision we can all rally behind. This is not working hard but working smart. Treat Victoria as the failing organization it is and deal with required interventions instead of replacing focus with shouty rhetoric and having to be seen to be working hard to mitigate inability.
Imagine what we can achieve given focus, strength of purpose and an innate desire to act! All we need is a new professional, proven, high powered, respected and focused management team capable of leading that charge. The ‘jigsaw’ people capable of building a coherent picture from seemingly disparate pieces then handing the ‘plan’ to the ‘block’ people to action within explicit guidelines. [Reference jigsaw/block people to descriptions I coined some 30 years ago to describe the two critical areas of business needed for success. Simple, intuitive and true.]
The first and hardest stage in this process is an acceptance by all that this is indeed necessary. In this case not too hard given the obvious dysfunctions of this government. It takes a good manager to recognise personal shortcomings and deal with them by seeking professional advice. It takes an idiot to waddle through dysfunction with horrendous outcomes. If Victoria was a company, Andrews and his senior team would possibly be in goal from breaching his own legislation on corporate culpability leading to death.
But, politicians seem immune from actual responsibility continually wafting around with shouty seemingly sincere voices working hard to fix disaster whilst sinking further and further behind. These people are NOT our Stockholm heroes but merely elected ‘block people’ attempting to do a ‘jigsaw’ persons job. The second lurches from disaster to disaster whilst the first strategises, plans and sets in train specific objectives to achieve desired results.
This thinking is not hard and has been around for decades and decades.
In an ideal world Andrews would announce the formation of an arms length transparent advisory powerhouse professional management team ‘with teeth’ to set in train a program to reset Victoria away from the pariah mendicant state we have become. This ‘powerhouse’ to be seen as the independent team advising the government on what to do before the government applies themselves to focused action. Not behind closed doors but out there working with Victorians. A definite separation of responsibility. The bi-partisan powerhouse defines what needs to happen, why it needs to happen and when Vs the government’s responsibility to make it happen within commercial time frames.
There are many issues requiring this powerhouse including bush fire plans, covid19 plans, strategic vision development, infrastructure planning, homelessness plans, image creation, et alia. Quite a long list! Imagine how the world could see Victoria as the state embracing the future through powerhouse professional management away from shouty ‘look at me’ inappropriate rhetoric. Wow!
Politicking and narcissism need to be removed whilst the adults take over. Indeed, Andrews could be seen as a professional manager instead of the politician who killed Victoria.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
There is something intrinsically and inherently wrong with any manager who is responsible for other people’s money failing to take responsibility and validate the spending process. A manager does not just spend a few million dollars without exact validation from those in charge. Doing so is criminal.
With Andrews spending millions of dollars of our money on private contractors in hotel quarantine there can be no ‘creeping assumptions’ as to who actually ticked the ‘spend’ box. This is not play time, there are millions of dollars of our money seemingly spent for no reason as the ADF were offered for nothing and 800 are dead.
This is not a political statement, it is a comment on the appalling management and consequent mal administration of the hotel quarantine program in Victoria. Circa 800 innocent people lost their lives as a direct result of that mal administration.
If a manager did that in the private sector they would most probably be charged with fraudulent funds misappropriation but at the very least fired for stupidity. With Andrews it seems that level of mismanagement is accepted as the norm. Funds misappropriation and stupidity are accepted.
Politicians are good at getting elected and convincing us lemmings that they are strong, honest, knowledgeable and able. Remarkably, even in the face of proven disaster contradicting all those attributes, some will ignore incompetence and continue supporting obvious stupidity. After the Royal Commission into banking many many CEO’s and executives and board members were forced to fall on their sword. Yet, Andrews survives. How?
Any acceptance of a ‘creeping assumption’ should immediately trigger replacement of the entire management team for incompetence leading to mal-administration and also trigger civil and criminal investigation leading to charges. Remember at stake there are millions of dollars and sadly circa 800 lives lost.
This is serious. Monetary losses alone will top a trillion dollars, many people are dead, there are major issues with decreasing mental health and our country is going backwards thanks to Andrews mismanagement.
Just today NSW and VIC have almost the same number of cases yet NSW is firing on all fronts whilst Vic suffers draconian lockdown measures at the behest of Andrews and his incompetent management team. For example NSW has a 2sqm rule for outside dining and a 4sqm rule for inside dining. We have take home only with dining in prohibited! 26 weeks of lockdown for Victoria after Andrews bungled management
The cost to Victoria in lost productivity will be literally trillions.
A new management team is mandatory!
Monday, October 12, 2020
The Andrews government in Victoria is responsible for some 800 deaths [800 of the 900 for the whole of Australia!], billions of dollars of debt for Victoria and Australia and the bankrupting of thousands of small business. As every part of ‘Australia’ faced the same pandemic it is indeed obvious that Victoria’s failures were specific to Victoria and Andrews.
Obviously, Andrews and his key advisors [the memory lapse 8 et alia] lacked or knowingly suppressed [for private political agenda reasons as no one in their right mind kills 800 people!] the necessary intellect to construct the correct course of action remembering the rest of Australia was and is fine.
Indeed the facts were known and there were worldwide precedents to learn from yet Andrews ignored those facts and the second wave was born out of the mal-administration of hotel quarantine. Apart from his lack of cognition choosing the wrong course of action Andrews and his so called team couldn’t step back and deal with the outbreak at an intellectual level [thus affecting success] but instead choosing to display a complete lack of actual intelligence with knee jerk ‘rules’ set at random without validation by experts.
Fear had set in. Fear at government level is dangerous as the action of conation drives knee jerk actions based on that fear rather than intellect driving ‘step back’ thought. The four modes in this respect are determine real facts, take quick action to halt dysfunction, implement long term fixes and follow through reforming and adapting on the way. Not rocket science.
The federal government analysed the global situation, closed the borders and set in train the need to quarantine those seen at risk. The same federal government also offered expert support to enable the states to deal with the quarantine thereby taking care of the first two management issues.
Australia at this point seemed to be leading the world in decisive action so now it was up to the states to implement and follow through the quarantine process. People were dying all over the world so the need for urgent action was critical but driven by cognition and intellect.
Instead of implementing successful strategies with the support of the federal government as did the other states, Victoria decided to spend a few more million contracting private untrained security guards to monitor the quarantine process. The result being some 800 deaths from a 99+% certainty those deaths were the result of maladministration of that private security. Cognition and intellect had taken a back seat.
Now, fear had really set in but with rampant obfuscation, politicisation and blame shifting. Those in charge were out of their depth both cognitively and intellectually. Sheer panic and the fear of being blamed drove Andrews to want to be seen as the saviour instigating knee jerk curfews, travel restrictions et alia all the while the wearing of masks, social distancing and basic hygiene were proven to be the most effective anti-covid measures. The Andrews lockdown is causing thousands of bankruptcies and significant mental health issues which has and is decimating our state. No other state has chosen Victoria’s so called remedy because their systems were in place using the federal government’s offered support. No out of control ego, no empty rhetoric just cognitive action driven by intellect.
Victoria failed and it’s cost Australia some $14 billion dollars and 800+ deaths. This so dysfunctional and punctuated by the fact that NSW has more cases than us but is open and thriving. NSW manages the outbreak whilst we have a dearth of cognitive intellect.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he’ [proverbs 29:18] – The so called crisis council being Daniel Andrews, James Merlino, Tim Pallas, Jacinta Allan, Jenny Mikakos, Jill Hennessy, Martin Pakula and Lisa Neville obviously had no vision, no oversight, no responsibility, no management expertise and it seems no memory as all suffered inexplicable group amnesia over the refusal to use the offered ADF but instead to use private contractors costing millions of dollars and 800 lives. Failing to act in good faith is a failure to ‘keepeth the law’ with the result being confusion and chaos with no concrete ‘vision’ of returning to normal.
Once more unto the breach [a second wave of Covid] we are still stuck in minutia by being enveloped in a blame game that is both brain dead and dysfunctional but is still costing innocent lives and billions of dollars. Please don’t blame others or point to other countries misfortunes because Australia was under control with Covid 19 until Ruby Princess [28 dead] and Andrews quarantine maladministration [800 dead!].
This is a ‘management’ issue where elected politicians with little management experience pontificate from on high whilst the visionless minions try to make sense of gross stupidity and criminal mismanagement. 800 deaths and a trillion dollar debt is criminal.
There is no doubt that the Victorian labor government has been and is responsible for putting Victorians at risk through and by the mal administration of the so called second wave. Not only though as there is still the ramping up of unsustainable debt, not having a clear vision for Victoria, selling our sovereignty to a rogue power and failing to even make common sense. Andrews is the self appointed leader of that dysfunction but not the only culprit. The ‘gang of 8’ comes to immediate mind as a group of senior government people so far out of their comfort zone that collective amnesia has set in - as ably demonstrated at ‘the enquiry’.
No one is to blame so it seems for 800 deaths and a trillion dollar debt. No, not me, can’t remember, no one told me, my computer crashed, was sick that day, the dog ate the memo, aliens stole the email. Sadly, these are responsible adults holding down key management jobs yet they come across as 10 year old kids determined to get out of trouble by any obfuscation or fabrication possible.
It’s pathetic but worse it’s ‘adult’ pathetic with known consequences. Acting in bad faith doesn’t even come close. Mindless narcissistic drivel but with enormous ramifications for their victims – us!
It’s easy to devolve to minutia during periods of brain overload, as a matter of fact sometimes necessary to keep our sanity. But, this is not what we pay our leaders for. We pay them to actually think strategically. Simple. Shouty is not good.
This last week has been all about minutia and finger pointing over small things. Good television but led by pontificating idiots focused on blame shifting away from themselves.
May I repeat, this current so called second wave has been caused by the collective labor government and bureaucratic affiliates with each identified player adding their useless two bob’s worth. Let’s focus on 800 deaths and a trillion dollar debt instead of who said what to whom at 3:27pm. Or, is that too hard? Simple statistics show huge flaws in management and rhetoric.
It is a management problem!
Andrews has been and is wallowing in a sea of ineptitude. Not only are his shortcomings on show but it seems all concerned are also wallowing. This second wave should never have occurred yet it did because of sheer incompetence by a whole gaggle of politicians, bureaucrats, advisors and public officials. “I am too senior and beyond reproach”. Yeah, right.
The solution? We, the affected, demand Andrews and his cohorts apply some degree of intelligence to fixing the mess they created. Not only Covid19 but the debt burden and the sale of Victoria to a foreign power. Can they do this? No. They need help in the form of real and proven leaders from all sides of politics. Think what Don Argus did for Coles Myer after a management import created disaster. A calming strategic influence – right time right place.
I mean really, a curfew no one wanted or thought necessary [except Andrews], draconian lockdowns the same professionals thought unnecessary and a political ‘roadmap’ which was and is a joke to any business or indeed any thinking person.
I would be happier if it was the same Mexicans who invaded Telstra management and tried to screw the company before an Australian steadied the ship [Thodey]. In that case one could just ship them back to their home hole in the ground but we have an elected Government bent on staying in power by any means.
Therefore, we are stuck with the labor collective for a while albeit they must accept support from the real adults lest we all sink. Adults who think strategically such as Kennett, Keating, Costello and Gillard.
Oblivion is but a small step when good people fail to act - 800 lives lost and a trillion dollar debt is not political playtime. When the country divides, political leaders have failed. Simple, but watch the fools try and shoot the messenger.
It’s a shame that the pandemic response is but one of Andrews failures. A big one, but just one.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Why am I upset with the Victorian government [small g]?
Monday, September 14, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Rowan Dean [AFR] wrote of Premier Andrews - “.. a cesspit of self indulgent cosmopolitan culture and disastrous financial management.. ” and “… secret deals signed with Beijing overlords …” and “… his bungling treasurer …” . His opinion of his Federal counterpart was not much better. “… the scheming eunuch Al-Bo and his insane proclamations which would send Australia into a death spiral”. [paraphrased but not much]
Alas, Victoria has devolved, with this premier in charge, from a debt free prosperous and viable state to one of eye watering debt owed to ‘someone’ who will expect interest and security. That someone will own some $100 billion’s worth of Victoria. Yes, nearly a trillion dollars in debt over 7 or 8 years of mismanagement. We are now the pariah mendicant state.
How about secret deals with a regime which has, does and is proving on a daily basis to ignore the world in which it sits thereby putting our sovereignty at risk [HK, Taiwan, Sth China Sea, global trade rules, the WHO, Australia, USA, et alia]. He is also spending billions of our money on a ‘look at me’ power trip [ for example the subway and level crossings being built by a Chinese company] whilst ignoring offered funding from the Federal government on independently identified essential infrastructure [East West link - $1.2b thrown away]. How about funding the destruction of heritage properties [Sandringham golf course $10m] and destroying an inner suburban golf driving range to build more netball courts without thought of massive parking issues and whilst there is an existing huge netball centre 5 minutes away. How about proving a lack of rational thought by banning activities during our exposure to the global pandemic such as fishing, golf and archery which are all, by their very nature, social distancing. All as a “look at me I’m doing something to stop this pandemic all by myself”. No other state followed suit. Go figure.
Indeed, he and Victoria are a laughing stock from Canberra and from every other state. He is on his own in the real world and out of control but out of control threatening our sovereignty, our financial security and our future. People are dying! He even claims to have closed the country’s borders despite the Prime Minister doing just that. Perhaps it didn’t occur to him that he CAN’T close ‘national’ borders or claim credit.
THE SECOND WAVE
The so called second wave is all Andrews doing in that he refused to listen to the others who got it right [everyone else], refused to accept help [ADF with contact tracing], refused the bees knees of contact tracing software and instigated draconian ‘look at me’ rules [curfew] which no expert believes will do any good but many believe will exacerbate mental harm. Now we find out he deliberately misled parliament, the police and health services. History proves just how badly conceived and managed that was - mal administered and mal managed – knee jerk crap from people who shouldn’t be let run a two person tea room. After refusing expert help he spent millions of dollars of our money on private security firms without safeguards or oversight. This terrible management decision by Andrews caused the so called second wave with further losses of billions more dollars for Victoria and Australia PLUS a loss of productivity which will have an eye watering number attached. Far worse, this has cost hundreds of lives – all as a direct result of Andrews look at me inept management.
He has recently removed support for circa 50,000 tradies [sole traders] and partnerships that don’t employ others. Obviously he doesn’t believe sole traders or small business are worth saving.
His thinking and statements are truly bizarre. He has mooted a 9pm curfew [from 8pm] providing we mere lemmings are very very good and he has said restaurants will be allowed to open stressing outside dining and density limits on inside. A couple of issues therein. Firstly, this is Melbourne we live in with its very changeable weather so no, outside dining will never replace inside. Secondly people will have to race through a very early dinner to get home by 8/9pm. Obviously Andrews does not go out a lot because this will just not happen.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Personally I would like to see all those responsible frog marched out of Parliament into their own quarantine centre for say 6 months socialising with all the known Covid19 infected – as they have let happen to others! And yes, pay for their own hotel room and meals. However, realistically or lawfully that will not happen and we cannot change Government on a whim as much as I would like to.
But, in the short term, what we can do is change responsibility for critical issues such as anything threatening our sovereignty, spending and anything to do with Covid19 and, for good measure, throw in dealing with homelessness. Let Andrews run the day to day minutia whilst bringing in a team of proven ‘can-do’ people [those that can galvanise transparent action] to get us back on track - just as in dealing with rogue suburban councils.
The irony of this is that this is what Andrews should have done from the start. If you don’t have the expertise then, go and get it. Simple business 101! Don’t pontificate with ‘look at me’ rhetoric whilst the state is haemorrhaging and people are dying.
Harsh? It can’t get more serious on several fronts. Andrews needs to admit a problem and bring in the new short term can-do management team. In this he will be seen as strong, in control and delivering for the people of Victoria as a leader who recognises when to get help. Reverse narcissism – good!
Send out a distress call to well proven leaders and experts for help. How about Keating, Kennett, Costello and Gillard establishing an expert team to bring us back on track. Wow! Great people all, bi-partisan and proven leaders. Just 3 months and we could be seen once again as the state that deals with issues on the front foot, quietly, respectfully and with transparent purpose.
Premier, please lead from the rear – a long way to the rear!
Monday, September 7, 2020
Very broadly speaking, there are two types of people who deal with planning but from different perspectives and mindsets. Each has a role to play but rarely do both attributes reside in the one person.
There are the ‘block’ people who build success by gradual change from the bottom up. This is the minutia set, the people who are happiest when dealing with individual issues and are critical to the success of basically everything. Nuts and bolts! Without their dedication to keeping stuff happening we would not have a world. Their ‘escape’ is for example ‘science fiction’ where their brains can wax lyrical and expand into the unknown.
The second lot are the ‘jigsaw’ people who can visualise the big picture and how all the bits fit. There are less of these people because the demand is less. Dealing with minutia for these people is hard because inherent focus is different. Their escape is to for example to meticulously clean the golf clubs before challenging the unwinnable [grass].
This gets really hard for sole traders and small business people. ‘Poiders Plumbing’ is run by a block person happily dealing with minutia but needs to understand and market himself as a jigsaw person in order to thrive. Wendy’s events business is all about bringing together the many facets of a function to create success but has real difficulty in hands on. Different people, different jobs.
In management there is a dysfunction line when people cross the boundary between minutia and jigsaw - either way. A great manager decides to ‘roll up his sleeves’ and get stuck in. A noble cause? Not really. It may be therapeutic for a while but his mindset is in a different place and it will not work long term. But, every now and again, devolving to minutia is a defence mechanism to stop us going crazy. Going the other way, the minutia person enters an expanded universe over the line and is immediately uncomfortable because there is no one-thing on which to focus. Again, it will not work. Everyone has heard the expression, ‘promoted to a level of incompetence’. Well, this can be a reason why.
This dysfunction rears its ugly head when we look at our elected representatives coming from all walks of life expected to cement our collective future in a changing world. They love the election because they can pontificate at length about single issues pretending they are in control. Not so. The ‘look at me’ syndrome is born of shouty people who would be better served by a job within the bureaucracy. Shout long enough and people will believe.
An expression used a lot by people who are basically out of control is ‘we are working hard’ but all they are really saying is that they are in fact out of control and having to work harder and harder to keep their collective heads above water.
The in control person says, ‘We are achieving our published goals and, this is how we are doing it’.
In charge, but wallowing around without a clear and communicated vision and subsequent plan does not cut it. It confuses the block people trying to action anything and it confuses those who need to know.
When a crisis hits all the management flaws come to the surface. Good times management is relatively easy as all is tickety boo and we ignore small issues because in the big picture they don’t really matter. ‘She’ll be right mate’. And, for the ‘lucky country’, this axiom has worked for years and years.
Now we have an axiom contradictor in the form of a virus threatening and indeed changing our way of life. The pressure is on and merely ‘working hard’ is insufficient.
Andrews ‘roadmap’ delivered yesterday as a plan to beat the contradictor was inept because it had no vision other than ‘please God may the virus go away if we are all good little boys and girls’. There was no vision of a future other than a return of sorts to pre-Covid. He delivered same in his shouty voice and stare down manner trying to be seen as in control.
Yet we know, he was responsible for the mal administration causing this second wave, huge monetary losses and hundreds of lives. He is out of control and has been for the last 8 years. An elected representative out of his comfort zone but refusing to do what all good managers do, seek advice from experts, develop a vision people can identify with and take transparent action to achieve that future.
Hard? Of course it’s hard. It’s hard in good times let alone during a crisis.
Victoria has a tough road to follow to get out of the world perception that we are the out of control pariah mendicant state. We need a mantra which can both lead and enthuse. If I may quote from Robin Sharma - “I am more than I appear to be, all the worlds strength & power rests inside me.” A great line which could also serve Victoria well as we bolt out of this crisis. Victoria - "I am more than I am being quiet, determined, respectful and focussed."
This is the sort of focussing vision we need to be supported by a bunch of real goals thrusting us into the future. Not a minutia led ‘level crossing maintenance’ objective but real visionary stuff. The sort of vision Keating, Button and Howard had, combined with the strength Hawke had to galvanise a nation, the financial smarts of Costello and the CEO Premier showcased by Kennett.
What we have is quite different. We have a minutia led Premier trying to focus on just one thing being to eradicate the virus. It happened on his watch and he is responsible for the mal administration costing billions of our dollars and many many lives. He needs to fix it.
But is he capable? Obviously a minutia / block thinker trapped in a jigsaw thinking job. So, no he is not capable. Worse, he has refused to recognise obvious shortcomings and get appropriate help.
None of us can claim to be the absolute fund of all knowledge but the better of us recognise this and seek support. The more serious the matter the more this is critical.
Obviously, my opinion of Andrews is not very high as it relates to the job he is not doing. But it doesn’t mean there is not a way out. Andrews needs to cede management control for Covid 19 to an expert team removed from government – as good managers who know their limits do. He also needs to develop a vision for Victoria which people will gladly follow. He needs to communicate a positive ‘carrot driven’ plan to extract ourselves from Covid normal to be seen globally as a dynamic state dealing with pressure. He also needs to develop a set of long term goals people will flock to. Then he needs to action those goals through transparent plans communicable to us mere lemmings.
Basically, business 101.
We don’t have basic business ‘101’. We have people trapped in the wrong job.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
When does maladministration turn into manslaughter? How many deaths are on whose hands? Are we so immune to death from this virus that we just accept another '12' people succumbed, then another 12 then another 25 and on and on and on? We celebrate 'only' 9 deaths! Are we that insular?
The rather glib statement 'unprecedented times' is used as the catch phrase to justify any and all actions. The problem there is that a good chunk of the world was going through the pandemic well before us and we knew what was required, when it was required and by whom protection was supposed to be actioned. There were many many precedents to learn from. The problem arises when those precedents were ignored, people run around like headless chooks while the head part still pontificates at length with definitive me-me statements. 'It's just a flesh wound' comes to mind [Monty Python]. As bits fall off there is no recognition of impending disaster or, in this case, just more brain-mouth-body disconnect drivel from the chook's head.
This is not play time. It is 'deadly' serious.
Victoria is singled out as the pariah state being completely out of control with quarantine mal administered by people unable to manage a 2 person tea room. Indeed Victoria alone refused national support with professional administration and it's put us in deep trouble with many many dead. The chooks head was still pontificating as if it was still in control?
My views on Premier Andrews and his handling of the Coronavirus are based on demonstrated behaviours and not the man. After all, I don’t know him personally and plan to keep it that way. He, as a person, is entitled to the same respect as everyone else. My published focus is on his demonstrated ‘management’ and not party politics because it’s too easy to shoot the messenger with politics but bloody hard with management incompetence.
Indeed, in last Saturday’s AFR it was revealed that the reporter who attempted to get Andrews to answer just who was responsible for the quarantine mess was subsequently pestered with all sorts of abuse, including death threats, from the zombie trolls most using the twitter hash tag ‘I stand with Dan’. These people are the dross of our society but obviously support Andrews. The fact that he doesn’t call them out is indicative. I would have thought a ‘death threat’ from a moron was a tad close to hate speech and a criminal matter. The very fact that he engenders this sort of ‘protection’ with his followers feeling the need to ‘kill’ those who question him is unfortunately indicative of Andrew’s behaviour. Think what’s happening in HK at the moment.
Incidentally, I don’t think Andrews is evil as some portray, just a narcissistic incompetent based on his behaviour and able to get elected by that dross. He is so far out of his depth it’s palpable. Trump but on the other side.
It might be worth noting that the results of Andrew’s maladministration has not only cost billions of dollars for Victoria and Australia but real people’s lives. This is NOT the same as a corporate screw up as these ‘mistakes’ kill people.
It is very pointed that all other states are doing well but not the pariah mendicant Victoria led by a narcissistic Premier who wants the limelight so much he alone refused help from the national government [being the other side of politics] to curb the outbreak in the form of the ADF and seems to be lying about he and his so called team attending briefings [AFR].
I can understand the Prime Minister not openly criticising Andrews [Article – Roskam – AFR] as it could be too dysfunctional but at what point can he no longer keep quiet? We are currently seen by the rest of the world as fools and, we are because we put up with our state government unable to manage.
We need to remove Andrews from any position of authority in regard to Covid19 and install a ‘temporary’ professional management team.
Every death is an exclamation point in this regard.
Let Andrews deal with the basic minutia of running Victoria whilst the new at-arms-length ‘team’ stops this continuing disaster. I can’t help but think of Beirut where maladministration ended so tragically. This is not a political comment or a change in Government but a management issue.
Critically Andrews spent the piggy bank before Covid19, borrowed billions to fund his ‘look at me’ spending, developed links with China for more money even against his own parties wishes and now is once more out of control – and I mean ‘out of control’ in the true sense of the words.
Please bring in a professional management team of well known and respected people able to hit the ground running and transparently deal with Covid19 quickly before more money is lost, reputations are shredded and most importantly, more lives lost.
Andrews needs to run the parking ticket branch and let the grownups deal with our state.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
The Australian Financial Complaints Authority [AFCA] has been and is seemingly supporting Zurich insurance to avoid paying out lawful travel insurance claims. Despite clear evidence.
Zurich as a global company with teams of researchers, actuaries and analysts all mitigating risk through known events knew there was a pandemic looming circa 2019 [Covid19] which would [standard terms and conditions small print] negate any insurance claim yet they still took people’s money for travel insurance in that exact knowledge and knowing quite well that they would never have to pay out. ‘A false pretence’. Obtaining money under false pretences is at the very least fraudulent misrepresentation.
As long as AFCA fail to curb obvious dysfunctions there can and will be no change. Following the Royal Commission’s scathing reports on companies such as Zurich and indeed the AFCA itself, it is indeed obvious that there is no change to past practices.
You may gather I am a little tense.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Dear all,Angry does not describe how I feel about Daniel Andrews.His government’s absolute mismanagement of our state has cost us, Victoria, literally billions. Billions we don’t have because he’s spent it and had to borrow squillions from the Chinese just to feed his ongoing funds mismanagement. The last time it was this bad was under Cain / Kirner. Go figure.Worse, Victoria is now the pariah state and seen as such by the rest of the country. It’s cost us personally circa $30,000 over the 10 weeks of the last lockdown and something similar this time - and we are only one tiny little restaurant. We will survive because we are financially secure – ish, have a great customer base and have planned for this sort of contingency. Hundreds of businesses will not survive.In terms of sport, he has finally figured out that we can still play golf because it’s naturally self distancing. The rest of the country figured this out long ago and continued to play during the last lockdown. We were then seen as a joke. I despair.Similar, archery is a non contact, naturally socially distancing sport. This is a no-brainer. Yet it’s banned. Why, when golf driving ranges are open? What’s wrong with archery when it’s so similar to the golf driving range? No logic – no sense. [UPDATE 15/7/20 - HE'S NOW BANNED DRIVING RANGES AS WELL]We have a second pandemic wave because the premier sent a whole raft of mixed messages. For example, allowing 10,000 people to march in the city. She’ll be right mate.It’s not right, mate! Idiot.Now we have security guards also allocated by Andrews looking after hotel quarantine allegedly screwing detainees then tootling back to their family's with a healthy dose of COVID. Fantastic.How about a few religious festivals where bunches co-mingle generating more and more very healthy COVID infections which are on the march - with a healthy disregard for humans.Then he gets on TV and espouses responsibility without taking blame for the absolute mismanagement. Mismanagement which has cost us money, lives, huge disruption and a loss of reputation. The KIWI travel bubble just burst.This is not a liberal / labour gripe, it’s a plea to get rid of Andrews before he destroys Victoria. What does it take for Victorians to see through this shambolic disaster?We have been forced into this second and now necessary lockdown because of absolute mismanagement. How many lives have been ruined by his continuing out of control crap. No, it’s not easy but then there are supposed to be bunches of very bright people advising the Victorian government supporting good decisions. Apparently not so.This needs to be treated just like the rogue local councils which were stood down because of ineptitude and replaced by an interim bunch of ‘change agents’.I look at the Victorian government hierarchy and, as I said before, despair. Unfortunately the ability to get elected does not mean talent at anything other than getting elected.Victoria has a narcissistic rogue government which is out of control but before we succumb and fold let’s bring in a focused management team to take over and try and resurrect disaster.This is not a change in government, it is a change in responsibility.And boy, are there several people who could make this happen in the short term, even if they were very very reluctant. Paul Keating, Julie Bishop, Geoff Kennett, Peter Costello, Julia Gillard et alia. Give me 10 minutes and even I could think of a team of 10 which could change the world. People who are respected for their intelligence, ability to recognise and create change in the face of great odds and garner a following from us mere lemmings. It would be nice if just one person could lead the change but there just aren’t too many Churchill's around.If I can see this disaster as an overworked cook / dishwasher [now currently underworked] then everyone can.Speak up and stop the crap.Regards,Langevad J [MBA et alia]