GE captured the top award as the world’s most admired company for the third year in a row, followed by Toyota.

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The two big movers into the global top ten during 2007 were BMW (ranked 9th) and PepsiCo (10th). Hay Group managing director Richard Hardwick said the survey showed the most admired companies “more actively manage” their chief executives and were more effective in leadership succession.

softwareforyourbrain.thumbnail1.gifSoftware For Your Brain can be found in the following Libraries of Australia:

ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services.
Australian Institute of Management (NSW & ACT)
Bayside Library Service.
Canberra Institute of Technology.
Challenger TAFE.
Charles Sturt University.
City of Boroondara Library Service
Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation.
Fairfield City Council. The Whitlam Library
Hurstville City Library
Ipswich City Library and Information Service
James Cook University
Kingston Information and Library Service
Liverpool City Library
Moreland City Libraries
National Library of Australia
Port Phillip Library Service. St Kilda Library
State Library of Victoria
State Library of Western Australia
Stonnington Library and Information Service. Toorak / South Yarra Library
Sutherland Shire Libraries. Central Library Sutherland
Wollongong City Council. Wollongong City Library
Woollahra Municipal Council. Woollahra Library and Information Service

I turned 60 yesterday. The thought of it was much worse than the reality. Now that I am 60 it seems quite a good thing … compared to the alternative. Three dear friends took me to lunch today and we all exchanged some war stories which is always a satisfying thing to do.

0.gif I can now get a Seniors Card which means I have the right, amongst other things, to fish anywhere in the State of Victoria without a licence. I suppose this perquisite makes it all worthwhile. People are all telling me that “60 is the new 40″ etc. But I tell them that my father wrote me on my 40th, “Happy Birthday Son, and, to have reached 40 is to have failed in life”. Dad was a very funny man.

Lyndall Crisp of the Australian Financial Review is loose with the facts. Crisp tells us (p61, AFR 16/05/07) that Edward de Bono now claims to have originated ‘software for the brain’.

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This ‘news’ is in spite of the fact that a very convenient Google Scholar search would have provided Crisp with the inconvenient fact that Software for the Brain was written by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson 18 years before Edward makes this claim!

Has Edward had another memory lapse? Has AFR‘s Crisp had a fact-check lapse? Or, is this like BRW‘s Leo D’Angelo Fisher ‘thinking hats’ deja vu all over again? Come on Fairfax, give the Aussie product a fair go. Let’s get it right!

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Ross Cambell author of Crisis Control says:

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“Recent global crises have proven that the majority of stakeholders in an escalating crisis will seek ‘first response’ information from the website of the party involved. It will be immediate. It will be high traffic. It will be interactive. The Virginia Tech crisis website was a good example of this.

“Those companies that do not have crisis-ready websites and supporting technology may lose control of their message and their slow response adds another crisis to the original crisis. The crisis-ready websitite is the most essential drive of an organisation’s message strategy. It can be used for immediate warnings internally. Information updates. Victim support. Virtual media conferences. Community trauma and counselling support and, importantly, recovery plans and business continuity.

“And when cell phones fail, as they have often done in high traffic crises, SMS messaging has shown to still get through.”