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St George's Hospital: CQC report reveals details of heart unit feud - BBC News
Complex heart operations were moved out of London's St George's Hospital in September after a leaked document revealed a "toxic" row had contributed to an above average death rate.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said mediation worked only briefly, with "poor behaviour" soon returning.

The trust said its cardiac surgery was safe and improvements had been made.
NHS  scandal  culture  problem 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
Why the phrase ‘first world problem’ is condescending to everyone | Books | The Guardian
first world problem [...] To pre-emptively concede that my problem is just a first world one is to ostentatiously check my privilege before anyone else tells me to do so. At the same time, I remind myself and everyone in earshot that we are indeed living in the “first world”. So it is also a humblebrag. [...] For a start, it patronises those outside the “first world” by implying that hunger, disease and war are not only prevalent among the global poor but in some way the sole conditions of their lives. It implicitly characterises the less fortunate majority of the world’s population as saintly idiots who would never dream of complaining about anything more trivial. In the guise of right-on sympathy, we condescendingly picture others as living lives of homogeneous horror while rhetorically rendering them invisible as people, denying the individuality of everyone’s various joys and sorrows. [...] As is well known, we all compare ourselves to others close by, and feel bad if we are ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Greene: How to Master Anything and Achieve Greatness by Lewis Howes | Free Listening on SoundCloud
craft a career path that suits ur interest. what are u getting excited abt every day. helps with learning, deep learning! the more passion. the more knee deep u are in. increases ability to learn. // go through apprenticeship, and tour of duty. its skills skills skills. 3, 4, 5, 6, ... live in hyper competitive world (globalisation) // information has to become accumulated, stored, put into action again and again (retrieval). // social intelligence, EQ, forging your own path, // let your work speak for itself, for you. // social intelligence // 10000 hours // you become the product of your education (environment). // Napoleon // we life in a complex world, master your complex field, ideas come to you. philosophers stone. // its about problem solving. its not sexy and glamorous // entrepreneurship is about character, worth more than an ivy league degree // go where you learn most, start-up // u dont want people 2 love u, u have no control over it, it is not needed. its abt skills.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they aren't telling you about work - YouTube
hollowing out // automation - vs - skill & problem solving (figuring out how to automate/put something together/create new) - vs - end of the chain work (low end, manual, repetitive, service...) // within the next 20 years, 47% of jobs in developed world could be replaced by robots/automation/machines // Future of Work is about problem solving, not putting (end of the chain) things together. figuring out the new, making the new, making something better, more efficient, faster, better quality, ... // and as it stands now, those who reap the rewards will be few. and gov policy, ie tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax code, fairness, --- gains have to be shared.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: A good problem to have: Andy Dunn and Phil Libin talk about the difficult decision to fire themselves
At the beginning of your company when you are always a couple of months away from going out of business and every crisis is an existential crisis, because all you’re trying to do is optimize for staying alive. That is the happiest and simplest time in your company… everything else is in the good problem to have category, which is like “Good news, you’re kind of successful that’s why you’re having it. Bad news is it’s more stressful than anything else before.” &! As a founder your instinct is to put something new in the world... you start a company because you are irreverent. You start a company because you want to create something out of nowhere, and the paradox is that if you are successful with that, and then a job evolves from an act of creativity and irreverence. Focus and execution and scaling become equally important as [creativity and irreverence]. You have to ask yourself am I a fit for what the job requires?
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Product  scaling  Problem  Solving  accelerated  learning  Failure 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How World of Warcraft Could Save Your Business and The Economy - YouTube - Hagel is/was Deloitt CEO? // working in a self-organising group, << big corporation. multi-product company. // Start-up of You - invent your own dashboard for you. OKR & continual learning, exploration, execution, challenging yourself. getting up again after failure and learning/analysing it and trying again. &! passion, curiosity, interest driven. //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Weltlehrerpreis: Deutsche Lehrerin aus Groß-Gerau unter den TOP 50 - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine Grundhaltung, der auch Hachemer selbst folgt: Es gehe darum, Starke und Schwache zu fördern, Chancengleichheit herzustellen und Projekte zu ermöglichen. "Dahinter steht der Gedanke, dass die Schulzeit eine Zeit der Möglichkeiten sein sollte und keine Zeitverschwendung", sagt die Lehrerin für Englisch, Deutsch und darstellendes Spiel, "das ist ein Leitbild, das mich antreibt und ich weiß, dass es vielen Lehrern so geht." Das Ansehen der Lehrer heben
education  policy  social  mobility  Gini  coefficient  practical  skills  Bulimielernen  practical  skill  set  Problem  Solving  Year  of  Code  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Work  Bulimie  lernen  learning  for  tests 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
My Computer Language is Better than Yours — Backchannel — Medium
&! - Xamarin vs Appmethod vs Parse [(Facebook), iOS centric, and hosting service] &! "Anyway, it takes patience and effort to learn a new coding language; developers choose carefully. Says Payne: “What I look for more when picking a new language is the other people who are flocking to that language — because those are the people you’re going to be dependent on for libraries, for documentation. You want to know if you’re moving into the right town, I guess.”"
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report | Motherboard
via The respondents overwhelmingly agree that this lovely future where robots do the work and humans design the robots and everyone has leisure time and lots of money only exists in a fantasy future where the school systems pump out a shitload of Elon Musks and Sergey Brins—or, at the very least, people who can reliably work at the companies those guys own. [...] only the best-educated humans will compete with machines [...] and education systems [around the world] are still sitting students in rows & columns, teaching them to keep quiet and memorize what is told to them, preparing them for life in a 20th century factory.” // Rise of Service Jobs (dominance) in USA, even post-GFC. // ADD:
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Changing Nature of Middle Class Work
The economy is changing in structural ways that affect not just the job market but the nature of work itself. If we ask, what is work?, the conventional answer is tasks that somebody will pay us to do. This is true, but it doesn't address why someone is willing to pay us. The answer is to create value. ... [ Skills, not Expertise. ] ...... As technology's ability to replace costly human labor moves from the factory floor to the service sector, the nature of middle class work is changing. [ IBM's company wide Pivot over +10 years from HW to Services and Software Company. With the accompanying downsizing. ] ... Jobs that can be learned in a few hours are prone to being replaced by machines. [...] The protected sectors beset by soaring costs (healthcare, higher education, major weaponry programs, finance, etc.) will undergo the creative destruction of technology-based productivity gains for the reason that they are already unaffordable, not just to households but to the nation.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? - YouTube
when you sleep certain genes are switched on, responsible for restoration (recovery), energy savings, brain function (efficiency, learning, storing into long-term memory, creativity enhanced, problem solving enhanced), metabolism, .... ie study has shown people who have no REM sleep for 3 days turn shizophrenic. ie studies have shown, sleep deprivation slows down metabolism. body is stressed and slows down the metabolism. stress hormone cortisol goes up. you tend to eat more. get fat over time vs normal sleep and normal cortisol levels.
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september 2013 by asterisk2a
An introduction to the Cuckoo Clock Syndrome : RSA blogs

Policymakers and leaders often treat Wicked problems as though they were Tame or Critical (and sometimes vice versa)

Wicked problems cannot be treated like Tame or Critical problems. By their very nature these problems – whether it be obesity, issues of mental health or anti-social behaviour – are not caused by a single factor but rather a complex web of drivers; social, economic and environmental. Attempting to solve them with a single, discreet intervention is misguided and likely to be counterproductive.

Likewise, occasionally policymakers decide to treat Wicked problems as though they are a Crisis. The reason why our leaders choose to react to problems with inappropriate responses is partly because they need to be seen as courageous and as having a strong handle on the problem.

Wicked problems require ‘Clumsy’ rather than ‘Elegant’ solutions that combine different ‘cultural understandings’
leadership  decision  making  problem  solving  skill  policy-makers  policy  folly  policy  error  public  policy  politicalscience  political  economy  political  theory  academia  politics 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
Staatsmiese: Warum Sparorgien den Schuldenschlamassel verschlimmern - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Der Druck der Finanzmärkte ist gewaltig. Deshalb folgen alle Staaten brav dem Diktat der Haushaltssanierung, kürzen Ausgaben und erhöhen Steuern. Allerdings ist diese Politik extrem kurzsichtig: Sie vernichtet Wohlstand und löst das Problem der hohen Verschuldung nicht.

Man darf nicht vergessen, dass die Schuldenlast in absoluten Beträgen wenig aussagt, sondern sich nur im Verhältnis zur Wirtschaftsleistung sinnvoll bewerten lässt.

Eine Faustregel fasst diese Logik zusammen: Der Schuldenstand eines Staates stabilisiert sich bei dem Wert, der sich ergibt, wenn man das Haushaltsdefizit durch das nominale - also nicht inflationsbereinigte - Wachstum teilt. Eine Regierung kann also jedes Jahr Schulden in Höhe von zwei Prozent des Bruttoinlandsprodukts machen - wenn die Wirtschaft mit nominal vier Prozent wächst, bleibt die Schuldenquote bei 50 Prozent.

Das Problem an den heutigen Sparpaketen der Regierungen liegt darin, dass sie die Wachstumsfrage völlig vernachlässigen.
austerity  growth  economics  debtoverhang  debt  sovereign  crisis  USA  UK  europe  PIIGS  lesson  deficit  problem  politics  GFC  greatrecession  recovery 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
‪Zu wenig Hilfe fr psychisch Kranke‬‏ - YouTube
Psychisch erkrankte Menschen warten in der Regel drei Monate, bis sie ein erstes Gespräch mit einem Therapeuten führen können. Weitere drei Monate dauert es, bis sie behandelt werden.
germany  psychology  society  culture  problem  unintended  consequences  statistics  depression  burnout  employment  economy  happiness  growth  productivity  pressure 
august 2011 by asterisk2a
Alabama Towns Failed Pension Is Warning to Cities and States -
PRICHARD, Ala. — This struggling small city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry.

Then Prichard did something that pension experts say they have never seen before: it stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired workers, breaking a state law requiring it to pay its promised retirement benefits in full.

It is not just the pensioners who suffer when a pension fund runs dry. If a city tried to follow the law and pay its pensioners with money from its annual operating budget, it would probably have to adopt large tax increases, or make huge service cuts, to come up with the money.
Current city workers could find themselves paying into a pension plan that will not be there for their own retirements. In Prichard, some older workers have delayed retiring, since they cannot afford to give up their paychecks if no pension checks will follow.
pension  USA  municipal  debt  sovereign  2010  Alabama  problem  crisis 
december 2010 by asterisk2a
Europe's future: Can anything perk up Europe? | The Economist
The single market remains half-built. The EU is 30% less productive than America in services. Because European services companies operate behind national barriers they innovate less and they tend not to gain the full economies of scale. Whole areas, such as health care, are exempted from EU-wide competition. Likewise some high-tech industries, such as telecoms, have been protected and others, such as e-commerce, barely existed in 1992. A single digital market could be worth 4% of EU GDP by 2020. The EU has a costly, fragmented patent system, so products (like far too many workers) cannot cross borders easily; energy supply has not been properly liberalised; debts are hard to collect across borders. And so it goes on. National to-do lists are just as long. In Spain and Italy privileged workers are protected, discouraging new permanent jobs. German entrepreneurs are immediately taxed on equity they put into a start-up. Europeans retire too early everywhere.
europe  free-market  germany  protectionism  startup  outlook  politics  EMU  2010  2011  2012  problem  problems 
july 2010 by asterisk2a
Economic View - In Financial Regulation, Recognize Our Limitations -
Whatever we do, let’s not be overoptimistic about how successful improved oversight will be. The financial system is diverse and vastly complicated. Government regulators will always be outnumbered and underpaid compared with those whose interest it is to circumvent the regulations. Legislators will often be distracted by other priorities. To believe that the government will ever become a reliable watchdog would be a tragic mistake.

So where does this leave us? We should plan for future financial crises, to occur at some unknown date for some unknown reason, and arm ourselves with better tools to clean up the mess.

Much focus in Washington has been on expanding the government’s authority to step in when a financial institution is near bankruptcy, and to fix the problem before the institution creates a systemic risk.

GSE government-sponsored enterprises
--- reform and regulation have unintended consequences.
--- See Duabi, backgroudn where israli gov was part-owner. lowering risk
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march 2010 by asterisk2a
Europe's Next Great Test: Competitiveness Is Lacking -
"The euro exchange rate is a tighter grip than the gold standard was," says Mr. Crafts.

Whether devaluation would work, as it did in the 1930s, would depend on how wages reacted. If a sliding currency set off a round of wage increases, as some economists think it would, it would yield no competitive advantage.

That would mean the only practical prospect is for economies to regain their competitiveness against Germany, which has been the low-inflation anchor of the euro, the hard way.

Unless the European Central Bank deliberately relaxed monetary policy to set off a round of inflation—very unlikely—the alternative is for Greece and the other uncompetitive southern economies to embark on wage cuts that pushes inflation lower than Germany's over many years.
EMU  eu  europe  euro  economics  gold  history  greece  spain  germany  italy  portugal  competitive  greatrecession  inflation  deflation  sticky-wages  problem  economy  competitiveness 
march 2010 by asterisk2a

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