Government Management

A Japanese company and an Australian government corporation decided to have a canoe race on Lake Burley Griffen. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by almost 1.5km! The Australian government corporation team was very despondent and depressed and decided to hold an investigation into their performance.

An investigation team, comprising of senior management and external consultants was formed to investigate and report appropriate actions. Their conclusion was that the Japanese team had 8 people rowing, with 1 person steering. The Australian team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

To prevent another loss to the Japanese, the Australian rowing team was completely restructured, with 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering supervisors and 1 person rowing. They also added incentives for the rower to work harder.

It was called the “Rowing Team Quality First Program”, with free dinners, trips, and free pens for the rower. They discussed getting new oars, designed a better canoe, and other improved equipment, extra holidays, and training incentives for the rower.

The following year, the Japanese won almost by 2.5km. Humiliated, the Australian management team sacked the rower for poor performance, stopped development of the new canoe, sold all the paddles and oars, cancelled all investment programs for new equipment, The money saved was paid to the management team as bonuses, and the next year’s racing team was outsourced to India.

Rain! At Long Last

Well it had to happen. At last the skies have delivered some much needed rain. Rainwater tanks now overflowing, and dams have some water. Not full yet, but getting there slowly.

Top Dam
Top Dam being checked by Buster and Lucy.
From January rain
House dam after January 2020 rain event.
House Dam
House dam still filling after 40mm storm in February 2020.

An update – after 68mm last night, the dam is about to run over! And yes, I have moved the pump to higher ground!

Dam now within 300mm of being full and running over – first time in many years.
house dam, looking from spillway back towards the house.

dogs in inflowing water
Buster and Lucy playing in the water. They just love playing in it. The overflow/spillway is about 1.5m up, to the right of the dogs, where the clay patch at base of tree is showing.
dogs at damaged creek crossing
Dogs (Buster and Lucy) checking out the damaged creek crossing. Looks like another job to be done with gravel!
Dam on new property.
Dam on new property, Buster the red cattle dog checking it out!