Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Not so) Nice?


Can you be too nice? The August 2013 issue of ChildMagazine reckons you can. If we defie nice as being what you do to make others happy with you on a continuing basis, potentially putting your own needs last, the result may be that you essentially devalue yourself as a person. 

And as a child gets older, that 'niceness' can be seen as try-hard and weak willed. And the sense of exclusion this engendered then leads to the child trying even harder to please, resulting in further exclusion. 

The article posits that it might be smarter to be 'kind' than 'nice', if we define kind as including  your own opinion about what you think is best for another person, whether they like to hear it or not. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lehman mis-selling

The case brought against Lehman Brothers included 'breach of contract, negligence, misleading and deceptive conduct, and breach of fiduciary duty in recommending and selling complex, high-risk financial products as investments', leading to enormous losses when the global financial crisis hit. Obviously all oversights on Lehman's part, where the right hand selling didn't know what the left hand was investing. Ahem.

The decision handed down by the Federal Court has ruled that disclaimers in in term sheets, contract notes and offering memoranda may be ineffective in avoiding liability, and that a bank, by assuming the role of trusted advisor, in downplaying potential risk in various forms of communication, may indeed be held liable. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

AFP: Liver

The focus for July's AFP was on The Right Upper Quadrant. And more specifically, the liver. The liver, if working properly, is a pretty magical device that takes in a whole lot of everything stuff and send out a bit of really great stuff. 

Chronic Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Fatty liver disease seriously impact on the functioning of this vital organ.