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Musings from the shed.

Rob Elshire

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Damning with faint praise, accidently. This is a thing.

When I told a professional colleague that a person had bullied me and many others, he responded with "I suspected she had it in her, but she has x useful skill." As if no one else had that skill and it somehow excused her ongoing bullying. She continues to be invited by my colleague to run conference sessions and is clearly part of the club. I was recently told in an email that "Trump is not the worst president. He has done some good things." Another accidental damning with faint praise.

What these two examples have in common is that they allow damner and damnee to carry on with really bad behaviour as if nothing is wrong. By just letting it go, one enables the same behaviour in the future. This is where we have been for centuries and are now with white supremacy. Enough, is more than enough.

You will absolutely, positively, have to break up with actual white people.

Rob Elshire

Florida whistleblower Rebekah Jones 'turning herself in' to face charge

Seems to be bullying, plain and simple. She stuck to her guns and should be recognised as the hero she is.

Rob Elshire

Systemic change to address workplace bullying

Unfortunately, this is just not at all surprising. I have heard about it from friends and colleagues the whole time I've been here. I also experienced bullying first hand during my employment at a CRI and post employment from people at that CRI. People have valid reasons to worried about their careers if they speak up. Bullies are shielded. Even when they are the CEO.

The article links to a paper from MBIE. In that paper, people are asked to make submissions by March 2021 to MBIE. Given what I have found with MBIE, this is not really encouraging. Maybe someone should see what their plan / process is, if any.


Rob Elshire

Reaction to NZ Herald article regarding Tom Richardson's resignation

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As I read the headline about former AgResearch CEO Dr. Tom Richardson having been investigated by a Q.C. on allegations of bullying (NZ Herald 5 Dec 2019), I fretted deeply for AgResearch's reputation. Thankfully, those administrators interviewed made it clear that it was a "matter for the board", the board had it in hand, and there is no "workplace bullying problem". I am reassured that all is well for AgResearch employees because there are "modern internal policies and support mechanisms". Complementing his remarkable leadership "at a time of upheaval", it is truly inspiring that Dr. Richardson is keeping to his contract regarding confidentiality thereby proving (beyond any doubt) that he was worthy of a $650,000 annual salary. I am greatly relieved that there was no confirmation of bullying and therefore no need for anyone to feel the bitter sting of remorse. Clearly, this must also mean that there were no victims from whom to seek forgiveness. Most importantly, their reputation remains unsoiled.