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Airservices CEO Leaving?

Old 10th Aug 2007, 07:21
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Airservices CEO Leaving?

Strongish rumour has it that the current incumbent at AsA will not extend his contract - so AsA will be looking for a new CEO shortly. Rumour also has it that internal candidates 'need not apply'.

It will be interesting to see if this occurs before the election - and whether or not a non-Liberal government would even want to retain 'old government appointees'.

It will also be interesting to see how a new CEO will tackle the constant and (industry) destructive re-organisation that has been going on since the incumbent took office.

Any suggestions for likley candidates?
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 09:25
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Not sure about TFN, but according to rumours today in BN Centre, an entire Business Unit was suddenly removed from the intranet.

Anyone got any details??

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Old 10th Aug 2007, 12:42
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Future Directions gone!

I hear that FD is gone; so there mustn't be any hope for us in 5 years. Well their illustrious leader recently left for an ICAO job in Canada, so now there is no resistance.

FDs primary purpose was the beyond 5 year plan; so maybe the boffins in Canberra know more than we do about our job security in 5 years time.

One wonders what 'opportunities' will be available to staff in FD; we're bleeding at the consoles and they may just get rid of people; seems to me that most people I know of in FD could be ALMs tomorrow and 'release' ALM aspirants back to the scopes.
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 13:07
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"Future Directions" is now kaput.
The manager (BP) has been shown the door today; something to do with Naverus and RNP implementation.

The debacle of the SDE "restructure" onto the industry with its unspecified, large costs and lack of any productivity enhancement as well as trying to force AWAs into ATCs ranks, probably wont see TFN last too long now, let alone if there is a change in the government. As far as I am concerned, the sooner he goes the better.

The Game Show Host has seen the writing on the wall and has bailed out of SDE and moved onto Business Development. One wonders how he keeps so teflon coated.

As for TFNs replacement, isn't Maggie Jackson free early next year?
Or if Labor wins the election, maybe they could hand out the peace pipe to Mark Latham and give him a cushy job as AsA boss
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Old 10th Aug 2007, 22:19
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Unhappy AsA without a Future Direction

Spoke to one of the managers in FD last night.

Apparently everyone will be shoe horned into TAS somwhere as TAS has been making a play on FD for a while, apparently very jealous of the ATC influence on where the future was going. (Well hello!!)

Now we have software engineers running the future of ATC. Like they have done such a good job with the Eurocat running so well (NOT!)

Doh... Oh dear things can only get worse....

Wonder where all the FD middle management will fit in TAS. From memory TAS have just had a restructure and all the positions filled.

Sounds like AsA is about to lose a hell of a lot of knowledge either from the bottom or the middle...

By the way was'nt FD one of the areas where the ATC Team Leaders who did not get an ALM were going to parachute in on full TL pay?? Like that's going to happen now?? Redundancy looks more of surety for them.

Apparently the staff satisfaction survey from FD was so bad even the spin doctors could not make it look like fertiliser from %^$$!

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Old 10th Aug 2007, 22:59
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Looks like ASA is falling back on what it does best .....

Buy the latest, most whackiest, most expensive, most complicated computer and software kit ... then get the rest of the Organisation to change their processes and procedures to fit in with it.

In the Knowledge Management world, ASA has long been cited in the text books as a classic example of such folly.

More astute Organisations explore how their company needs to go forward, lock in desired outcomes and develop the processes required to reach them ... then they source and buy tools that will help their PEOPLE achieve those goals.
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Old 11th Aug 2007, 08:54
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Organisational dis-organisation?

Stand-by for the solution... another re-structure.
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Old 11th Aug 2007, 11:05
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And meanwhile, the planes are still coming and going, just like yesterday, just like last week, just like last year.
No amount of management restructure has changed that, or will change that.
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Old 11th Aug 2007, 14:27
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Lets hope that he does bugger off. He has done no more than knock down the previous house of cards so that he could build his own. That will ensure that he can pocket a squillion dollar bonus for "appearing" to have actually achieved something.

And you Rat drivers thought you were the only ones faced with this type of "mgt". Sadly it is a modern curse. The sooner that this period in mgt history can be closed the better.

TFN has actually been able to further disenfranchise the staff, create more confusion ill will towards ASA than his predecessor - and that is no small task.

In recent months with a drive towards Little Johnny's heinous AWA's there has been a HUGE amount of angst and resentment towards Mgt. It is a mark of the professionalism of the pointy end that they have not taken their eyes of the ball and continued to do an outstanding job that is little appreciated by TFN and his mates.
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Old 11th Aug 2007, 15:43
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Read an interesting article in National Geographic about swarm theory. A colony of 500,000 odd ants can find the shortest path to the best food source, send the appropriate number of ants out to gather food depending on its availability, allocate themselves different tasks as required by the colony, build elaborate nests, defend the colony against predators, and all without one boss or manager telling them what to do....
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Old 12th Aug 2007, 06:43
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Future Direction's funeral Monday

It can only get worse!

Our CEO reminds me of my 2 year old son...refuses to take responsibility of his actions. I mean he appointed all the GMs and because he simply does not understand the real business all he can do to fool a less than obviously qualified board by having a restructure every second day.

The organisational chart now not only has a year, month and day stamp. We know its got really bad when the time stamp is added as well.


"Rumour also has it that internal candidates 'need not apply'."

Would have any of TFNs GM appointees replace him..??

I do not think so.


I'm not sure who you are referring to when discussing a Montreal destination but the manager just departed for Canada was not head of FD and was not really in ball park if you get what I mean.

Do you really think the curent ATC managers are going to appoint clear thinking, knowledgeable and practical staff from FD as ALMs? I mean they would sniff the SDE fraud a mile away and last about as quick as the time the FD website was removed from the intranet after the FD GM was escorted from the building.

Blind Freddy

Your post a beauty.. Imagine Latham arm wrestling all the frauds out of AWB in CB. I'd even risk flying Tiger from BN to CB just to see that! At least he would have the guts to do it himself!

As for GSH from SDE can you PM me his initials, I have obviously been dooing too many extra shifts to hear the latest rat leaving.

Oh what do you mean by RNP and Naverus? Rumour has it Naverus will effectively take over our Procedures section???
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Old 12th Aug 2007, 23:27
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Another [this time strong] rumour has it that GM-ATC and wife/partner will be returning to the eastern islands soon. Jump before pushed? Oh well, another GM bites the dust...'s great news for the organisational design types - plenty of chances to practice, fail, then start over again......
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 01:20
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Another [this time strong] rumour has it that GM-ATC and wife/partner will be returning to the eastern islands soon.
I like this rumour the best. From what I understand he has been the "brains" behind some of this shite.

So long.....
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 04:46
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Forgive the stars in my eyes but isn't this an opportunity for something different. What a great organisation AsA could be and was, many years ago. Too many disfunctional Senior executives and too little, actually no accountability for them or those who put them there.

How long has it been mismanaged? Ever since some bright spark thought that a government safety company (yeah I know - not really but....) could be managed by proferring to shareholders (one - the commonwealth)! And please don't argue 'airlines', the diiference is obvious. TFN and the Board were well aware of the problems two years ago and also knew the issues with certain senior managers and knowlingly took counsel from those people. There is no defence. Possible the reason for a vacant seat at the recent Senate Estimates. The ghost who walked!

The experience bucket is almost drained and time stamp comment is a real analogy. T**** and AsA not getting along - so what's new and yet they still get the big contracts? N***** hmmm some interesting approaches there however I do wish the captain of 'approved only' flights could let me know, before departure if they are going to do one of these at destination - like CB frinstance - yikes pseudo precision approach without the runway specs for a precisions approach - how does THAT work?

The other recent departure was never a competitive solution - too many skeletons and too short a time.

What a bucket of problems AsA continues to be - what of the future. Come on Johnny or Kevin - a commission of enquiry would do just a starters; or maybe after the coronial inquest perhaps, God forbid.

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Old 13th Aug 2007, 10:28
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There are a few of us with a pile of documentation waiting for such a Coronial Inquest.

Having communicated the issues to ATSB, CASA and the staff of more than one MP, we're left with waiting to attend the Coroner's Court.

It's a very sad day when you sit down and resign yourself to the fact that there is no other option left.
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Old 13th Aug 2007, 15:52
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There is an almost perverse pride in delivering a good service 'in spite' of what is going on around them.
Right on brother[/sister].

Lets see what unfolds...
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Old 14th Aug 2007, 00:39
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It does not take a mental giant to see that the divide & conquer / i'm alright Jack - fark you style of management is seriously flawed.

Since days of yore, I have been dismayed at the total LACK of management capacity to tap into the pride that the front line controllers have in their jobs. By rewarding managers with bonuses to drive down costs and conditions of the real "workers" only serves to create a greater divide.

In times of record profits, and controllers doing more with less and dare I say it FOR less is it any wonder morale is plummeting. When you throw the ALM farce and SDE smoke and mirrors into the mix it is incredible that the aforementioned Coronial Inquest has been avoided.

I have a dream: An EBA negotiation that recognises productivity achievements, increased cost of living, financial success of the "company" and the ability of the frontline to put up with managements continued crap.

Result: Here is a fair and equitable pay increase, with realisitc conditions and a bonus system that you will not find an insult. And by the way thanks for your continued professionalism and commitment.
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Old 14th Aug 2007, 09:20
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But would it really be any better if the organisation was made a statutory authority

Yes a true dilemma between the rorts of privatisation and the mediocrity of a public service institution (although there are some notable departments run very effectively and innovatively). The difference between the solid though dyed-in-the-wool Departmental Secretary vs the short term personal gain and dividend "is all and everything" intellect of new-age executives. Just look at the maginificent collapses and failures of corporations and privatised government utitilites (Energy, Telecon, Hospitals etc) that failed to manage future-driven infrastructure and the people capability needed to manage it.

Let us just hope that the same will not happen to water (purification) utilites - Pure today and Poo tomorrow. And what of safety and other institutions; consider the implications of privatising CASA, Police or Courts?

Long term stategies, low turnover rate, quality over quantity ethos will return when the toe cutters get found out. Problem is, the self-propagation principle by Board and Policial entities, magnificent survivability and unaccountability.
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Old 15th Aug 2007, 09:51
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Back to the question[s] at hand.

My source says both the CEO - AND GM-ATC are leaving before the end of this year - regardless of election outcome [CEO had had about enough of the organisation this time last year!].

Any ideas who might 'pick up the pieces'?
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Old 15th Aug 2007, 21:06
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What was with those adverts for a whole procedure design section?? Part of the ongoing restructure?
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