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Earlier this week the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) released its Reference Checking & Information Sharing Protocol stating “To help banks employ only competent and ethical financial advisers, the banking industry has today announced a new, improved way of hiring financial advisers”. ABA Executive Director – Retail Policy; Diane Tate was quoted in the accompanying press release: “… the banking…

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Continuing my search to understand what underlies the decision making mistakes made by boards of large companies, I turned to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the preeminent educational body for public, private and not-for-profit company directors in Australia.   I collected a copy of the AICD Professional Development Handbook (July 2014 to June…

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One of the topics I frequently return to is the risk assessment aspect of a recruiter’s job, or the ‘defensive’ recruitment skills, such as background and reference checking, that are a necessary part of doing a complete job as a recruiter. Unfortunately, there is still an undesirable tendency for these skills to be deemed an…

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