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RESPECT… Earning employee respect isn’t always easy, but when employers find ways to build respect at work, positive benefits ensue. How do you build employee respect at work? According to Bruce J. Avolio, Ph.D., executive director at the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking in the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, five tips for employers/managers to earn the respect of employees include:

  1. Be authentic:  Be an authentic reflection of your organization’s espoused values and principles while promoting transparency and justice.
  2. Promote ‘ownership’:  Make all employees feel like ‘owners’ versus ‘renters’, that their voice matters, and that people in positions of power listen to learn and engage with their employees.
  3. Develop potential: Help each individual feel like they are reaching their full potential and achieving their performance goals by investing in development.
  4. Create an energized culture: Create a positive climate where your followers’ energy is directed towards winning against competitors versus defending against internal detractors from what you’re trying to accomplish.
  5. Sacrifice when necessary: Be willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the organization when such sacrifices contribute to everyone’s success.

Bill Mixon, president of Universal Hospital Services, Inc., believes the key to earning employee respect is to empower employees and model the leadership behavior you desire by treating employees with dignity and respect. “If employees respect a person’s leadership, they are more prone to put those same leadership qualities into practice. Empowering employees to make decisions also builds trust. When you show employees you trust their knowledge and skills, you allow them to make smart decisions that benefit the company.”

Developing employee potential is also important. Notes Mixon, “When employees feel valued and appreciated, they take stronger ownership of their work and seek new opportunities to grow in their roles. This not only benefits the employee, but also the company and its customers.”

Howard Behar, retired president of Starbucks Coffee Company, used this same tactic of showing employees they are appreciated to help establish the Starbucks culture, which stresses the importance of people over profits. For example, Starbucks made sure there were no special perks for executives. “All employees are called ‘partners’ and there is no separation in any way of partners and the management team. Outside of pay and stock, every partner gets the same, even the same health insurance. We did this because it was the right thing to do, not because we thought it would help us build respect,” Behar explained.

In addition, the Starbucks management team held ‘open forum’ meetings where any partner could ask anything and they would address it. “It was open dialogue, and I mean really open dialogue during these meetings. If they wanted to debate what I was paid as the president of the company then they could,” said Behar. “No topic was off-limits.”

The management team also included a feedback card in every partner’s paycheck asking for comments on anything that seemed in contradiction to the company’s values and morals – with Behar reading every feedback card submitted. If an executive didn’t live up to the values and morals of the company, the organization would eject that individual. Behar added, “You could get fired a lot faster for not living the values than not achieving the financial numbers.”

Bottom Line: Are you a manager/employer looking to earn the respect of your employees? Then focus on relationships and trust. The foundation for earning respect is establishing good relationships with employees by building trust within the organization. Explains Behar, “If people are feeling trust, they will be more productive, are more willing to take risks, be creative, and solve difficult problems. It doesn’t mean issues won’t arise, but it means you can withstand just about anything because you can talk things through.”

Source:  Lisa Quast

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If there is one thing Homer Simpson got right it was saying  “All my life I’ve had one dream, to achieve my many goals.”…  so set them and go get them!

So you’ve aced your resume and now it’s time for the interview.  Instead of feeling doubtful – get prepared!  From what the employer has read about you, they have liked – they have already got an inside scoop from you!  Now it’s your turn to get some information from them – make the interview a two way communication pathway and you will be amazed at the outcomes.  You will feel empowered and they will be impressed that you had the confidence to dig deeper than most people do.  Read on for some tips on which questions you should ask at your next job interview.  

There are standard questions to ask during a job interview, and then you’ve got the ones you really should avoid.

It’s obviously important to ask your potential future employer the basics, but don’t bore them with the same old lines without throwing in a few things they actually really want to be asked.

Here are some ideas for shaking up the interview and keeping both you and your interviewer on your toes. These will help you stand out and get remembered the next time you’re job searching.

1. What’s the one quality you hope for your employees to have?

This simple question begs a concise, definitive answer from your interviewer. It also is a great way to really get a feel for what the company you’re interviewing with is looking for — and to see if it’s the right fit for you.

For instance, if you’re a people person and love working with a team, and the “one thing” your interviewer is looking for is someone who is self-directed and can work well alone, then that may already mean the position isn’t what you’re looking for.

2. How does the company define and measure success?

Future employers like it when you know your professional goals and are impressed when you can be assertive about personal and team success within the company.

By asking for more information about how the company measures success and recognizes accomplishments, you’re subtly saying that you already plan on being a model of success in your role.

3. What is the company culture like?

Company culture is crucial. It can make or break a job for many people, so getting a feel for what the people are like at your potential place of work is must-know information. Interviewers will see that you understand the importance of office relationships and company culture by asking this question in your interview in anticipation of being hired.

It’s also an indicator that getting along with co-workers is important to you, and this implies that you’re a team player.

4. What do you enjoy most about working here?

Asking someone who knows firsthand about a company is the best way to get an idea of what it’s really like — so ask your interviewer! It’s a polite and professional way of asking someone in an interview situation personal information, without crossing the line.

It gives your interviewer a chance to talk a little bit about themselves, and it’s also a great way to figure out if the position is really what you want.

5. How can I add value to the team?

Instead of asking “what is expected of me?” in an interview, it’s better to phrase the question in a way that emphasizes your consideration of the company and the future potential team you’ll be a part of. Ask what the vision is for the role, and then elaborate on how you think you embody that vision.

6. What is one challenge that comes along with this role?

Again, asking for one definitive answer is something that benefits both you as an interviewee but also helps the interviewer. It allows them to focus their answers in order to provide succinct details about the position, and it gives you a single, solid idea of what would be expected of you in the role.

7. What is a fun fact about this company?

Interviews, depending on the position you’re going for, can be pretty dry. While you should never delve into extremely personal information, one way to make things a little more interesting is to ask for a fun anecdote or fact about the company you hope to work for. This gives the interviewer a break from the same old questions, while still giving you more background on the company.

Source: Hilary White

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Earlier this year, Australia’s Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) held a questionnaire aimed at quantifying the awareness around Australia’s datum modernisation initiative. While it is true that the accuracy of modern positioning technologies will require us to move beyond the plate-fixed GDA94 onto an Earth-fixed datum, there is a lot of confusion and concern over just how GDA2020 will be practically adopted.

ICSM has now released the results of the survey, which are available on the ICSM website.

Surprisingly, the questionnaire revealed that a 67% majority of respondents did not envisage significant issues implementing GDA2020. While the questionnaire responses indicated there is a good level of base knowledge about the modernisation of GDA94 and the move to GDA2020, it also indicated a need to raise awareness of the change and details of the process proposed both within and without the spatial sector.

A perhaps concerning result was that some 25% of respondents answered ‘no’ to Question1.2 : Were you aware that all GNSS systems operate in an “Earth-fixed” reference frame that shows coordinates of features on the Earth’s surface changing over time, unlike GDA94 which is a static or “plate-fixed” datum where coordinates don’t change?


This is in fact a major feature of the proposed datum, which significantly changes how coordinates will be used and managed by members of the industry including surveyors and GIS professionals.

Respondents were also invited to nominate an appropriate date for their organisation to adopt GDA2020 as the operational datum. Nationally, 85% of respondents nominated a date before or during Q1 2018, suggesting that ICSM will be looking to establish a group of early adopters well ahead of this point in time.

A large proportion of respondents (68%) also indicated that they would require the property boundary layer to be available on GDA2020 before they could operate on GDA2020.

A list of over 100 different software platforms from over 80 suppliers used with spatial data were listed as requiring added support for the new datum.

ICSM have indicated they will look to fully consider the responses and address them in detail over the coming months. This will result in the development a raft of general resources, including updating FAQ’s, issuing guidelines and producing targeted communiques.

GDA2020 is intended to commence January 2017 and aims to ensure Australians continue to have access to the most accurate location information achievable.

To learn more and see the full results, please visit the ICSM website.

Source Anthony Wallace, Spatial Source


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Was there really ever a time when all you needed to know to get a GIS job was how to do a few software tasks and design a map or two, or is that as overly idealistic and unrealistic as the image of every 1950s household having an apple pie cooling on an open window sill?

If you did manage to get a job on that “lick, spit and promise,” are you still in that position? What daily tasks are expected of you now that didn’t even exist 15 years ago?

New GIS degree and certificate programs continue to launch each year. Keeping curricula current, and instructors both confident and competent, is a perpetual challenge. There are also more numerous and diverse approaches to professional development than ever before. Is there validity in the Monday-morning-quarterback statement that what employers want, what degree programs provide, and what students actually learn are always out of synch?

In an effort to understand distinctions and requirements of GIS jobs, Jung Eun (Jessie) Hong, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of West Georgia, recently completed a content analysis of GIS job advertisements. She compiled almost 1000 GIS job postings, spanning 2007 – 2014, from, and the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse. The titles of the jobs were used to sort the positions into five different job categories:

  • Analysts (27.4% of job postings)
  • Programmers/developers/engineers (29.8%)
  • Specialists (14.0%)
  • echnicians (11.2%)
  • Other (17.7%).

Though programmers, developers and engineers differ in training and expectations, their primary job tasks are similar enough to be grouped at this scale. The “Other” category included GIS coordinators, instructors and the like.

Then, individual skills specified in each ad — such as data mining, web mapping, programming or project management, for example — were all coded into four technical areas:

  • Analysis/modeling
  • Cartography/visualization
  • Data processing/management
  • Software/application development

and three general skill areas:

  • Analytical
  • Management
  • Personal/social

Hong then used this coded information in NVivo, a product designed for analyzing text-based content.

What were the similarities and differences in skills among the five job categories? The most requested skill set across all jobs involved analysis and modeling, with over 56% of all job ads specifically referencing such needs. This includes such tasks as aerial image interpretation, data analysis, database development, data mining, network analysis and/or the use of spatial statistics. The second most requested skill set was a general one: communication, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation and independence.

Within job categories, the similarities were more interesting than the differences. Not surprisingly, the number one most requested skill for a programmer/developer/engineer was web or mobile application development; 57.4% of all job postings within that group identified that skill. But what was the most frequently expected skills for the other four categories of GIS jobs positions? Communication skills, above all other technical or more job-specific needs, with up to 45.9% of the postings specifying that skill set.

Another revealing result from within each job category was that database development was ranked as the second most frequently desired skill across all five job type categories. Within the domain of GIS&T, “database development” can have a specific meaning for a specific use case, but those two words are also common and important on their own within the fields of computer science and information technology. Their high frequency designation as a skill across all of these GIS job postings may reflect diverse and different interpretations of what “database development” actually means in a given scenario…which makes us wonder about the myriad ways that “communication” itself plays out in the world of GIS&T.

In practice, communication skills can include everything from accurately representing one’s self on a resume to finding out during an interview that everyone is interpreting “database development” in distinctive ways. In the Venn diagram world of database development, surely there is overlap with data manipulation, programming, and/or database design. Are you ready for that? Or, does the new boss really just need someone to populate an Excel spreadsheet and join it to a shapefile? Either way, whether you are a wise boss or an eager job seeker, are you prepared to listen carefully enough to the other person so you could tactfully, professionally and courteously adjust and address the miscommunications? Voila, now you get points for interpersonal skills as well!

If the ubiquity of “database development” may reflect instances of commission, Hong’s research also illustrates an example of omission with the absence of the term “geocomputation” in any of the job ads. She had been prepared to code the term as an example of a required or desired skill within the analysis and modeling set, based on the fact that geocomputation had been identified as an entire knowledge area in the 2006 GIS&T Body of Knowledge, one of the sources for her coding information. Geocomputation had been described in the BoK as the “development and application of computationally intensive approaches to the study of complex spatial-temporal problems.” The complete absence of the term from job ads does not mean that those complex spatial-temporal problems are no longer an issue! Instead, I would suggest that the high performance computing, cellular-automata and agent-based models, and simulation modeling that once differentiated a geocomputational approach have now become expected and necessary, and thus have been integrated into analytical approaches in general. Perhaps “Big Data analytics” is more likely to be the nom du jour in a job ad of today, but these are of the same ilk.

Overall, Hong’s findings confirm what many of us have experienced over time: that technical skills will always be critical on a particular day for a particular task, but those must be complemented with a life-long ability to unravel problems. When the Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model was revised in 2014, the bulk of the changes were specific technical competencies in Tier 4 and above. Personal effectiveness, academic and workplace competencies, largely the “general” skills in Hong’s study, have remained as solid and important as ever.

In psychological and human resources parlance, skills are things which we can acquire and learn, while abilities are things that we have naturally. Importantly, both can be refined through training and education. To increase your employability, hone your skills as well as your abilities, and develop your competence and confidence to communicate about them both. Consider these 20 Challenging GIS Interview Questions, which are as relevant today across all types of GIS positions as when they were first published; effective communication is central to them all.

By Diana S. Sinton

A new phenomenon is happening in the streets of the world’s cities and on the screens of mobile devices. Since the weekend you may have noticed more people than ever stopping in the streets with their phone enraptured in whatever is happening on the screen. What has happened is that gaming, mobile devices, GNSS positioning, augmented reality and the enduring success of the Pokémon franchise have all culminated in the widespread craze that isPokémon Go.

If you think this is just confined to the gaming community, think again. Despite the fact it technically hasn’t even been released yet, ‘Pokémon go’ is about to surpass Twitter in daily active users on Android. In the US, the Android Pokémon Go app is now installed on more devices than Tinder. In just a matter of days Pokemon Go has rocketed to the number one application on both the App Store andGoogle Play Store.

Currently the game is only officially available as part of a soft launch in select areas, including Australia and New Zealand. However, this hasn’t stopped desperate fans using workarounds to play along despite the risk of malware. As a result the servers supporting the game have been overrun, leading to delays in the global release of the game.

Why this is important for Spatial Source readers is the fact that the gameplay that is driving this craze is defined almost entirely by spatial means. As a result, Pokémon Go might be the first in a profitable new era of location-based gaming.

When playing Pokémon Go the majority of the gameplay is spent navigating a 3D map with a modified scale, based on a representation of the real world. Positioning established  by each mobile device’s GNSS receiver provides a means to navigate the features of the real world. As you can see from the imagery of the University of Sydney below, at first glance it appears to be based on the rich data of the Open Street Map (OSM), which defines public areas using a number of different layers. However, closer inspection reveals that Pokemon Go appears to have even more detailed data than OSM and Google Maps combined. As The Atlantic explain, where Pokémon Go got its map remains a mystery. The most obvious answer might be that they laboriously, or with the aid of machine learning, crafted their own. To do that on a global scale such as Pokémon Go’s developers have done is no easy feat and the resulting map has potential for navigation, emergency, logistics and security applications.

The map shows the streets, parks and basic features of areas globally, complete with geotagged locations known as PokeStops. There are also places called gyms, normally located at public parks, train stations and even public bars, where you can battle other trainers. To play the game, users travel about this map by navigating the real world in search of Pokémon. These are essentially imaginary monsters, but as we will see, the game is having some very real ramifications.

When players do encounter Pokémon, augmented reality is used to superimpose the creatures onto a real-world backdrop through the use of the phone’s camera. Players then attempt to capture them by throwing pokeballs at them, before heading on to catch more.

Even in the 1990s, The Pokémon Company were no stranger to branching out into different mediums. On the back of the success of the 1996 release ofPokémon Blue and Pokémon Red, they swiftly launched a TV series, card trading game, feature length movies, comic books and toys.

Fast forward to 2016 and many casual gamers like me who haven’t touched Pokémon since the 90s are rediscovering the passion for the game.  The Pokémon Company are now taking advantage of the ubiquity of smart phones to mobilise gaming.

This method of gameplay has a lot of people concerned. In addition to the fact this has seen the inherent dangers of using mobile device’s while walking in public go through the roof, there have also been examples of crime.

In Missouiri Armed robbers used the game to lure victims to an isolated trap. According to the police report by Sgt Bill Stringer,

“Using the geolocation feature the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims.”

Normally sedentary gamers have also complained of sore legs due to the increased exercise they are getting. One user in Wyoming actually uncovered a dead body in her search for Pokémon.

There are also serious cyber security risks. If you register for Pokémon Go with your google account, the app can read your emails and view your search history.

In the Northern Territory the police are getting involved whilst including some safety tips of their own. The Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services posted the following on their Facebook page:


“…whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.

It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.

Stay safe and catch ’em all!”

The Pokémon Company have issued their own warnings, posting the following on the game’s website:

“For safety’s sake, never play Pokémon GO when you’re on your bike, driving a car, riding a hoverboard, or anything else where you should be paying attention, and of course never wander away from your parents or your group to catch a Pokémon.”

Where Pokémon Go will end up remains a mystery, but it’s safe to say that it is the start of something big. This is by no means the first location-based game. Pokémon Go’s developer, Niantic, previously developed a similar game known as Ingress. With a launch in 2012 Ingress never saw anything like craze that Pokémon Go is now undergoing, even in four years of availability. Now, on the back of an already successful franchise, Pokémon Go can now be considered the tipping point towards the mobilisation of gaming in a what may become a new wave of spatially-enabled play.

To get a better idea the best way is to play it yourself by downloading the app free on either the App Store or Google Play Store. Or, if you are already onto it, here are some tips to secure your Poke-success.

Written by Anthony Wallace

The US state of New York has passed legislation that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15, bringing it level with the rate in California.

Rising global inequality has made minimum wages a hot topic in countries around the world, as governments attempt to ensure low-paid workers have the chance to escape relative poverty. For example, the UK has also recently introduced aNational Living Wage of £7.20 ($10.25) for workers aged over 25.

So what does the minimum wage look like around the world?

On top Down Under.

Click here to view the chart that shows the situation in 27 countries across the globe (based on data from 2013). The figures have been adjusted to their post-tax rate and for purchasing power parity, in US dollars.

Australia has the most generous minimum wage, with workers earning a minimum of US$9.54 an hour. Next is Luxembourg, where workers can expect to take home at least $9.24 after tax. The top three is completed by Belgium. Here, the post-tax minimum wage sits just above $8.50.

Several other European nations feature high up the list, with Ireland, France and the Netherlands following Belgium. There are also places in the top half for New Zealand, Canada and the United States, among others.

The minimum wage and inclusive growth

Last year’s ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report’ from the World Economic Forum highlights the link between minimum wage policies and inclusive growth.

The report argues that “data shows that inequality often starts in the labour market.” Therefore a broad package of coherent labour market policies, including minimum wages, is vital to tackle inequality and ensure that economic growth benefits everyone.

The report points to International Labour Organisation data showing that changes in the distribution of wages and job losses accounted for 140% of the increase in US inequality between 2006 and 2010.

“Ensuring that the benefits of growth reach the many rather than the few is one of the great challenges of our time, and rising wages are clearly a key driver of inclusive growth. When wages remain stagnant, imposing a minimum wage is one vehicle for driving them higher,” explains Jennifer Blanke, Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum.

“This of course leads to higher wages for those with jobs, but the potential downside is that employers cut jobs, leading to higher unemployment. History has shown that minimum wages that are not ‘too high’ have a benign effect on unemployment, and can be an effective lever (although the threshold is of course difficult to determine). Recent efforts to impose much higher minimum wages are experiments that will provide us with a better understanding of how and under what conditions they work best.”

Written by Joe Myers

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