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11/16/2018

Whistleblower Shannon Reed has told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee she thinks she was fired because she reported sexual harassment and assault allegations against former US Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, who resigned in March. Chief Vicki Christiansen has testified she is working to change a culture of gender discrimination.

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11/16/2018

Show your personality on social media, but do so appropriately, PR professional Lisa Low stresses. Employers can thoroughly search through your posts, including likes and dislikes, so be smart at using social media to your advantage, Low suggests.

11/16/2018

The Dutch food group Levola sued Smilde Foods over the two companies' similar spreadable cheese products, asserting that Levola's cheese should be protected under copyright law and Smilde's product shouldn't be sold. However, an EU court ruled that a taste isn't intellectual property because the taste of a food product "will be identified essentially on the basis of taste sensations and experiences, which are subjective and variable."

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11/16/2018

Florida's secretary of state ordered a manual recount of votes in the US Senate race between GOP candidate Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson after results from a machine recount were too close to legally call. The machine count for governor resulted in a win for Republican Ron DeSantis.

11/16/2018

Many multi-unit operators consider loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration when seeking growth capital, but this isn't always the right course to take, writes Rod Bristol of Fastsigns. Fees can be substantial for large SBA-backed loans, meaning that business owners with good credit may be able to find a better deal elsewhere, Bristol writes.

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11/16/2018

The acronym VUCA represents volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity and an easy excuse for managers to accept falling short of goals, writes Karen Martin. "Nothing that's ambiguous needs to remain so," and an approach based on clarity will counteract "organizational drag," she writes.

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11/16/2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Whistleblower received 5,282 reports in fiscal 2018, an 18% increase compared with fiscal 2017, according to an SEC report to Congress. The agency paid $168 million to 13 whistleblowers in fiscal 2018, up from almost $50 million to 12 individuals in fiscal 2017.

11/16/2018

Organizational changes such as mergers or the addition of new team members can cause "tremors" in the corporate culture, writes Scott Cochrane. Preserve unity in these situations by seeking to align values, goals and strategies, he writes.

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11/16/2018

Understand the basic features of strategy, such as the trade-offs involved and the resource demands, prior to beginning strategic planning, writes Andrew Rudin. Proceed to keep assumptions in check, stay unique and head off potential conflicts early, he writes.

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11/16/2018

Civilian law enforcement can learn from organizational changes the military has made to move away from a hierarchical structure and toward more cross-functional teamwork, writes Lt. W. Michael Phibbs. "Through strategic management and feedback loops, gaps can be examined and innovative solutions developed," Phibbs writes.

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