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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Sign Language exchanges involve intense awareness of nonverbal cues that hearing people may not detect, writes Vivian Giang. "As a gatekeeper -- whether appointed or because you are part of the majority group -- of the conversation, make a note to scan the room, and scan the surroundings to bridge communication and ensure inclusivity," she writes.
We're often driven to meet the expectations of others, thinking we'll find fulfillment only to end up feeling empty, writes Ali Schultz. "The work, then, is to keep the knowing at the center of your being clear and heralding so that you make choices for you, not for someone or something else," she writes.
Generating support for change means earning people's trust by asking for their input, says Martha Shadan, CEO of Rotation Medical. Shadan says it is important to be "inclusive in decision-making and [to] give management a platform to voice their reservations and ideas."
Politics and the #MeToo movement contributed to the reasons Oxford Dictionaries designated "toxic" as the official word of 2018. "Data from Oxford Dictionaries show a 45 percent increase in the number of times people have looked up the word on its website," writes Elizabeth Schulze.
The American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico that claims the commonwealth failed to establish accounts for employees who contributed to a retirement plan. The lawsuit states: "For all intents and purposes, the commonwealth is seizing employees' own funds and hiding them under a mattress."
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