The seven sins of decision-making include fear of failure, poor communication and not establishing an effective decision-making process, all of which can discourage and scatter talented employees, writes Alaina Love. A company may be guilty of these blunders when decisions are delayed or struck down, employees are punished for wrong choices or those in customer-facing positions aren't able to quickly address issues.
The formula for a perfect sandcastle is one part water to eight parts dry sand, with finer sand being able to hold water better, advises sedimentologist Matthew Bennett. A plain round bucket is better than one with inlaid designs for making many types of architectural features, while myriad tools in different sizes can help sculptors of different ages make the most of their fun.
Cathryn Meyer and her team at Pivotal Software used agile development techniques for a project to standardize companywide job titles, write James Kouzes and Barry Posner. Doing this successfully required seeking ideas from people throughout the company, as well as devising and testing small ideas before moving on to bigger ones.
Questions about culture are ultimately questions for the CEO to answer, such as "What's your voluntary turnover for the last quarter and year?" Other key considerations for CEOs include how decisions are made, how the company is structured and whether managers are regularly meeting with their reports.
Diversity programs can struggle to gain buy-in, sustain their effect or help the intended audiences, according to this Boston Consulting Group analysis. "Although more than 90% of companies have some sort of gender-diversity program in place, our research findings indicate that only one in four women feel that they have personally benefited from such programs," the authors write.
One-fifth of managers report avoiding negative feedback, while almost 40% fail to offer positive reinforcement, according to surveys from Zenger Folkman. "An abundance of research shows that giving positive feedback increases employees' sense that they're learning and growing at their jobs, makes them feel valued, and leads to increased confidence and competence," writes Leah Fessler.
Tracy Skeans, chief transformation and people officer of Yum Brands, says leaders should have the courage to take risks and let their teams know they care. "Bringing your authentic, best version of yourself to work -- and leading in your own unique way with your own heart -- strengthens organizations," she says.
The Equal Pay Act puts the burden on employers to explain pay gaps in terms of seniority, merit, incentives or anything else not related to gender, employment lawyer Lara De Leon says. She recommends that companies use objective factors to determine pay, document all pay decisions and vigorously train managers.
The Supreme Court will allow certain elements of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban to take effect but says blanket restrictions cannot be imposed on "foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." In October, the justices will hear arguments on the ban, which seeks to prohibit travel to the US from certain Muslim-majority nations.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's administrative law judges are not judicial officers and hence do not need to conform to the Appointments Clause, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in 5-5 ruling. In May, the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit reached the opposite conclusion, setting up probable Supreme Court review.
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