Dealing with whistleblowers in the organisation

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Many organisations do not consider whether they have enough measures in place to ensure a speak-up culture. Encouraging employees to blow the whistle safely requires the leadership to consider whether they have created an environment in which their employees feel safe. A number of interventions are needed to guard against a culture of silence.

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Silent collusions, groupthink and unbridled power

The word ‘collusion’ has its roots in Latin. The Latin prefix col-, meaning “together,” and the verb ludere, “to play,” come together to form collude. The related noun collude has the specific meaning “secret agreement or cooperation.” (Mirriam Webster dictionary). The Collins dictionary defines collusion as “to act together through a secret understanding, esp. with evil or harmful intent”.

On the face of it, it seems clear that there would need to be a conversation of sorts to reach an agreement to cooperate. The question that is plaguing me however is whether the need for a verbal conversation or written agreement is necessary to enter a collusion. Could you have two or more players playing together without any meeting, secret or not, and without a verbal or written agreement to cooperate?

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  1. The Johannesburg Bar (in fact all GCB Constituent Bars) of which I have been a member for many years and served as Chair of its Ethics Committee, Transformation Committee & Bar Council, need this talk. I’ve heard of women who’ve been victimised by men but won’t come forward for fear of further victimisation. It seems endemic.
    But the people you need to talk to is not the Bar but the women in it.

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