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Description: The reaction to his cheap shades made Fisher realize there was an untapped market for stylish sunglasses that weren’t as expensive as name-brands, which he could cash in on.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 16, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/16/how-founder-made-blenders-a-90-million-dollar-business.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the steps taken to establish this brand.
  • What lessons are there here for low-budget entrepreneurial start-ups?
  • What other products do you think can be handled in a similar way?
  • Sketch out a simple business plan for that product.

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Description: The right employees are essential to the success of your business, no matter your industry or growth stage. But for an early stage startup, the importance of your team can’t be understated. When you’re just starting out, every employee is a key employee. The wrong hire can cost you a lot of time and money to find and train their replacement. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor found the average cost of a bad hire is up to 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Jan 15, 2021

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2021/01/15/want-to-build-a-superteam-invest-in-emotional-intelligence/?sh=50bcd9835fd3

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say to managers looking to improve their organizations?
  • What do you think about this thinking and advice?

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Description: Robert Swan, who has held the job for two years, is leaving the Silicon Valley chip giant after an activist investor pressed for change.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 13, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/technology/intel-ceo-swan-gelsinger.html?searchResultPosition=1

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the leadership qualities needed at Intel according the investors who pressed for change?
  • How significant is Patrick Gelsinger’s history with the firm?
  • Do you think he is a good choice?

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Description: GM Canada says it has reached a tentative deal with Unifor that, if ratified, will see it invest $1 billion to transform its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to make commercial electric vehicles.

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Jan 16, 2021

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/gm-unifor-ingersoll-deal-1.5876387

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the role of the union in this deal and others mentioned in the report?
  • Do you believe the involvement of the union is becoming more important these days?

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Description: She has an incredible work ethic. That was one (of the many) takeaway from this episode. Lisa McLeod is a strategy consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker who has worked with some of the coolest companies on the planet. Lisa is the author of five books, including the global bestseller, Selling With Noble Purpose – How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, which she just updated and released recently. She wrote the book because her research revealed that salespeople with a purpose bigger than money, who truly want to make a difference to their customers, outsell salespeople focused on targets and quotas. Her other books include, Leading with Noble Purpose and The Triangle of Truth. If that were not enough she is one of LinkedIn Learning‘s most popular instructors, delivering over 25 courses, including Selling with Authenticity and Finding Your Purpose at Work. Prior to all of this excitement, Lisa was a sales leader at Procter & Gamble, and later at Vital Learning as VP of Sales, where their team doubled new business growth and increased recurring revenue by 50%. In addition to her business books, she also authored a collection of humor essays that was featured on Oprah.com, and her first book, Forget Perfect, was the subject of a segment on Good Morning America. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 17, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/lisa-mcleod-on-selling-with-noble-purpose-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights you have learned from this interview.
  • What do you believe is the single most important lesson a learner should internalize and practice in their business career?

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Description: Suarez’s schedule and phone have blown up since he accidentally launched a Twitter campaign to make Miami the latest innovation hub in early December, when someone on the app suggested bringing Silicon Valley to the Sunshine State. His “How can I help?” response generated 2.3 million organic impressions alone, he says.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 17, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/17/miami-mayor-francis-suarez-using-twitter-to-build-next-silicon-valley.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the reasons Miami is attracting attention in the tech field.
  • How is the mayor marketing Miami?
  • What do you believe are the primary benefits to businesses that select Miami as a location for tech start-ups?

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Description: Our company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” An organized work force will help us live up to it.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 04, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/opinion/google-union.html?auth=login-email&login=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening to Google as employees organize?
  • How do you suggest management and employees deal with the issues facing the firm?
  • Do you think this process is good for the company?

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Description: Amazon said Tuesday it’s buying 11 used Boeing 767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet, the latest sign of how cargo carriers are growing while passenger airlines rush to shrink their fleets as Covid-19 hurts travel demand.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 05, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/05/amazon-buys-boeing-jets-from-delta-westjet-as-aircraft-prices-drop.html

Questions for discussion:

  • From an operations point of view, why does building an independent fleet make sense for Amazon ?
  • What do you think this development means for the air travel and transportation industry after passenger travel returns to more normal levels of operations?

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Description: With Covid-19 battering the economy, helping aspiring business owners seems like a no-brainer. So, where’s the relief?

Source: INC.com

Date: Jan 04, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202102/leigh-buchanan/student-loan-debt-entrepreneurship-millennial-startup-founders.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are some of the obstacles to starting up a business, as described in this article?
  • What lessons should entrepreneurial thinking students take away from the report?

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Description: A red-hot trend in the car industry is for new entrants such as Fisker Inc. to hand over the complicated and capital-intensive work of engineering and building vehicles to a contract manufacturer. Increasingly, cars are judged on their software and electronics so why bother wasting time and money on metal bashing?

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Jan 05, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/a-us-21-billion-wager-on-a-canadian-company-that-could-build-the-apple-car-1.1543863

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this manufacturing arrangement make sense for Apple?
  • Can this be a model for other management operations, in your opinion?