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Description: Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said the company is seeing pre-pandemic productivity levels from employees again — thanks to leadership coaching and employee surveys.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/18/how-google-improved-employee-productivity-during-covid-19-pandemic.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how the firm handled the challenges of the pandemic?
  • Do you think these decisions should carry forward as more normal business resets?

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Description: What does inclusive leadership look like? And why is it key for teams’ and organizations’ success? Susan Brady, CEO of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, joins the podcast to talk about psychological safety, why employees need to feel safe speaking up at work and what she believes is the most important skill for leaders to have.

Source: Gallup.com – podcast

Date: Nov 19, 2020

Link: https://news.gallup.com/podcast/326093/susan-brady-important-leadership-skill-listening.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points presented by Susan Brady.
  • What are the lessons managers should take away from this interview?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #748 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’m a reader. I pride myself on reading. Mostly business and non-fiction books. I can work through 1-2 of them per week… that is until Covid 19 hit. I was in a funk with my reading. Just could not get through a book. No matter what I did. No matter how hard I tried. Then, Seth Godin sent me an advance copy of his latest book, The Practice – Shipping Creative Work. I sat down, cracked the spine, and this book grabbed me by the neck and would not let go. I found myself peeling through the pages, taking notes, smiling, thinking, reflecting, and finding my groove back. That’s what Seth Godin does to me. Every. Damn. Time. When people ask me who inspires me? His name is always first. When people ask me what books to read? HIs name is always first. When people ask me what blog to read? His name is first. When people ask me about great online courses? His name is first. Seth is the author of twenty books (most of them are massive bestsellers). Beyond his daily blogging prose, he has a great podcast (The Akimbo Podcast) and has been doing a ton of fascinating courses online that include marketing and podcasting workshops and his signature, altMBA. If you’re looking for smarts, you need not look any further. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Nov 08, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-748-seth-godin-on-shipping-your-best-work/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas that you believe HR managers should be aware of as they relate to the concept of work and employee attitudes.
  • What do you think of these ideas?

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Description: BNN Bloomberg is proud to announce the 2020 recipients of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award, a celebration of the top up-and-coming leaders in the country.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 21, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-s-top-40-under-40-the-next-leaders-for-2020-1.1513685

Questions for discussion:

  • Can you identify any commonalities shared by many of these leaders?
  • What do you suppose makes for a great leader?

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Description: Walmart and Target both reported stellar third-quarter earnings this week, sending their shares soaring. And once again, the biggest headline for both was e-commerce. Walmart (WMT) said its online sales rose 79% in the quarter. Target (TGT) said its online sales rose 155%.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/target-and-walmart-prove-the-pandemic-ecommerce-surge-wont-reverse-133454888.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Covid-19 affected e-commerce related business?
  • Why are the analysts confident that the growth online will be permanent? Do you agree?

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Description: 8VC founding partner and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week about why he decided to move his company from California to Texas. He joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss what tipped him over the edge and the reasons behind the decision.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/11/18/8vc-founder-joe-lonsdale-on-why-he-decided-to-move-this-company-from-california-to-texas.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons Joe Lonsdale is moving his business out of California?
  • How might this decision affect management and operations?
  • What message is he sending to governments?

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Description: Layoffs hit a record low in September, but permanent job losers are skyrocketing. Yahoo Finance’s Myles Udland breaks down today’s Morning Brief on Yahoo Finance Live.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/were-starting-see-long-term-152158910.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about employment numbers and specific sectors in the economy?
  • How should HR managers interpret these numbers in terms of their own hiring planning?

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Description: How confronting personal crises led one company’s co-founders to emerge stronger.

Source: INC.com

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202011/cameron-albert-deitch/front-mathilde-collin-laurent-perrin-cancer-depression-crisis.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the lessons managers and entrepreneurs should take away from this article?
  • Are there more general lessons about life and work balance and the challenges we deal with?

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Description: Devon Broglie is the latest figure in the Court of Master Sommeliers to be accused of an inappropriate relationship.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 06, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/06/dining/drinks/court-master-sommeliers-chairman-resigns.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How can the organization deal with this public issue in the short term?
  • What can they do longer-term to reduce the chances of a repeat?
  • What is the impact on the organization when accusations and resignations occur?

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Description: Employers need to check in with their employees ‘or risk detrimental and long-term impacts on business performance’

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/executive-summary/posthaste-posthaste-nov-12-nearly-half-of-working-canadians-say-they-need-help-and-its-hurting-our-productivity

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say is happening to working Canadians?
  • What should management be doing about these developments?