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Description: Vaccines are crucial for returning to business as usual. Employers are eager to help.

Source: INC.com

Date: Apr 07, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/mary-yang/small-businesses-vaccine-leaders-pledge.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial issues related to participation in this initiative?
  • How would you advise management to promote vaccination within their organization while dealing with expected rejection by some employees?

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Description: A labor battle in Alabama is a referendum on Amazon’s strategy.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 3, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/opinion/bezos-politicians-tech-regulations.html

Questions for discussion:

  • According to the article, what is the strategy being followed by Jeff Bezos and other tech firms?
  • Do you think the labor movement will gain momentum from developments in this industry?
  • What would you advise both sides to this story?

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Description: If you can’t take them over, defund them

Source: Economist.com

Date: Apr 6, 2021

Link: https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/04/06/populists-are-threatening-europes-independent-public-broadcasters?utm_campaign=the-economist-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud&utm_term=2021-04-06&utm_content=article-image-2&etear=nl_today_2

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the challenges facing these broadcasters and their management?
  • What advice would you suggest to governments and the public?
  • What would public defunding by governments do to the situation?

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Description: Climate change, environmental sustainability and public health concerns are now the critical lenses through which all potential innovations must be filtered

​Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Apr 08, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/the-innovation-imperative-digitization-and-decarbonization-are-picking-up-speed-and-policymakers-need-to-be-ready

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the business and managerial concerns related to the issues developed in this article?
  • How should management prepare to deal with these trends?

 

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Description: Social Finance, a nonprofit, is spreading a model in which training programs get paid if students get hired, not just if they enroll.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 07, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/business/job-training-thats-free-until-youre-hired-is-a-blueprint-for-biden.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think of this nonprofit business model and Social Finance, in particular?
  • Is this a replacement for traditional education and training funding?
  • How would you market this program to governments, businesses and learners?
  • What fields of training would likely benefit most from this model?

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Description: Learning to write persuasive letters in first grade, 7-year-old Kamryn Gardner wrote to Old Navy, asking them to put real pockets in girls’ jeans – and the retailer responded by sending her jeans with pockets! Joining TODAY live with her parents, Kamryn says “I was very excited … I thought it was a birthday present.”

Source: NBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 08, 2021

Link: https://www.today.com/video/meet-the-7-year-old-who-asked-old-navy-to-put-pockets-in-girls-jeans-109850693664

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the PR and other marketing benefits that derive from this story on national network television?
  • What does this story say about the management at Old Navy?
  • Do you think the publicity generated by this story can affect investors’ decisions about Old Navy?

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Description: Google, one of the first major U.S. companies to send employees home last year because of the coronavirus, is setting new remote work guidelines as it speeds up plans to get staffers back to the office.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/google-speeds-partial-office-reopening-and-puts-limits-on-remote-work.html

​Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose Google management has had a change of heart about working from home?
  • How do you think this will impact employees?
  • How do you think this announcement will influence other tech firms and other businesses, in general?

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Description: Sometimes, a little extra pressure can help your team make better decisions and scale new heights.

Source: INC.com

Date: Mar 30, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202104/bill-shapiro/controlled-crisis-pressure-focus-ideas-jonathan-mcbride.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the strategic ideas presented in this article.
  • What do you think of these suggestions?
  • What are the risks and benefits to the business, in your opinion?

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Description: My friend and fellow speaker, Victoria Labalme, is a performing artist, performance coach, documentarian (her film, Muppet Guys Talking, is amazing), and author. She’s performed for over two decades in film, TV, Broadway and comedy clubs. From there, she realized that helping people awaken their hidden genius and perform at their highest levels was her jam. Melding her skills gathered from the stage and comedy, she’s help many distinguish their brand and find competitive advantage by blending art and business. She is in the Speaker Hall of Fame, creator of the Rock The Room program, and most recently published a small (but powerful) book titled, Risk Forward – Embrace The Unknown And Unlock Your Hidden Genius. In short, if you’re not one of the few people in life who know exactly what they want to achieve, then this book is for you. Enjoy the conversation…

​Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Mar 28, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/victoria-labalme-on-risking-forward-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key ideas Victoria Labalme speaks about that would be of interest to managers?
  • What do you think of her perceptions of creativity and other insights to good management thinking?

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Description: Pilot project gives more people a chance to invest in new startups, increasing access to early-stage capital for women-led businesses

​Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Mar 10, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/new-funding-platform-tries-to-bring-down-barriers-for-women-entrepreneurs-and-investors

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial issues related to this form of financing services?
  • Do you think that all parties are well served by this lending/investing structure?