Google’s ‘Thanksgiving Four’ present a challenge to leadership as campus activism rises

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Description: Google leadership may consider the leaking of sensitive information by employees as the biggest threat to its culture. But the more pressing issue the company faces is a massive wave of activism that’s now turned some of its loudest critics into heroes. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 27, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/27/googles-thanksgiving-four-present-a-challenge-to-leadership.html Questions for… Read more »

Employers Have a New Idea for Inclusive Recruitment: Hiring for Diversity of Thought

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Description: Intent on creating a cohesive culture, companies have focused for the past few years on recruiting candidates based less on specific job skills (those can be taught) than on traits like shared values, similar backgrounds, and even personal chemistry with the hiring manager. An unintended consequence: Too much emphasis on cultural fit can lead… Read more »

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon: ‘We could go away at any minute’

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Description: Walmart is constantly evolving to avoid dying off, as plenty of other retailers have, according to the company’s chief executive officer. “Walmart is not arrogant,” CEO Doug McMillon said at CNBC’s Evolve Summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. “We could go away at any minute. I think most of us act that way… Read more »

Wireless woes drive surge in Canadian telecom complaints: CCTS

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Description: Complaints against telecom and cable companies rose by 35 per cent last year to hit a record high as an upward surge in disputes continued for a second straight year, says the consumer agency tasked to deal with them. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/wireless-woes-drive-surge-in-canadian-telecom-complaints-ccts-1.1354722 Questions for discussion: What is the source… Read more »

TV Ad Spending Will Never Be the Same

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, vice president of content studio Paul Verna and vice president of forecasting Monica Peart talk about the peaking of US TV ad spending. Why has it stopped growing, how does cord-cutting contribute, and what makes video streaming services attractive? They then discuss the performance of Disney+ in its first… Read more »

Charlene Li On The Disruption Mindset – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset – Why Some… Read more »

Former Amazon executive on the 5-star success lesson he learned from online giant’s customer ratings

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Description: Dan Lewis, CEO of trucking logistics start-up Convoy, spent many years at Amazon before founding his own company. Among the biggest projects he worked on as Amazon’s general manager of new shopping experiences was helping to build an online ratings and reviews model. It was a big problem from the online retail giant in… Read more »

YouTube CEO implores video creators to take some time off

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Description: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says in 2019, she’s been hearing more about creators feeling the need to constantly produce content, resulting in burnout. So much so, that she asked her product teams to pull some data. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/21/youtube-ceo-anne-wojicki-to-video-creators-take-some-time-off.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What do you think about how the… Read more »

Rethinking McKinsey

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Description: Disrupting the management priesthood Source: TheEconomist.com Date: Nov 23, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2019/11/21/rethinking-mckinsey?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2019/11/21n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/346869/n Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about McKinsey and the industry challenges taking place. What do you think the firm will look like in the future?

Comcast Is Challenging a 153-Year-Old Law That Protects Against Racial Discrimination. We Can’t Let That Happen

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Description: Today, the Supreme Court is hearing one of the most important civil rights cases to come before it this term. Comcast, which is number 32 on the Fortune 500, is poised to take an unprecedented step. Because of a dispute with a black businessman, the company has urged the Supreme Court to roll back the… Read more »