Layered Leadership and Apple’s Rise to the Top

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Description: n their book The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, Revised and Updated Edition: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy, Wharton management professors Harbir Singh and Michael Useem draw on one-on-one interviews and their own research to take readers into the offices — and mindsets — of some of today’s foremost strategic leaders. In the following excerpt adapted from the book, Singh and… Read more »

Disney appoints its first female board chair

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Description: Walt Disney Co. has announced that Susan E. Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as chairman of the board, the first time a woman has held the position at the company, effective December 31st. Source: NPR.org Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1060835197/move-over-mickey-minnies-in-the-big-chair-at-disney-now Questions for discussion: What is the significance of this announcement, in your opinion?… Read more »

Tesla says it needs graphite from China for batteries, requests tariff waiver

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Description: Tesla is among the hundreds of auto industry players asking the U.S. Trade Representative for extended tariff waivers on parts and materials imported from China used to make or repair cars. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/02/tesla-seeks-tariff-exemption-for-graphite-from-china-for-batteries.html Questions for discussion: How have tariffs affected Tesla operations and marketing? What are the pros… Read more »

‘You need to pay them well’: Ontario Labour Minister on Tim Hortons ‘hiring crisis’

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Description: The link between labour shortages and stagnant or uneven wages being paid by some businesses is “apparent” to Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton. And he says that point was made clearer to him this week when new details came to light about frontline staff compensation at Tim Hortons. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link:… Read more »

Elle magazine says it will ban fur from its publications worldwide

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Description: Lifestyle and fashion magazine ELLE announced Thursday it is banning fur from all pages of its publications in a move to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes. Source: NPR.org Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1061053897/elle-magazine-ban-fur-from-publications Questions for discussion: What are the implications of this decision and the publicity from it on the various industries and… Read more »

Twitter’s New CEO Makes His Mark With Executive Reshuffle

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Description: (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, who just took the reins from Jack Dorsey this week, is already shaking up the management ranks. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/twitter-shuffles-executive-team-following-202309898.html Questions for discussion: Explain the shake up at Twitter. What direction would you expect management to take at this time?… Read more »

It’s time we include neurodiverse people when talking DEI

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Description: One in five Americans has a learning or thinking difference. Leaders should create a culture that welcomes them. ​Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90695782/its-time-we-include-neurodiverse-people-when-talking-dei Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in the report and advice for managers? What do you think about this issue?

Why Hybrid Workforces Won’t Solve the Great Resignation for Startups

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Description: Employers should always build a culture where the employees matter, and not just by saying they matter. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/jay-steinfeld/why-hybrid-workforces-wont-solve-great-resignation-for-startups.html Questions for discussion: What does the report advise start-up companies and the reasons given? Do you agree with this line of thinking? How should start-ups deal with the current… Read more »

Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem

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Description: A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/technology/amazon-employee-leave-errors.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for this managerial mess. What are the likely consequences for the firm and employees as a result of this publicity?… Read more »

Couche-Tard CEO optimistic worst of labour shortages is behind it

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says labour shortages have been a big challenge for its convenience stores and suppliers, but the Quebec company believes the worst is behind it. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Nov 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/couche-tard-ceo-optimistic-worst-of-labour-shortages-is-behind-it-1.1686765 Questions for discussion: How have labour shortages affected this firm? How has the firm mitigated this problem? What are… Read more »