Jenny Blake On How To Love Your Work – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Time is not money. Time is life force. This is the core of Jenny Blake‘s powerful new book, Free Time – Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business. Jenny is an author and podcaster (and friend) who loves helping people navigate change and free time to do more of their best work. Jenny is the author of… Read more »

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

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Description: As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/technology/intel-chip-shortage.html? Questions for discussion: What are the direct economic benefits due to investments in these plants? What are the factors of production needed in order to set up these plants? Given… Read more »

How to Have More Successful Conversations

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Description: In his latest paper, Schweitzer and his co-authors introduce a framework to help people have more successful conversations by identifying and understanding the motives of each participant. The model is called the “conversational circumplex,” and it maps conversations along two key axes: informational and relational. Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-to-have-more-successful-conversations/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=3-30-2022&utm_content=How_to_Have_More_Successful_Conversations Questions… Read more »

Mandatory Meetings Reveal Amazon’s Approach to Resisting Unions

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Description: The company has held hundreds of meetings with workers to discourage them from supporting a union in two upcoming elections. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 24, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/24/business/amazon-meetings-union-elections.html? Questions for discussion: Why is the company against unionization efforts and what arguments are they presenting to employees, according to the report? What do you think… Read more »

Google employees bombard execs with questions about pay at recent all-hands meeting

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Description: Google executives, facing a barrage of criticism from employees on issues related to compensation, defended the company’s competitiveness at a recent all-hands meeting while acknowledging that the performance review process could change. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/google-employees-bombard-execs-about-pay-at-recent-all-hands-meeting.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the perception of… Read more »

Howard Levitt: Employers can enforce masking policies even after provincial mandates are gone

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Description: Howard Levitt and Tara Seosankar: Employees beware — unmasking is not an absolute right in Canadian workplaces Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/howard-levitt-employers-can-enforce-masking-policies-even-after-provincial-mandates-are-gone Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the workplace rules and regulations that will apply? How should management deal with these rules and employees who might not… Read more »

BlackRock’s Larry Fink, who oversees $10 trillion, says Russia-Ukraine war is ending globalization

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Description: Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of the world’s biggest asset manager BlackRock, said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the world order that had been in place since the end of the Cold War. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 24, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/blackrocks-larry-fink-who-oversees-10-trillion-says-russia-ukraine-war-is-ending-globalization.html Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the Larry Fink’s assessment… Read more »

A Plastic Bag’s 2,000-Mile Journey Shows the Messy Truth About Recycling

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Description: When the British supermarket chain Tesco Plc first started ­collecting plastic bags and wrappers from customers to be recycled in March 2021, Caroline Ragueneau was thrilled. She was working as a retail assistant at a Tesco store in southwest England when the first white deposit boxes appeared, promising to turn what’s typically discarded back… Read more »

Dealing with Difficult Customers? How Gig Workers Push Back

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Description: One of the ways that platforms such as Uber and Lyft ensure good customer service is by allowing riders to rate drivers on an app. If drivers want to keep working, they’ve got to keep those ratings up. But anyone who has been in a service job knows that customers can be difficult and… Read more »

How Founding CEOs Can Better Lead Companies After Growth

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Description: Don’t believe the old saw that a founder can’t be a growth CEO–but do shift your focus from products to people. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 23, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202203/eren-bali/carbon-health-udemy-growth-leadership-advice.html Questions for discussion: Why is the leadership thinking changing, according to the article? How does this help marketers promote the company and brand to customers… Read more »