As Main Street crisis worsens, Facebook launches new small business platform

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Description: Facebook is increasing its focus on the small business community, launching a new interface called “Business Suite” on Thursday which is targeted at small businesses that have struggled throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 17, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/17/as-main-street-crisis-worsens-facebook-launches-small-business-hub.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the situation at Facebook… Read more »

SPOS #737 – David Burkus On Building Great Teams With Purpose

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #737 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the world’s leading business thinkers (and my friend), David Burkus, is a forward-thinking idea machine focused on helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of five books about business and leadership (including The Myths… Read more »

Worried About Disengaged Employees? Make These 7 Changes.

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Description: Engagement strategies create happier employees and stronger companies. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/355186 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the level of employee engagement? Why do you suppose this is the situation? How can managers increase employee engagement?

How four millennials came out of nowhere to dominate the mobile COVID-19 testing industry

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Description: Switch Health has tested hockey players and factory workers and won the support of Rona Ambrose, who sits on the board Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 14, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/how-four-millennials-came-out-of-nowhere-to-dominate-the-mobile-covid-19-testing-industry/wcm/1253aa3c-d93b-4d10-a516-e73f5d27267d/ Questions for discussion: Explain why the concept succeeded as a venture? What were the critical items in the recipe for success?

The holiday shopping season could start on 10/10/2020 with retailers hopeful that consumers will turn out early

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Description: Forget Thanksgiving Day. The start to the holiday shopping season could be October 10, or 10/10/2020, according to Keith Jelinek, managing director in the retail practice at global consultancy Berkeley Research Group. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 16, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-holiday-shopping-season-could-start-on-10-10-2020-with-retailers-hopeful-that-consumers-will-turn-out-early-11600197849?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the basis for these notions of an earlier start… Read more »

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy With Apple Watch

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Description: Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 15, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/singapore-to-pay-citizens-for-keeping-healthy-with-apple-watch?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Describe the partnership plan between Apple, government,… Read more »

The Woman Taking Over TikToc at the Toughest Time

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Description: Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 09, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/technology/tiktok-vanessa-pappas-bytedance.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the situation at the firm and how management… Read more »

The best back-to-school benefits companies are offering their employees

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Description: At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, companies quickly realized the old workplace benefits—on-site meals and dry-cleaning, anyone?—wouldn’t translate to remote work. Businesses raced to introduce benefits that their employees could take advantage of—and that would be most helpful— during the global crisis. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/09/10/back-to-school-benefits-discounts-parents-caregivers/ Questions for discussion: What are… Read more »

Big Tech is turning on one another amid antitrust probes and litigation

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Description: “Battle royale” evokes images of professional wrestlers engaged in a free-for-all brawl in which combatants eventually turn on one another until there is an eventual winner. With apologies to Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, Big Tech is taking on the same trappings as companies turn on one another amid multiple antitrust investigations and… Read more »

Kindergarten is the new calculus: How a private tutoring company survived a pandemic

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Description: Joanne Sallay’s in-person tutoring business faced overnight extinction. And then the elementary school parents started calling Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Aug 27, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/kindergarten-is-the-new-calculus-how-a-private-tutoring-company-survived-a-pandemic/wcm/b4622ea7-d5c4-4354-b4cd-5d37caeb36e3/ Questions for discussion: How did operations change as a result of coronavirus? How does the report illustrate entrepreneurial management?