Elon Musk Just Said MBAs Are Overrated, and He’s Dead Right

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Description: MBA graduates may be good at PowerPoint but they don’t know how things really work. Source: Inc.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/elon-musk-just-said-mbas-are-overrated-hes-dead-right.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis of Elon Musk’s commentary about managers and the MBA graduate? Do you agree with this sentiment? What is the solution for the MBA?  

SPOS #761 – Dave Crenshaw On How To Master Your Productivity

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #761 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are days when I am not feeling at all productive. I usually think to myself, “WWDCD?” Or… “What Would Dave Crenshaw Do?” That’s how much Dave has inspired me, since we both met in a mastermind that was formulated during the early days… Read more »

60% of Indigenous workers feel emotionally unsafe on the job: Catalyst survey

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Description: TORONTO — As Krystal Abotossaway navigated corporate Canada over the last decade, the Toronto woman with Anishinaabe Kwe heritage always paid always took care to be on time, to watch her drinking at after-work events and to be agreeable in meetings. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Feb 10, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/60-indigenous-workers-feel-emotionally-150858957.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the… Read more »

Apple Is the World’s Most Admired Company for the 14th Year in a Row. Facebook Isn’t Even on the List

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Description: It doesn’t take long to damage your reputation. Just ask Facebook. Source: INC.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apple-is-worlds-most-admired-company-for-14th-year-in-a-row-facebook-isnt-even-on-list.html Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest contributes to a company’s admiration or its absence? How does this information affect marketing? How should investors weigh this information?

Reddit, the Talk of the Internet, Raises $250 Million

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Description: The start-up, which was at the center of a recent stock market frenzy, was valued at $6 billion in the new funding round. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/technology/reddit-raises-250-million.html Questions for discussion: What makes Reddit a special type of social media? What is their revenue source? What will they use the investment… Read more »

2 Prominent ‘New York Times’ Journalists Depart Over Past Behavior

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Description: Two widely heralded journalists for The New York Times departed the paper Friday after unrelated episodes of their past behavior received sharp new scrutiny from other media outlets, readers and colleagues. Source: NPR.org Date: Feb 06, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/06/964618301/two-prominent-new-york-times-journalists-depart-over-past-behavior Questions for discussion: What is the story here from a human resource management point of view? Was… Read more »

Coca-Cola pens letter committing to diversity initiatives

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Description: Bradley Gayton, General Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company, joins Yahoo Finance’s Kristin Myers to discuss the company’s plan to boost diversity efforts in 2021. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Feb 01, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/coca-cola-pens-letter-committing-194813112.html Questions for discussion: What is the plan at Coca-Cola? What do you think about this targeted effort? What else… Read more »

Daymond John says you can shift the power in any room—as long as you master these skills

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Description: Daymond John, entrepreneur and investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” says the key to owning any room is being confident. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 01, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/01/daymond-john-how-to-shift-the-power-in-any-room.html Questions for discussion: What are the suggestions Daymond John presents in this article? What do think about his suggestions? Do you think these skills… Read more »

Jesse Kline: Out-of-business Canadian retailers only have themselves to blame

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Description: Amazon makes billions because it is easy to use and others should copy its free shipping model and other conveniences Source: NationalPost.com Date: Feb 04, 2021 Link: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jesse-kline-amazon-made-jeff-bezos-billions-because-the-store-is-easy-to-use-others-should-copy-it Questions for discussion: Summarize the key criticisms of Canadian retailers, as presented in the article. Do you think this is fair criticism of management? What are… Read more »

Here’s what really happens to the items you return online

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Description: You open up the box. For whatever reason, you don’t like it.  So, you send it back…for free. No questions asked. The retailer pays for the shipping costs and already is losing money. Immediately the hourglass of profit turns. Each grain of sand, a few cents dropping from the original price of that air fryer. Source: CNN.com – video… Read more »