Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping down — here’s why Amazon stock isn’t crashing

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Description: Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a once in a generation inventor that has fundamentally changed how humans buy stuff and interact with the internet. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Feb 03, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-is-stepping-down-heres-why-amazon-stock-isnt-crashing-230652383.html Questions for discussion: From a managerial point of view, explain why Amazon stock is basically unaffected by the news… Read more »

How the coronavirus pandemic may be causing support of labor unions to rise

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Description: Over the past several decades, union membership has steadily declined. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that in 1983, 20.1% of employed Americans were members of a union. By 2019, that share had decreased by roughly half to 10.3%. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 29, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/29/support-of-labor-unions-is-at-65percentheres-whats-behind-the-rise.html Questions for discussion: Explain the decline in union… Read more »

What ‘The Weirdest Job in Football’ Can Teach Us About Finding Ways to Win in Business

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Description: Throw-ins are an often-overlooked aspect of football that can create goal-scoring opportunities. Here’s how that can translate to business. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Jan 26, 2021 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/364109 Questions for discussion: What are the ideas suggested to managers in this article? Do you think they make sense and are practical in real business situations?

Using Data In Service To The People

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Description: Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day), which is observed in the United States, Canada, Israel and 47 European countries. This makes it a perfect time for marketers to examine how their brands use data and technology. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Jan 28, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360022/using-data-in-service-to-the-people.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Should governments name workplaces that have COVID-19 outbreaks? The pros and cons according to experts

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Description: Canada has a patchwork of different policies in place regarding the public disclosure of COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, and expert opinion seems as divided as the regulations on whether making outbreaks public helps or hinders the spread of the virus. Source: CBC.ca – video report Date: Jan 24, 2021 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/public-disclosure-workplace-outbreaks-covid-19-1.5884767 Questions for discussion:… Read more »

When will travel (advertising) recover, do social platforms look too similar, and what will happen to WhatsApp?

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Description: eMarketer senior analyst at Insider Intelligence Jasmine Enberg discusses when travel (and travel advertising) will recover and some good and not-so-good examples of how travel advertisers are running campaigns. She then talks about whether Twitter can make a space for healthy conversations, our expectations for WhatsApp, and the significance of social platforms ending the… Read more »

SPOS #759 – Scott Devine On Building A Thriving Online Business (No Gimmicks)

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #759 – Host: Mitch Joel. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is this: the brands that are either purely digital or the ones with a strong digital component felt much less pain. Look no further than the value of a company like Amazon or the incredible… Read more »

United Airlines CEO wants to make Covid vaccines mandatory for the company’s employees

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Description: United Airlines’ CEO wants to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for employees and is encouraging other companies do the same. It’s a stance that differs from what some other carriers and companies have recently said. United had more than 60,000 active U.S. employees at the end of 2020 and has sent recall notices to some 17,000 other workers… Read more »

Google Suspends Margaret Mitchell, Researcher In Its AI Division

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Description: Google has suspended Margaret Mitchell, Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) member and lead of the Ethical AI team, according to the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), which released a statement late Wednesday. Mitchell has not been fired, but is locked out of her account. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Jan 21, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/359795/google-suspends-margaret-mitchell-researcher-in-i.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121171&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ Questions for discussion: What are the… Read more »

Learning Leadership Takes Time. Just Ask Whole Foods CEO John Mackey

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Description: When Mackey’s groundbreaking business book, ‘Conscious Capitalism,’ led to even more questions about success, he decided to write another. Source: INC.com Date: Jan 21, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202102/graham-winfrey/john-mackey-whole-foods-conscious-leadership-business-book.html Questions for discussion: What is the key message John Mackey presents in this article? What do you think he means by the term “an evolving team”?