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”?

2.4M Canadian jobs at risk as COVID swarms small business: CFIB

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Description: The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Thursday one in six or about 181,000 Canadian small business owners are now seriously contemplating closing. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 21, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/2-4m-canadian-jobs-at-risk-as-covid-swarms-small-business-cfib-1.1551687 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key concerns presented in the report. What is the role of government in this story?… Read more »

How Bitcoin tanked on a false ‘double spend’ rumor

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Description: Bitcoin fell around 15% on Thursday, briefly tumbling below $30,000 before rallying later in the day. This is hardly the first time the price has swung wildly—volatility is Bitcoin’s hallmark—but Thursday’s events are notable because they were partly triggered by false rumors of an existential event: a double-spend. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date:… Read more »

Fast-Growing Alternative To Facebook And Twitter Finds Post-Trump Surge ‘Messy’

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Description: The alternative social network MeWe had 12 million users at the end of 2020. Barely three weeks into 2021 — and two since a right-wing mob attacked the U.S. Capitol — the company says it’s now passed 16 million. Source: NPR.org Date: Jan 22, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/22/958877682/fast-growing-alternative-to-facebook-twitter-finds-right-wing-surge-messy Questions for discussion: Summarize the conflicting issues… Read more »

How the Blenders Eyewear founder turned a $2,000 loan into a $90 million business in 7 years

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Description: The reaction to his cheap shades made Fisher realize there was an untapped market for stylish sunglasses that weren’t as expensive as name-brands, which he could cash in on. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 16, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/16/how-founder-made-blenders-a-90-million-dollar-business.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the steps taken to establish this brand. What lessons are there here for… Read more »

Want To Build A Superteam? Invest In Emotional Intelligence

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Description: The right employees are essential to the success of your business, no matter your industry or growth stage. But for an early stage startup, the importance of your team can’t be understated. When you’re just starting out, every employee is a key employee. The wrong hire can cost you a lot of time and… Read more »

Intel, Under Pressure to Rethink Its Business, Ousts Its Chief Executive

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Description: Robert Swan, who has held the job for two years, is leaving the Silicon Valley chip giant after an activist investor pressed for change. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 13, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/technology/intel-ceo-swan-gelsinger.html?searchResultPosition=1 Questions for discussion: What are the leadership qualities needed at Intel according the investors who pressed for change? How significant is Patrick… Read more »

GM, Unifor reach tentative deal to build electric delivery vans in Ontario

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Description: GM Canada says it has reached a tentative deal with Unifor that, if ratified, will see it invest $1 billion to transform its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., to make commercial electric vehicles. Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 16, 2021 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/gm-unifor-ingersoll-deal-1.5876387 Questions for discussion: What is the role of the union in this deal and others… Read more »