Small Businesses Unite to Push Vaccinations

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Description: Vaccines are crucial for returning to business as usual. Employers are eager to help. Source: INC.com Date: Apr 07, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/mary-yang/small-businesses-vaccine-leaders-pledge.html ​Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to participation in this initiative? How would you advise management to promote vaccination within their organization while dealing with expected rejection by some… Read more »

Jeff Bezos Is Taunting Politicians. Will They Take the Bait?

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Description: A labor battle in Alabama is a referendum on Amazon’s strategy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 3, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/opinion/bezos-politicians-tech-regulations.html Questions for discussion: According to the article, what is the strategy being followed by Jeff Bezos and other tech firms? Do you think the labor movement will gain momentum from developments in this industry? What… Read more »

Job Training That’s Free Until You’re Hired Is a Blueprint for Biden

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Description: Social Finance, a nonprofit, is spreading a model in which training programs get paid if students get hired, not just if they enroll. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 07, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/business/job-training-thats-free-until-youre-hired-is-a-blueprint-for-biden.html Questions for discussion: What do you think of this nonprofit business model and Social Finance, in particular? Is this a replacement for traditional… Read more »

Meet the 7-year-old who asked Old Navy to put pockets in girls’ jeans

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Description: Learning to write persuasive letters in first grade, 7-year-old Kamryn Gardner wrote to Old Navy, asking them to put real pockets in girls’ jeans – and the retailer responded by sending her jeans with pockets! Joining TODAY live with her parents, Kamryn says “I was very excited … I thought it was a birthday… Read more »

Google is accelerating partial reopening of offices and putting limits on future of remote work

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Description: Google, one of the first major U.S. companies to send employees home last year because of the coronavirus, is setting new remote work guidelines as it speeds up plans to get staffers back to the office. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/google-speeds-partial-office-reopening-and-puts-limits-on-remote-work.html ​Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose… Read more »

How a Controlled Crisis Can Energize Your Company

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Description: Sometimes, a little extra pressure can help your team make better decisions and scale new heights. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 30, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202104/bill-shapiro/controlled-crisis-pressure-focus-ideas-jonathan-mcbride.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the strategic ideas presented in this article. What do you think of these suggestions? What are the risks and benefits to the business, in your opinion?

Victoria Labalme On Risking Forward – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: My friend and fellow speaker, Victoria Labalme, is a performing artist, performance coach, documentarian (her film, Muppet Guys Talking, is amazing), and author. She’s performed for over two decades in film, TV, Broadway and comedy clubs. From there, she realized that helping people awaken their hidden genius and perform at their highest levels was her jam…. Read more »

New funding platform tries to bring down barriers for women entrepreneurs and investors

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Description: Pilot project gives more people a chance to invest in new startups, increasing access to early-stage capital for women-led businesses ​Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 10, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/new-funding-platform-tries-to-bring-down-barriers-for-women-entrepreneurs-and-investors Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this form of financing services? Do you think that all parties are well served by this… Read more »

Canadian Tire ranked most reputable company in commerce during year of upheaval

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Description: Canadian Tire is the most reputable company in Canadian commerce, according to a report released today by Léger Marketing Inc. that offers a snapshot of how the pandemic has affected Canadians’ perceptions of certain companies and sectors. ​Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 24, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/canadian-tire-ranked-most-reputable-company-in-commerce-during-year-of-upheaval Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

H&M blasted on Chinese social media for pulling Xinjiang cotton

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Description: Chinese net users have called for a boycott of Hennes & Mauritz AB because it won’t use cotton from Xinjiang, thrusting the world’s second-largest clothing retailer into the Asian nation’s human rights controversy. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/h-m-blasted-on-chinese-social-media-for-pulling-xinjiang-cotton-1.1581583 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues involved in this report…. Read more »