Google CEO addresses employee concerns about loss of ‘candor, honesty, humility and frankness’ by execs

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Description: Google employees are pressing executives to bring back a part of the company’s culture that, in the past, made it a desirable place to work: candor. ​Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 21, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/21/google-ceo-addresses-employee-concerns-over-loss-of-candor-and-honesty.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues facing the company? What is the significance of the recognition by the firm’s… Read more »

Next for the metaverse: convincing you it’s not just for kids

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Description: When a video game company only your kids have heard of goes public at a $38 billion valuation, you pay attention. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 22, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/22/here-are-the-companies-building-the-metaverse-meta-roblox-epic.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in this industry that should interest buiness people? What issues are related to the management applications such as the use… Read more »

The Big Question: Could Peloton Sue Over Its ‘And Just Like That’ Appearance?

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Description: A Peloton stationary bike played a pivotal role on the new HBO Max “Sex and the City” revival, whose premiere preceded a drop in the company’s stock price on Friday. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 11, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/11/arts/television/peloton-sex-and-the-city.html? Questions for discussion: What are the legal issues and risks related to product placements? What is… Read more »

Facebook Workplace executive departing to join venture capital firm as talent exodus continues

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Description: The head of Facebook’s Workplace business software unit has left for venture capital, becoming the latest high-profile departure from the social media company in 2021. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/07/facebook-workplace-executive-departing-to-join-venture-capital-firm.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the top management situation at the firm? What explains this… Read more »

Apple’s Tim Cook signed $275 billion deal to placate China – The Information

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Description: (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook signed an agreement with Chinese officials, estimated to be worth about $275 billion, to placate threats that would have hobbled its devices and services in the country, The Information reported on Tuesday. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apples-tim-cook-signed-275-142736543.html Questions for discussion: What does this… Read more »

Baseball’s record-setting free agency spending spree, in charts

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Description: Major League Baseball deal-making came to a screeching halt at midnight on Thursday when the league’s collective bargaining agreement expired, causing a lockout. But that didn’t stop a record-setting amount of cash that was doled out in the free agency market in the days before. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 06, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/06/baseballs-record-setting-free-agency-spending-spree-in-charts.html Questions for… Read more »

Layered Leadership and Apple’s Rise to the Top

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Description: n their book The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, Revised and Updated Edition: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy, Wharton management professors Harbir Singh and Michael Useem draw on one-on-one interviews and their own research to take readers into the offices — and mindsets — of some of today’s foremost strategic leaders. In the following excerpt adapted from the book, Singh and… Read more »

Disney appoints its first female board chair

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Description: Walt Disney Co. has announced that Susan E. Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as chairman of the board, the first time a woman has held the position at the company, effective December 31st. Source: NPR.org Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1060835197/move-over-mickey-minnies-in-the-big-chair-at-disney-now Questions for discussion: What is the significance of this announcement, in your opinion?… Read more »

Tesla says it needs graphite from China for batteries, requests tariff waiver

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Description: Tesla is among the hundreds of auto industry players asking the U.S. Trade Representative for extended tariff waivers on parts and materials imported from China used to make or repair cars. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/02/tesla-seeks-tariff-exemption-for-graphite-from-china-for-batteries.html Questions for discussion: How have tariffs affected Tesla operations and marketing? What are the pros… Read more »

‘You need to pay them well’: Ontario Labour Minister on Tim Hortons ‘hiring crisis’

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Description: The link between labour shortages and stagnant or uneven wages being paid by some businesses is “apparent” to Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton. And he says that point was made clearer to him this week when new details came to light about frontline staff compensation at Tim Hortons. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link:… Read more »