How Marketers Can Adapt to Event Cancellations Brought on by Coronavirus

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Description: In-person events are a cornerstone touchpoint for many B2B companies, but as the outbreak of the newest strain of the coronavirus progresses worldwide, major business events have been canceled or postponed. This will come at great cost to marketing budgets and can have a lasting impact on revenues and sales. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 6, 2020… Read more »

Elon Musk calls this a ‘powerful, powerful way of thinking’—but is ‘hard to do.’ Here’s how it works

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Description: In a 2013 TED talk, the billionaire entrepreneur revealed his “secret sauce” to achieving extraordinary things: “First principles” thinking, a decision-making strategy in which you “boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy.” Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 29, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/28/billionaire-elon-musk-this-is-a-powerful-way-of-thinking-but-hard-to-do-how-it-works.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article… Read more »

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture

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Description: Why does every damn place—even old-school corporate offices—have to be fun and full of foosball? Source: Wired.com Date: Feb 24, 2020 Link: https://www.wired.com/story/how-silicon-valley-ruined-work-culture/ Questions for discussion: Describe the work environments and the problems they are associated with, according to the article. Why have work environments become so different from what they once were? How… Read more »

Employee Activism Works—Even When It Doesn’t

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Description: Movements that once seemed futile have produced big results over time thanks to “behavioral contagion,” a.k.a. peer pressure. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-26/employee-activism-works-even-when-it-doesn-t?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: What does the report say about employee influence and corporate decisions? What does all of this suggest to management?

A Texas Border Town’s Booming Trade in Great Tacos

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Description: Brownsville has its troubles, but it’s also starting to draw attention for its thriving collection of distinctive taquerias. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/dining/tacos-brownsville-texas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Questions for discussion: How has Brownsville responded to the economic challenges it is facing? What else could this community capitalize on because of its location, culture and history?

How to make sense of the latest tech surge

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Description: In 2018 a new word entered Silicon Valley’s lexicon: the “techlash”, or the risk of a consumer and regulatory revolt against big tech. Today that threat seems empty. Even as regulators discuss new rules and activists fret about the right to privacy, the shares of the five biggest American tech firms have been on a… Read more »

Enjoy The Extra Day Off! More Bosses Give 4-Day Workweek A Try

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Description: Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek. Source: NPR.org Date: Feb 21, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/807133509/enjoy-the-extra-day-off-more-bosses-give-4-day-workweek-a-try Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the results of a shorter workweek? What are the issues related to this for operations and HR decisions?

Sask. CEO one of few women leading TSX-listed companies

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Description: Women are still disproportionately under-represented in the boardrooms of Canadian businesses but more companies are moving toward greater gender parity, says one of the few female CEOs overseeing a company today. Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-ceo-one-of-few-women-leading-tsx-listed-companies-1.5467911 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the representation of women in Canadian… Read more »

Google’s head of HR to step down

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Description: Google’s head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s top executives and rank and file employees. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Feb 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/02/10/google-hr-exec-to-step-down/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing HR and management overall at the firm. What do these… Read more »

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »