The metaverse is investable — and it’s going to be big, says tech billionaire

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Description: The so-called metaverse has a “big time” investment case, according to Puerto Rican billionaire businessman Orlando Bravo. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/15/orlando-bravo-metaverse-is-investable-and-its-going-to-be-very-big.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What is the metaverse concept? What are some design applications? How should investors regard this emerging field?

The Reason Your Organization Is Underperforming? A Lack of Clarity

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Description: Over the past two decades, the time that managers and employees spend in collaborative activities has skyrocketed by 50 percent or more. But don’t mistake this increase in collaboration for healthy collaboration–that’s a far call from the reality. ​Source: INC.com Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/rebecca-hinds/the-reason-your-organization-is-underperforming-a-lack-of-clarity.html Questions for discussion: What are the key recommendations presented in this article? Why… Read more »

Rebuilding Relationships Across Teams in a Hybrid Workplace

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Description: Summary.   The coming year of inventing our way toward whatever our workplaces will look like offers a marvelous opportunity to refresh and reinvent cross-functional relationships. Working to rebuild these bonds is especially important because most people won’t be returning to… Source: HBR.org Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://hbr.org/2021/11/rebuilding-relationships-across-teams-in-a-hybrid-workplace Questions for discussion: What does the report… Read more »

SNC-Lavalin CEO cancels Montreal speech, working on French

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Description: MONTREAL — The head of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has suddenly cancelled a speech to Montreal’s business community because his French-language skills need some work. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov 12, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/snc-lavalin-ceo-cancels-montreal-speech-working-on-french-1.1680841 Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this social issue? Should firms based inside Quebec treat… Read more »

Amazon-backed EV start-up Rivian set to go public at $98 billion implied valuation

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Description: Rivian Automotive will make its market debut Wednesday, in what’s expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of the year. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/10/amazon-backed-ev-start-up-rivian-set-to-go-public-.html Questions for discussion: What advantage does the company have by way of its relationship with Amazon and Ford? How should marketers at the… Read more »

NVIDIA Vice President explains the Omniverse

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Description: Richard Kerris, NVIDIA Vice President of Omniverse Platform discusses NVIDIA’s plans for the Omniverse and how it will be used. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/nvidia-vice-president-explains-omniverse-223559990.html?contentType=VIDEO Questions for discussion: What are the business interests in these virtual technologies and platforms? How do you envision future business activities making use… Read more »

Starbucks workers denounce the chain for harassment and threats to prevent them from creating a union

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Description: A group of Starbucks workers affirm that for almost three months they have been the victims of intimidation and threats by Starbucks, in order to make them give up their attempt to create a union. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 05, 2021 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/395755 Questions for discussion: What are the employment and HR  issues facing… Read more »

Burger King’s Ellie Doty is latest marketer to leave brand

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Description: Ellie Doty is the latest major marketer to leave RBI following the departure of global CMO Fernando Machado (who took the top job after years at Burger King) and global chief brand officer Paloma Azulay, who was promoted after Machado’s exit. Doty joined Burger King in June 2020 as the chain’s first North American CMO after stints at Chili’s… Read more »

Facebook ‘knew what it was doing,’ former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says

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Description: Facebook’s conduct revealed in leaked documents is “pretty concerning,” said former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, who called for companies in the tech industry to show more restraint. Source: FinancialPost.com/Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 05, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/facebook-knew-what-it-was-doing-former-google-ceo-eric-schmidt-says Questions for discussion: What does the judgmental comment by Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt say about… Read more »

​Nearly 2 in 3 women who left the workforce during Covid plan to return—and most want to enter this field

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Description: Women have born the brunt of job loss and negative career impacts over the course of the pandemic, due to a host of factors such as carrying the weight of caregiving responsibilities, as well as their overrepresentation in in-person jobs vulnerable to disruption during the Covid-19 crisis. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 15, 2021… Read more »