Zoom’s Breakout Room Feature Is About to Get a Lot Smarter

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Description: Thanks to an acquisition in the remote work space, Zoom’s breakout rooms will soon use algorithms to match employees Source: INC.com Date: Feb 18, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/kevin-j-ryan/zoom-breakout-rooms-twine-glimpse-acquisition.html Questions for discussion: How does the algorithm emulate reality? Do you think this tool can enhance productivity of meetings? ​

How One Firm Has Baked Purpose into Its Business Model

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Description: Roma McCaig joined Clif Bar & Company last May as the senior vice president of impact and communications. In this newly created position, she oversees sustainability strategy, community initiatives, corporate brand, and employee communications. McCaig said the role is a chance for her to live her values at work; the privately held company is on a… Read more »

SPOS #814 – Barry Nalebuff On Better Ways To Negotiate

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #814 – Host: Mitch Joel. He is the Milton Steinbach Professor at the Yale School of Management, where he has taught for over thirty years. Barry Nalebuff is an expert on game theory, he has written extensively on its application to business strategy. His bestselling books include, Thinking Strategically, The Art of… Read more »

Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year: Intact Financial’s Charles Brindamour

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Description: Intact has ‘quietly’ become Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance and Brindamour, 51, is a company lifer Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/financial-post-magazine/ceo-of-the-year/canadas-outstanding-ceo-of-the-year Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Charles Brindamour’s management style and approach to growth? How would you describe his philosophy towards… Read more »

5 years ago, these women launched a side hustle for Black figure skaters — now Olympians are wearing their tights

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Description: Today, their start-up Aurora Tights says it’s the country’s most inclusive hosiery brand, designing tights for hundreds of figure skaters, dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. That includes Team USA pairs skater Ashley Cain-Gribble, who is competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/17/aurora-tights-how-side-hustle-for-black-ice-skaters-got-to-olympics.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

Americans are paying more for worse stuff, study finds

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Description: Measured by consumer prices, U.S. inflation is the highest in 40 years. Look at what Americans are actually getting for their money and the rate may be even higher, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/americans-are-paying-more-for-worse-stuff-study-finds-1.1724841 Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

We’re Good at Motivating Others, but What About Ourselves?

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Description: There are plenty of books that teach how to influence the behavior of others, but anyone who’s set a personal goal knows it’s a lot tougher to apply those lessons inward. Ayelet Fishbach, a behavioral science and marketing professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, has written a new book that can… Read more »

What We Lose When Work Gets Too Casual

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Description: Like so many with a desk job, I’ve spent the pandemic working from home — or more specifically, the bed in a bedroom of our microscopic Brooklyn apartment, which also houses a 6-year-old, a cat named James Bond and a Roomba named DB5. When I have Zooms for work, I try to put on… Read more »

The difference between DEI and anti-racism at work, according to the diversity chief of a $37 billion company

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Description: Over the past few years, companies made it their mission to commit to diversifying their boards and fostering a more inclusive culture. But, with women holding just 24% of senior leadership positions globally, and white people making up almost 80% of the American workforce, there is still work to be done. Source: CNBC.com Date:… Read more »

Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, says he’s ‘here for the comeback story,’ an internal email shows

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Description: Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, is telling remaining staff that he’s “here for the comeback story.” ​Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 09, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/09/read-the-email-that-pelotons-new-ceo-barry-mccarthy-sent-to-staff.html Questions for discussion: What are the positive and negative factors facing the new CEO? What is his plan? What would you advise? Do you think the firm… Read more »