TD Bank plans to hire more than 2,000 tech workers this year amid war for talent

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Description: Toronto-Dominion Bank plans to hire more than 2,000 technology workers this year, more than six times the number added last year, pitting the lender against fintech firms in the war for talent. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 26, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-finance/banking/td-plans-to-hire-2000-tech-workers-amid-the-battle-for-talent Questions for discussion: What sort of employment opportunities are emerging at TD? Do you… Read more »

SPOS #811 – Ruth Gotian On Peak Business Performance

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #811 – Host: Mitch Joel. Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring… Read more »

Activist investor Blackwells calls on Peloton to fire CEO, explore sale

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Description: An activist is pushing Peloton to fire its chief executive officer immediately and consider a sale as its share price has plummeted. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/24/activist-investor-to-call-on-peloton-to-fire-ceo-explore-sale-report.html?recirc=taboolainternal Questions for discussion: Was this a failure of management? Leadership? What would you advise the firm do now?

The future of work and living is ‘more flexibility’: Airbnb CEO

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Description: The acceleration of remote work has created an entirely new category of long-term travel, according to Airbnb (ABNB) CEO Brian Chesky. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-entire-identity-of-travel-is-evolving-airbnb-ceo-131259460.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the work and travel changes presented in this report by Brian Chesky. Do you think this might be… Read more »

Icahn gets two directors appointed to auto machinery firm Dana. Here’s what may be ahead for investors

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Description:  Carl Icahn is the grandfather of shareholder activism and a true pioneer of the strategy. While he is not slowing down at all, he recently reached an agreement with his son, Brett Icahn, to rejoin the firm as the eventual successor. Brett plans to employ his father’s favored approach of pushing companies to make changes… Read more »

Eventbrite Founder Julia Hartz Has a Different Way To Think About Company Culture

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Description: As a living organism, your culture can’t be stuck in time–and it doesn’t always have to be happy. Source: INC.com – podcast Date: Jan 18, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/christine-lagorio-chafkin/company-culture-julia-hartz-eventbrite-what-i-know-podcast.html Questions for discussion: What does Julia Hartz have to say about corporate culture? What advice is she presenting to management? What do you think of these… Read more »

Harrowing time to run a small business

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Description: Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venturepark, talks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about the struggles of running a small business during the pandemic. Source: FinancialPost.ca/ Youtube.com – video report Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRH-qJ1zFGg Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this discussion and the recommendations made to small business owners. What… Read more »

It’s Not ‘Woke’ for Businesses to Think Beyond Profit, BlackRock Chief Says

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Description: Larry Fink’s latest annual letter to corporate America clarifies, and defends, his approach to social and environmental issues at the world’s largest money manager. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/business/dealbook/larry-fink-blackrock-letter.html? Questions for discussion: How would you characterize Larry Fink’s role and influence in the business world? Do you agree with his recommended… Read more »

Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

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Description: Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and delivery trucks full of packages on the way to customers’ doorsteps. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/thieves-find-new-source-for-stolen-goods-delivery-trucks-and-trains-.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say UPS management is doing to deal with current challenges?… Read more »

It’s the Real Thing: Coca-Cola’s Data-Driven Director

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Description: Coca-Cola’s Pamela Mittoo talks ballroom dancing, her passion for data and why she’ll never again bang her head against the wall. Source: MediaPost.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/370206/its-the-real-thing-coca-colas-data-driven-direc.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=promo&utm_campaign=124947&hashid=%7B%7B%20hashid%20%7D%7D&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MediaPost%20Insider%20Connect%20-%20124947&utm_content=MediaPost%20Insider%20Connect%20-%20124947+CID_edd3d5c6a43df6a73b9765de9a9944e2&utm_source=promo&utm_term=Its%20the%20Real%20Thing%20Coca-Colas%20Data-Driven%20Director Questions for discussion: What would you say is the outstanding characteristic that describes Pamela Mittoo. What explains her management success story, in… Read more »