Virus Cases Rise, but Hazard Pay for Retail Workers Doesn’t

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Description: They were hailed as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, but wage increases were fleeting, and companies, whose businesses are booming, have been slow to pay out more. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 26, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/business/retail-workers-hazard-pay.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about changing attitudes towards employee compensation? Do you… Read more »

SPOS #750 – Margaret Heffernan On How To Map The Future Together

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #750 – Host: Mitch Joel. With a book titled, Uncharted – How to Map the Future Together, you would think that Dr. Margaret Heffernan is a futurist as well. Margaret produced shows for the BBC for over thirteen years. She then moved to the US, where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The… Read more »

Air Canada pilots approve new contract as carrier looks to grow cargo business

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Description: MONTREAL — Air Canada pilots have ratified changes to their contract that will help the carrier grow its cargo business, as airlines scramble to minimize the pandemic’s toll on their bottom lines. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/air-canada-looks-grow-cargo-142215765.html Questions for discussion: How have airline operations management adjusted to the conditions created by… Read more »

Airlines See Loss Reaching $157 Billion Before Virus Clears

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Description: Record airline losses from the coronavirus outbreak will continue to mount next year as anticipated vaccination programs take time to revive travel demand, according to the industry’s main trade group. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 24, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-24/airlines-see-losses-swelling-to-157-billion-before-virus-clears Questions for discussion: How bad has the airline industry been hit by the… Read more »

Alphabet CFO explains how Google fixed a dip in productivity during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Description: Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said the company is seeing pre-pandemic productivity levels from employees again — thanks to leadership coaching and employee surveys. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 18, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/18/how-google-improved-employee-productivity-during-covid-19-pandemic.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the firm handled the challenges of the pandemic? Do… Read more »

Susan Brady: The Most Important Leadership Skill? Listening.

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Description: What does inclusive leadership look like? And why is it key for teams’ and organizations’ success? Susan Brady, CEO of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, joins the podcast to talk about psychological safety, why employees need to feel safe speaking up at work and what she believes is the most important skill… Read more »

Target and Walmart prove the pandemic e-commerce surge won’t reverse

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Description: Walmart and Target both reported stellar third-quarter earnings this week, sending their shares soaring. And once again, the biggest headline for both was e-commerce. Walmart (WMT) said its online sales rose 79% in the quarter. Target (TGT) said its online sales rose 155%. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 20, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/target-and-walmart-prove-the-pandemic-ecommerce-surge-wont-reverse-133454888.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Hard Lessons and Simple Routines Helped These Founders Beat the Stress of 2020

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Description: How confronting personal crises led one company’s co-founders to emerge stronger. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202011/cameron-albert-deitch/front-mathilde-collin-laurent-perrin-cancer-depression-crisis.html Questions for discussion: What are the lessons managers and entrepreneurs should take away from this article? Are there more general lessons about life and work balance and the challenges we deal with?

Chairman of Elite Wine Group Resigns Amid Its Sexual Harassment Scandal

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Description: Devon Broglie is the latest figure in the Court of Master Sommeliers to be accused of an inappropriate relationship. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 06, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/06/dining/drinks/court-master-sommeliers-chairman-resigns.html Questions for discussion: How can the organization deal with this public issue in the short term? What can they do longer-term to reduce the chances of a… Read more »

Posthaste: Working Canadians are showing the strain of 7 months of pandemic, not only in our state of mind, but on the job

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Description: Employers need to check in with their employees ‘or risk detrimental and long-term impacts on business performance’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/executive-summary/posthaste-posthaste-nov-12-nearly-half-of-working-canadians-say-they-need-help-and-its-hurting-our-productivity Questions for discussion: What does the report say is happening to working Canadians? What should management be doing about these developments?