Disney appoints its first female board chair

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Description: Walt Disney Co. has announced that Susan E. Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as chairman of the board, the first time a woman has held the position at the company, effective December 31st. Source: NPR.org Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1060835197/move-over-mickey-minnies-in-the-big-chair-at-disney-now Questions for discussion: What is the significance of this announcement, in your opinion?… Read more »

Tesla says it needs graphite from China for batteries, requests tariff waiver

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Description: Tesla is among the hundreds of auto industry players asking the U.S. Trade Representative for extended tariff waivers on parts and materials imported from China used to make or repair cars. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/02/tesla-seeks-tariff-exemption-for-graphite-from-china-for-batteries.html Questions for discussion: How have tariffs affected Tesla operations and marketing? What are the pros… Read more »

‘You need to pay them well’: Ontario Labour Minister on Tim Hortons ‘hiring crisis’

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Description: The link between labour shortages and stagnant or uneven wages being paid by some businesses is “apparent” to Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton. And he says that point was made clearer to him this week when new details came to light about frontline staff compensation at Tim Hortons. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link:… Read more »

Why Hybrid Workforces Won’t Solve the Great Resignation for Startups

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Description: Employers should always build a culture where the employees matter, and not just by saying they matter. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/jay-steinfeld/why-hybrid-workforces-wont-solve-great-resignation-for-startups.html Questions for discussion: What does the report advise start-up companies and the reasons given? Do you agree with this line of thinking? How should start-ups deal with the current… Read more »

Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem

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Description: A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/technology/amazon-employee-leave-errors.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for this managerial mess. What are the likely consequences for the firm and employees as a result of this publicity?… Read more »

Couche-Tard CEO optimistic worst of labour shortages is behind it

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says labour shortages have been a big challenge for its convenience stores and suppliers, but the Quebec company believes the worst is behind it. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Nov 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/couche-tard-ceo-optimistic-worst-of-labour-shortages-is-behind-it-1.1686765 Questions for discussion: How have labour shortages affected this firm? How has the firm mitigated this problem? What are… Read more »

How Americans’ Appetite for Leather in Luxury SUVs Worsens Amazon Deforestation

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Description: An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers. Source: NYTimes.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/climate/leather-seats-cars-rainforest.html Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and social… Read more »

The Worst of Both Worlds: Zooming From the Office

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Description: Work life for many is in a mushy middle ground, and what’s at stake isn’t just who is getting talked over in meetings. It’s whether flexibility is sustainable, even with all the benefits it confers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/business/return-to-office-hybrid-work.html Questions for discussion: What doe the article say is happening as… Read more »

Dave Pell On Breaking News And Being The Internet’s Managing Editor – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: One of the best newsletters online is NextDraft. It is a a quick and entertaining look at the day’s most fascinating news curated and with commentary by Dave Pell (who has self-appointed himself as Managing Editor of the Internet). Dave has been writing about news, technology, and media since 1999. He’s been news obsessed since he was… Read more »

Rogers Feud Erupts Again With Staffieri Named Firm’s New CEO

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Description: Rogers Communications Inc. named Tony Staffieri as its interim chief executive officer, giving Chairman Edward Rogers the leadership change he’s craved but setting off a new round of fighting with his mother and sisters. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 12, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-17/rogers-to-name-tony-staffieri-ceo-as-natale-is-pushed-out ​Questions for discussion: Summarize the fight for control taking place at the company?… Read more »