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 »

How McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast food brands are dealing with labor shortages

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Description: Quick service and fast-food restaurants are facing several headwinds when it comes to solving their labor problems. The pressures have been mounting throughout the year. Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators said that recruiting and retaining employees was their top challenge in a National Restaurant Association survey in July — in January, only 8% said… 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 »

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 »

‘Great amplification and support that’s happening’: Small business owners pivoting during COVID-19

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Description: For the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented conditions for small business owners across Canada. October was Small Business Month and to celebrate BNN Bloomberg highlighted various Canadian entrepreneurs who are navigating their company around headwinds like supply shortages to virus outbreaks. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov… Read more »

5 Startups That Are Shaping the Future of the Health Care Industry

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Description: From A.I. chatbots to virtual surgeries, these companies are reimagining medicine and caregiving Source: INC.com Date: Oct 28, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/zachary-miller/healthcare-innovation-ai-machine-learning-telemedicine.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications for these technological developments? What might mitigate the advances toward installation of these technologies?