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 »

Intel’s $20 Billion Ohio Chip Hub Will Be World’s Largest

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Description: Intel Corp. plans to spend $20 billion on a chipmaking hub on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, which the company expects to grow to be the world’s biggest semiconductor-manufacturing site. ​Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-21/intel-plans-to-spend-20-billion-on-ohio-chipmaking-hub Questions for discussion: Why is Intel building the plant in Ohio? What does this choice suggest about… 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 »

Microsoft has hired a law firm to review sexual harassment policies, report to come this spring

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Description: Microsoft’s board said Thursday it will review the software maker’s policies on sexual harassment and issue a report in the spring after shareholders in November approved a proposal for a report on the topic. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 13, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/13/microsoft-hires-law-firm-to-review-sexual-harassment-policies.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications of this announcement, in your opinion? Do… Read more »

‘It’s wild out there’: Employees gain upper hand amid war for talent

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Description: The surge of Omicron cases across Canada is putting employers in a double bind as they struggle to keep businesses afloat with staff away sick, while also keeping existing employees safe and happy amid the so-called great resignation trend. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/it-s-wild-out-there-employees-gain-upper-hand-amid-war-for-talent-1.1707646 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

SPOS #809 – Dorie Clark On How To Play The Long Game

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #809 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the great pleasures of my professional career has been getting to know Dorie Clark and watching her ascent in the business world. Dorie has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as… Read more »

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

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Description: The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/08/business/teslas-computer-chips-supply-chain.html Questions for discussion: Why was Tesla able to operate better than other automotive manufacturers? Should these companies rethink their supply chain strategies, in… Read more »

Google CEO addresses employee concerns about loss of ‘candor, honesty, humility and frankness’ by execs

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Description: Google employees are pressing executives to bring back a part of the company’s culture that, in the past, made it a desirable place to work: candor. ​Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 21, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/21/google-ceo-addresses-employee-concerns-over-loss-of-candor-and-honesty.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues facing the company? What is the significance of the recognition by the firm’s… Read more »