It’s no surprise that Amazon, Berkshire, JPM health venture Haven is disbanding: Experts

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Description: The news that Haven, the joint health-care venture between Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B) and JPMorgan (JPM), will disband next month came as no surprise to many health care experts. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/its-no-surprise-that-amazon-berkshire-jpm-health-venture-haven-is-disbanding-experts-213818212.html Questions for discussion: Why did Haven fail to disrupt the health care industry? How significant… Read more »

Chinese electric car company Nio doubles deliveries in 2020 as local competition ramps up for Tesla

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Description: BEIJING — China’s homegrown Tesla rivals are racking up sales in the world’s largest auto market. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/04/chinese-electric-car-start-up-nio-doubles-deliveries-as-tesla-competition-rises.html Questions for discussion: How important do you think branding is for all of these competitors in the global market? Do you think Tesla remains a good investment at this… Read more »

57% of workers support a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine for return to office: CNBC Survey

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Description: A majority of workers (57%) in the latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Workforce Happiness Survey say they would support a requirement that everyone at their workplace or office receive a Covid-19 vaccination soon after it becomes available to the public. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 18, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/18/require-covid-19-vaccine-for-work-return-heres-what-americans-say.html Questions for discussion: What does this research suggest about employees’… Read more »

How to Manage Performance Evaluations in the Work-From-Home Era

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Description: A guide for managers in assessing 2020 and looking ahead to next year. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 21, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/21/business/work-performance-evaluations-covid.html Questions for discussion: What are the key recommendations to managers? Do you think these make sense? What else would you suggest?

SPOS #754 – Todd Henry On Motivation And Drive

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #754 – Host: Mitch Joel. There is no doubt that when it comes to writing business books on the creative process and how it flows in business today, Todd Henry is the gold standard. He bills himself as “an arms dealer for the creative revolution,” and that’s just one of his… Read more »

Businesses likely can’t force staff to get COVID vaccine, experts warn

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Description: As the first shipments of coronavirus vaccines are injected into the arms of frontline workers across the country, important conversations have begun about how this will impact the return to work, or the continuation of work, for millions of Canadians. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 30, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/businesses-likely-can-t-force-staff-to-get-covid-vaccine-experts-warn-1.1540979 Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Tesla’s Musk claims ‘during dark days of Model 3’ he sought an Apple buyout

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Description: Elon Musk on Tuesday wasn’t about to let Apple Inc, suck up all the oxygen on Wall Street, on the back of reports that the iPhone maker was again considering rolling out an electric vehicle of its own by 2024. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 22, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-musk-claims-during-dark-days-of-model-3-he-sought-an-apple-buyout-11608675875 Questions for discussion: Would a merger… Read more »

To Effectively Develop Others, Get Comfortable Handing Over the Mic

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Description: The key is to prepare subordinates for the spotlight and the decision makers for the debut Source: INC.com Date: Dec 08, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/scott-miller/to-effectively-develop-others-get-comfortable-handing-over-mic.html Questions for discussion: What advice is directed at managers wishing to develop subordinates in their organizations? Why do these ideas make sense?

Blunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner

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Description: The Oxford-AstraZeneca effort held great promise to help arrest the pandemic. But a series of miscues caused it to fall behind in the U.S. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 08, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/business/covid-vaccine-oxford-astrazeneca.html Questions for discussion: How was the issue of transparency a factor in the story? Do you think either the firm or health… Read more »

Hudson’s Bay Co asks court to intervene against Ontario government’s lockdown order

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Description: Restrictions banning in-store shopping in Toronto and Peel called ‘unreasonable,’ ‘irrational’ and ‘arbitrary’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 10, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/hudsons-bay-co-asks-court-to-intervene-against-ontario-governments-lockdown-order Questions for discussion: What are the management issues related to taking this position? How might some employees respond? What would you advise retailers during this shopping season?