About 150 Cadillac dealers take GM buyouts rather than invest in EVs

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Description: DETROIT – About 150 General Motors dealers have accepted buyouts and will stop selling Cadillacs as the Detroit automaker pivots the luxury brand to lead its all-electric vehicle efforts, a person familiar with the details confirmed to CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/about-150-cadillac-dealers-take-gm-buyouts-rather-than-invest-in-evs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain why some dealerships… Read more »

Face It: Emojis Are Vital in Business

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Description: This year’s lasting legacy may be how the remote workforce made emojis an integral part of written language. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 30, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/burt-helm/emojis-at-work.html Questions for discussion: Why are these symbols better tools for communication in an online work environment? How might they be considered a potential problem to management?

Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

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Description: Business groups and major companies like Apple have been pressing Congress to alter legislation cracking down on imports of goods made with forced labor from persecuted Muslim minorities in China. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/business/economy/nike-coca-cola-xinjiang-forced-labor-bill.html Questions for discussion: How would you characterize the approach by businesses and governments to dealing with… Read more »

‘I Don’t Wear a Mask’: the TikTok Confession That Left a Nurse Unemployed

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Description: The user, who is responsible for treating cancer patients, was suspended after revealing that she does not follow health measures in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Dec 01, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/360738?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Do you think management handled this situation properly? How else could management have used this publicity… Read more »

How online marketplaces are helping entrepreneurs link to new and existing audiences

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Description: Marketplaces help owners test market interest, expand their customer base and relieve them of the work of managing a site Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/how-online-marketplaces-are-helping-entrepreneurs-link-to-new-and-existing-audiences Questions for discussion: What does the article say to entrepreneurs looking to use online marketplaces effectively? What are the warnings to watch out for?

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 »

3 Steps Leaders Can Take to Stop Making Women Choose Between Family and Career

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Description: It’s 2020, and it’s time to build a more flexible and equitable workplace. Source: Entrpreneur.com Date: Nov 25, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/359710?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in the report. Do you think women would respond positively to these changes? What else would you advise management to consider?

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 »