Learning Empathy Takes Practice. Lots of It. That’s Where Virtual Reality Can Help

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Description: Mursion’s simulations use real actors in A.I.-generated scenarios–no bulky headset required. It could be the future of workplace learning. Source: Inc.com Date: Feb 18, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/sophie-downes/mursion-virtual-reality-simulation-empathy-workplace-training-learning.html Questions for discussion: What does the research say about the value of VR instruction? Describe a few learning environments that you think would be particularly good for… Read more »

America needs smart immigration reforms to win the race for global talent

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Description: America’s ability to attract global talent is a competitive advantage. Talented foreigners enrich our human capital and help drive innovation, technological leadership, and American strength. But our ability to attract the best and brightest is at risk. Source: Fortune.com Date: Feb 19, 2021 Link: https://fortune.com/2021/02/19/immigration-reform-biden-us-global-talent-race/ Questions for discussion: What is meant by “smart immigration policy”? What… Read more »

Google and Facebook Lose a Battle to Win the War

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Description: By foregoing some of their dominance in Australia, both will wind up securing monopolies of the world’s online information. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 17, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-18/google-and-facebook-lose-a-battle-to-win-the-war Questions for discussion: According to the article, what is the strategy being used by Google and Facebook in Australia? Do you think this is in fact what these… Read more »

The only way to control tech giants like Facebook may be for governments to gang up

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Description: Big Tech may be too powerful for a single country to take on, though Australia is trying — and Canada may, too Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 19, 2021 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/don-pittis-facebook-australia-governments-gang-up-1.5919005 Questions for discussion: What does the article say is the problem with big tech companies? What is the suggested solution for governments? How should… Read more »

SPOS #762 – Judy Samuelson On The Six New Rules of Business

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #762 – Host: Mitch Joel. Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. Judy led a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman‘s narrative about profit-maximization to successfully challenge conventional thinking in board rooms and classrooms about the… Read more »

‘I’m Not a Cat,’ Says Lawyer Having Zoom Difficulties

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Description: The video was immediately shared widely and brought joy to many. The lawyer, Rod Ponton, said he was happy people got a much-needed laugh. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 09, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/style/cat-lawyer-zoom.html Questions for discussion: What are the communications problems illustrated by this story? Should business people be trained by their employers to deal… Read more »

Jeff Immelt Oversaw the Downfall of G.E. Now He’d Like You to Read His Book.

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Description: The C.E.O. who followed Jack Welch tried, and failed, to revive the company’s stock price. He’s owning up to some of his mistakes now — and assigning some blame. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 10, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/business/jeff-immelt-general-electric-corner-office.html Questions for discussion: What are the lessons for top managers of large corporations to take away from… Read more »

Elon Musk Just Said MBAs Are Overrated, and He’s Dead Right

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Description: MBA graduates may be good at PowerPoint but they don’t know how things really work. Source: Inc.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/elon-musk-just-said-mbas-are-overrated-hes-dead-right.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis of Elon Musk’s commentary about managers and the MBA graduate? Do you agree with this sentiment? What is the solution for the MBA?  

SPOS #761 – Dave Crenshaw On How To Master Your Productivity

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #761 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are days when I am not feeling at all productive. I usually think to myself, “WWDCD?” Or… “What Would Dave Crenshaw Do?” That’s how much Dave has inspired me, since we both met in a mastermind that was formulated during the early days… Read more »

Reddit, the Talk of the Internet, Raises $250 Million

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Description: The start-up, which was at the center of a recent stock market frenzy, was valued at $6 billion in the new funding round. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/technology/reddit-raises-250-million.html Questions for discussion: What makes Reddit a special type of social media? What is their revenue source? What will they use the investment… Read more »