Opinion: We Built Google. This Is Not the Company We Want to Work For.

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Description: Our company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” An organized work force will help us live up to it. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 04, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/opinion/google-union.html?auth=login-email&login=email Questions for discussion: What is happening to Google as employees organize? How do you suggest management and employees deal with the issues facing the firm? Do… Read more »

Amazon buys Boeing jets from Delta, WestJet as aircraft prices drop

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Description: Amazon said Tuesday it’s buying 11 used Boeing 767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet, the latest sign of how cargo carriers are growing while passenger airlines rush to shrink their fleets as Covid-19 hurts travel demand. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 05, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/05/amazon-buys-boeing-jets-from-delta-westjet-as-aircraft-prices-drop.html Questions for discussion: From an operations point of view, why does building an independent fleet make sense for Amazon ? What… Read more »

Why Student Debt Is Crippling Entrepreneurship

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Description: With Covid-19 battering the economy, helping aspiring business owners seems like a no-brainer. So, where’s the relief? Source: INC.com Date: Jan 04, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202102/leigh-buchanan/student-loan-debt-entrepreneurship-millennial-startup-founders.html Questions for discussion: What are some of the obstacles to starting up a business, as described in this article? What lessons should entrepreneurial thinking students take away from the… Read more »

A US$21-billion wager on a Canadian company that could build the Apple car

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Description: A red-hot trend in the car industry is for new entrants such as Fisker Inc. to hand over the complicated and capital-intensive work of engineering and building vehicles to a contract manufacturer. Increasingly, cars are judged on their software and electronics so why bother wasting time and money on metal bashing? Source: BNNBloomberg.com –… Read more »

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 »