McDonald’s: black executives sue over ‘systematic’ racial discrimination

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Description: McDonald’s is being sued by two African American executives who allege they suffered “systematic but covert” racial discrimination at the fast-food giant. Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal, senior directors working for McDonald’s in Dallas, allege that discrimination at the company worsened under the former chief executive Steve Easterbrook, who took over the company in… Read more »

Warren Buffett calls this ‘indispensable’ life advice: ‘You can always tell someone to go to hell tomorrow’

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Description: Aside from being recognized as one of the most successful investors of all time, Warren Buffett is also revered for his invaluable wisdom. But how did the Oracle of Omaha gain the knowledge that led him to such extraordinary achievements? Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/billionaire-warren-buffett-shares-indispensable-life-advice-he-learned-more-than-40-years-ago.html Questions for discussion: What is Buffett’s primary message,… Read more »

Meet Bell’s new CEO — a likeable, blue-collar, hockey-loving sports nut at heart

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Description: It is a pinch-me, look-at-me-now situation for Mirko Bibic, who woke up his first day on the job with an admitted case of the butterflies Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 10, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/telecom/meet-bells-new-ceo-a-likeable-blue-collar-hockey-loving-sports-nut-at-heart Questions for discussion: What are the things mentioned in the article about Mirko Bibic that suggest he was a good choice?… Read more »

A revival is under way in the chip business

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Description: The high-tech industry is as cyclical as any commodity Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 11, 2020 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/11/a-revival-is-under-way-in-the-chip-business?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2020/01/9n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/375381/n Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made about the industry in the report. What does the report suggest about the near future for the industry?

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon took bold stances in 2019. Next year he’ll have an even bigger platform

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Description: After two deadly shootings at Walmart stores over the summer, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon made a surprising move.The retailer on Sept. 3 said it would halt sales of ammunition for assault-style rifles and handguns and that it would begin asking shoppers to no longer openly carry firearms in stores in states where “open carry” is allowed…. Read more »

A manager’s manifesto for 2020

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Description: The start of the year is traditionally the time to make resolutions to change your behaviour. Hardly anyone keeps them, of course, but in the spirit of optimism, here are Bartleby’s eight suggestions for what managers ought to resolve to do in 2020. Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 02, 2020 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/02/a-managers-manifesto-for-2020?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/2020012n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/371345/n Questions for discussion: Summarize… Read more »

Gap between CEO pay and average worker hits record

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Description: The gap in pay between CEOs and the average Canadian worker is bigger than ever. A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has found Canada’s 100 highest paid chief executives made 227 times more than the average worker in 2018, up from the previous year when CEOs made 197 times… Read more »

SPOS #703 – Brett Hurt On Entrepreneurship And Starting Up

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #703 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s an old friend and someone who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in the technology and startup world. While many know his name… most do not. Let’s change that. Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world (of which I am an advisor),… Read more »

How Google uses A.I. to help businesses increase profits from online shopping

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Description: Artificial intelligence can help businesses make more money from online shopping, Carrie Tharp, Google Cloud’s head of retail, told CNBC on Monday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/02/how-google-uses-ai-to-help-boost-profits-from-online-shopping.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights of the report. Do you think there are limits to the ability of AI to help improve managerial… Read more »

Doctors and techies are clashing at digital health companies, and one start-up exec is seeking a fix

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Description: When Carolyn Jasik recruits doctors to work at Omada Health, where she’s the chief medical officer, she has product developers vet the top candidates to make sure they’re the right fit. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/01/omada-health-is-seeking-solutions-for-clash-of-doctors-and-techies.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about how management is handling… Read more »