Icahn gets two directors appointed to auto machinery firm Dana. Here’s what may be ahead for investors

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Description:  Carl Icahn is the grandfather of shareholder activism and a true pioneer of the strategy. While he is not slowing down at all, he recently reached an agreement with his son, Brett Icahn, to rejoin the firm as the eventual successor. Brett plans to employ his father’s favored approach of pushing companies to make changes… Read more »

Eventbrite Founder Julia Hartz Has a Different Way To Think About Company Culture

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Description: As a living organism, your culture can’t be stuck in time–and it doesn’t always have to be happy. Source: INC.com – podcast Date: Jan 18, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/christine-lagorio-chafkin/company-culture-julia-hartz-eventbrite-what-i-know-podcast.html Questions for discussion: What does Julia Hartz have to say about corporate culture? What advice is she presenting to management? What do you think of these… Read more »

It’s Not ‘Woke’ for Businesses to Think Beyond Profit, BlackRock Chief Says

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Description: Larry Fink’s latest annual letter to corporate America clarifies, and defends, his approach to social and environmental issues at the world’s largest money manager. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/business/dealbook/larry-fink-blackrock-letter.html? Questions for discussion: How would you characterize Larry Fink’s role and influence in the business world? Do you agree with his recommended… Read more »

It’s the Real Thing: Coca-Cola’s Data-Driven Director

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Description: Coca-Cola’s Pamela Mittoo talks ballroom dancing, her passion for data and why she’ll never again bang her head against the wall. Source: MediaPost.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/370206/its-the-real-thing-coca-colas-data-driven-direc.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=promo&utm_campaign=124947&hashid=%7B%7B%20hashid%20%7D%7D&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MediaPost%20Insider%20Connect%20-%20124947&utm_content=MediaPost%20Insider%20Connect%20-%20124947+CID_edd3d5c6a43df6a73b9765de9a9944e2&utm_source=promo&utm_term=Its%20the%20Real%20Thing%20Coca-Colas%20Data-Driven%20Director Questions for discussion: What would you say is the outstanding characteristic that describes Pamela Mittoo. What explains her management success story, in… Read more »

Microsoft has hired a law firm to review sexual harassment policies, report to come this spring

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Description: Microsoft’s board said Thursday it will review the software maker’s policies on sexual harassment and issue a report in the spring after shareholders in November approved a proposal for a report on the topic. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 13, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/13/microsoft-hires-law-firm-to-review-sexual-harassment-policies.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications of this announcement, in your opinion? Do… Read more »

‘It’s wild out there’: Employees gain upper hand amid war for talent

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Description: The surge of Omicron cases across Canada is putting employers in a double bind as they struggle to keep businesses afloat with staff away sick, while also keeping existing employees safe and happy amid the so-called great resignation trend. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/it-s-wild-out-there-employees-gain-upper-hand-amid-war-for-talent-1.1707646 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

SPOS #809 – Dorie Clark On How To Play The Long Game

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #809 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the great pleasures of my professional career has been getting to know Dorie Clark and watching her ascent in the business world. Dorie has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as… Read more »

A Record 4.5 Million Americans Quit Their Jobs in November

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Description: A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November while openings remained elevated, highlighting persistent churn in the labor market. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-04/u-s-job-openings-fall-in-november-quits-rise-to-record?srnd=wealth Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the job market? Why are people quitting? What does this mean for managers?… Read more »

Google CEO addresses employee concerns about loss of ‘candor, honesty, humility and frankness’ by execs

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Description: Google employees are pressing executives to bring back a part of the company’s culture that, in the past, made it a desirable place to work: candor. ​Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 21, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/21/google-ceo-addresses-employee-concerns-over-loss-of-candor-and-honesty.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues facing the company? What is the significance of the recognition by the firm’s… Read more »

Next for the metaverse: convincing you it’s not just for kids

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Description: When a video game company only your kids have heard of goes public at a $38 billion valuation, you pay attention. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 22, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/22/here-are-the-companies-building-the-metaverse-meta-roblox-epic.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in this industry that should interest buiness people? What issues are related to the management applications such as the use… Read more »