Enjoy The Extra Day Off! More Bosses Give 4-Day Workweek A Try

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Description: Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek. Source: NPR.org Date: Feb 21, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/807133509/enjoy-the-extra-day-off-more-bosses-give-4-day-workweek-a-try Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the results of a shorter workweek? What are the issues related to this for operations and HR decisions?

Should CEOs stay on the board after they step down?

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Description: Investors applauded when former DuPont CEO Ed Breen abruptly reclaimed the job on Tuesday, with former CEO Marc Doyle dismissed immediately. But in a sense, Breen wasn’t the former CEO at all. He had been CEO of DowDuPont before it was split into three companies, and when DuPont became independent last spring, Breen took the role of the… Read more »

Sask. CEO one of few women leading TSX-listed companies

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Description: Women are still disproportionately under-represented in the boardrooms of Canadian businesses but more companies are moving toward greater gender parity, says one of the few female CEOs overseeing a company today. Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-ceo-one-of-few-women-leading-tsx-listed-companies-1.5467911 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the representation of women in Canadian… Read more »

Google’s head of HR to step down

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Description: Google’s head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s top executives and rank and file employees. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Feb 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/02/10/google-hr-exec-to-step-down/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing HR and management overall at the firm. What do these… Read more »

Rapid CEO turnover continues with a record number of top executives departing in January

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Description: Last month’s total is 27% higher than the previous monthly record of 172 in October of 2019. January’s record comes after 2019 marked the biggest year ever for CEO exits, totaling more than 1,600. The firm noted that CEO departures have been steadily trending upward since August 2018. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 12, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/12/rapid-ceo-turnover-continues-with-a-record-number-of-top-executives-departing-in-january.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail… Read more »

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »

Inside the kill zone: Big Tech makes life miserable for some startups, but others embrace its power

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Description: Giants crush the competition or buy it — good for entrepreneurs looking to sell, but less so for those trying to build a company for the long term Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/inside-the-kill-zone-big-tech-makes-life-miserable-for-some-startups-but-others-embrace-its-power Questions for discussion: What are the fundamental concerns facing entrepreneurs, as explained in this report? Is there a… Read more »

Suzy Welch: 3 words every recent grad should remove from their resume ‘right this minute’

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Description: ..rather than exaggerating your skills with fluffy words and phrases, best-selling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch says you should be realistic and transparent about the experience you bring to the table. This means removing common words like “seasoned,” “accomplished” and “experienced” from your resume “right this minute,” she tells CNBC Make It. Source:… Read more »

‘Uncanny Valley’ writer Anna Wiener explains why women are souring on Silicon Valley

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Description: Several former tech workers are releasing non-fiction accounts about their experiences in Silicon Valley and one of them says it’s largely because tech companies have fed women a story that, itself, is fictional. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 02, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/01/uncanny-valley-anna-weiner-why-women-are-souring-on-silicon-valley.html Questions for discussion: What is the narrative presented and what is the reality,… Read more »

‘Chill Is Real,’ Trudeau Envoy to China Says of Huawei Feud

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Description: The man Justin Trudeau put in charge of repairing Canada’s ties with China acknowledged he has his work cut out for him. Source: Bloomberg,com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-05/-chill-is-real-trudeau-s-envoy-to-china-says-of-huawei-feud Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this conflict? What conflict resolution strategies would you advise? Can this conflict be resolved without the… Read more »