Annual Silicon Valley Bank Report Paints Sober Picture For Wine

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Description: A trend called Neo-Prohibitionism combined with less wine consumption by younger generations has left baby boomers as the wine industry’s sole BFFs. Those are three main takeaways from a sobering analysis of U.S. wine consumption by the wine division of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). Source: Mediapost.com Date: Jan 19, 2023 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/381730/annual-silicon-valley-bank-report-paints-sober-pic.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=129003&hashid=7T9TCmQZSDGbnu-424RuBQ Questions for… Read more »

White Castle’s New Robot Employee Wants to Know If You Want Fries With That

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Description: One hundred White Castles are getting a new employee who never needs a break and is totally plugged into its new work environment — quite literally. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Jan 09, 2023 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/business-news/meet-white-castles-new-robot-fry-guy/442521 Questions for discussion: What is driving the adoption of robotics in this industry? How are operations and customer interactions likely… Read more »

A Toxic Former Employee Is Poisoning My Staff

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Description: How do I stop him from undermining me? Source: INC.com Date: Jan 09, 2023 Link: https://www.inc.com/alison-green/a-toxic-former-employee-is-poisoning-my-staff.html?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IncThisMorning-Jan%2009,%202023&leadId=261346&mkt_tok=NjEwLUxFRS04NzIAAAGJOqPCz88IRRx9wsDFn8PbTGyjxtmbvPkePs3sSt_OFkpNqiEDj6LpY-IueaGCjsOgb0B2vv-rWutFBsxJ36twpjfunBP38CvIhGagZkg Questions for discussion: Summarize the problem and recommended solution. Do you agree with the recommendation? Do you think it will work? What are some recommendations you would give this manager?

Bob Iger tells Disney employees they must return to the office four days a week

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Description: Disney CEO Bob Iger told hybrid employees on Monday they must return to corporate offices four days a week starting March 1, according to an email obtained by CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 09, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/09/disney-ceo-bob-iger-tells-employees-to-return-to-the-office-four-days-a-week.html Questions for discussion: Do you think Bob Iger’s demand is acceptable? What signal is his… Read more »

2022 Executive of the Year: Marc Pritchard

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Description: There were more than a handful of worthy candidates considered by MediaPost editors for this year’s Executive of the Year honors. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Jan 08, 2023 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/380606/2022-executive-of-the-year-marc-pritchard.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=comment&utm_campaign=128856 Questions for discussion: What are some marketing insights posed by Marc Pritchard? Do you agree that there is “no average consumer”? Can marketers always follow… Read more »

How health insurance may have made health care more expensive

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Description: Widespread medical debt is a uniquely American problem. Roughly 40% of U.S. adults have at least $250 in medical debt, according to a survey conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/08/how-health-insurance-may-have-made-health-care-more-expensive.html Questions for discussion: What is the explanation presented in this report for higher health care… Read more »

What Apple, Google and other Big Tech companies are paying, based on new salary transparency data

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Description: It just got a lot easier to see how much some of the biggest tech companies in the world pay, thanks to a rollout of new salary transparency laws across the country. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 06, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/06/what-big-tech-companies-are-paying-based-on-new-public-salary-data.html Questions for discussion: How could the law affect employee-employer relations, in your opinion? Are you surprised… Read more »

The Smartest People in The Room Often Overlook This Critical Attribute to Success

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Description: “You’ve been told a lie your entire life. You’ve been told that being brilliant will make you successful. I’m telling you that the world doesn’t favor the brilliant; it favors the bold.” Those are bold words, considering I had the audacity to say them to a room full of some of the smartest people… Read more »

CIBC will pay $153M to settle overtime class-action lawsuit from 2007

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Description: Settlement will avoid further legal costs, let bank move on, says CIBC spokesperson Source: CBC.ca – video report Date: Jan 06, 2023 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cibc-settles-lawsuit-1.6704759 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues in this case. Why do you suppose the bank settled this case at this time? How do you think the settlement will influence employees… Read more »

A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom

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Description: An investment frenzy over “generative artificial intelligence” has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text, images and sounds in response to short prompts seize the imagination. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 07, 2023 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/technology/generative-ai-chatgpt-investments.html? Questions for discussion: Why is there so much excitement about this latest development in AI technology? What are some… Read more »