The World Catches a Dangerous Virus of the Mind

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Description: The coronavirus is more than a health menace. It’s a wealth destroyer that the global economy will have to live with for many months to come. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-28/the-world-catches-a-dangerous-virus-of-the-mind?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about what was known about the coronavirus a month ago and how people… Read more »

Virtual Happy Hour Anyone? Working From Home But Keeping Connected

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Description: To limit exposure to the coronavirus, many companies across the U.S. are urging, and some are mandating, that employees work from home. Source: NPR.com – podcast Date: Mar 15, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/815973389/virtual-happy-hour-anyone-working-from-home-but-keeping-connected Questions for discussion: How are firms responding to the needs of employees working from home? What other ideas would you suggest to… Read more »

The global crisis in recycling

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Description: With the world drowning in plastic, the need for recycling is more acute than ever. But the industry that handles all that waste is on the verge of collapse. Source: Fortune.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/5187780a-ab59-4647-bf11-134b18573b67?activePlaylistName=Fortune%20Magazine%20Features Questions for discussion: What are the ethical, social, and operational problems facing managers in this industry? What… Read more »

Why Tech Companies Can Regain Consumer Trust as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

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Description: As the government continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 epidemic, US consumers and news organizations have rediscovered one of the things that made social media so valuable: Democratizing information about a fast-moving global story brings to light important narratives that official sources may miss, ignore or suppress. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link:… Read more »

Regeneron Surges After Identifying Coronavirus Antibodies

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Description: Regeneron said it could produce ‘hundreds of thousands’ of does per month by the end of the summer if trials of its cocktail coronavirus treatment prove successful. Source: TheStreet.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/regeneron-surges-after-identifying-coronavirus-antibodies Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the pharmaceutical effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus?… Read more »

I Spent a Day Living Like Billionaire Warren Buffett. Here’s What Happened.

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Description: Did following his daily habits and rituals put me on track to have $87 billion in my bank account? Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Mar 11, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347349?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What does the article tell you about the character of Warren Buffett? How do you think these characteristics reflect on his managerial thinking and… Read more »

SPOS #713 – Stephen Shapiro On Solving Difficult Business Problems

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 Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #713 – Host: Mitch Joel. Innovation comes from solving hard business challenges. When it comes to thinking like that, there is no-one like Stephen Shapiro. This is the work that he does. Stephen cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their… Read more »

Elon Musk calls this a ‘powerful, powerful way of thinking’—but is ‘hard to do.’ Here’s how it works

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Description: In a 2013 TED talk, the billionaire entrepreneur revealed his “secret sauce” to achieving extraordinary things: “First principles” thinking, a decision-making strategy in which you “boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy.” Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 29, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/28/billionaire-elon-musk-this-is-a-powerful-way-of-thinking-but-hard-to-do-how-it-works.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article… Read more »

Canadian women make nearly a quarter less than men as gender bias persists

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Description: Women took home an average pre-tax salary of $51,352 in 2019 compared with $67,704 for men, survey shows Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 6, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/fp-street/canadian-women-make-nearly-a-quarter-less-than-men-as-gender-bias-persists Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the gap and the possible reasons? Why do you think the gap exists? Do you believe there is a… Read more »

Why companies like Microsoft and Google are betting big on Africa

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Description: As technology companies continue to look for areas of growth, Africa is emerging as an area of opportunity. And Big Tech has taken notice. Companies such as Twitter, Google and Microsoft are all attempting to establish a presence in fast-growing African economies. Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, who also runs mobile payment company… Read more »