How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero

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Description: After years on the decline, Barnes & Noble’s sales are up, its costs are down — and the same people who for decades saw the superchain as a supervillain are celebrating its success. Source: NYTimes.com Date: April 15, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/15/arts/barnes-noble-bookstores.html Questions for discussion: What has happened to the bookselling business and to Barnes… Read more »

The Benefits of the SEC’s Climate Disclosure Rule

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Description: The SEC wants publicly traded companies to disclose detailed information about their climate-risk activities. Wharton’s Witold Henisz explains why doing so could lead to significant changes for businesses, investors, and the planet. Source: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu – podcast Date: Apr 12, 2022 Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-benefits-of-the-secs-climate-disclosure-rule/ Questions for discussion: What are the intended rule changes? What is the… Read more »

3 Ways to Get Hybrid Work Right

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Description: Finding a space that bridges corporate and home life is tricky, but there are ways to do it right. Source: INC.com Date: Apr 14, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/brit-morse/hybrid-work-office-space-change-pandemic-return-employee-retention.html Questions for discussion: What does this article say about the design of office work environments and performance? What do you think about these arguments and how much… Read more »

SPOS #822 – Marcus Buckingham On Love And Work

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #822 – Host: Mitch Joel. Marcus Buckingham is the author of two of the best-selling business books of all time, has two of Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and has been the subject of countless in-depth profiles, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. After spending two decades studying… Read more »

Canada needs workers — so why aren’t more companies hiring the neurodivergent?

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Description: Only 1 in 3 people with autism are employed. But many more of those on the spectrum want to work Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 11, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/labour-market-neurodiversity-1.6413939 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points raised in this report. How would you go about increasing corporate awareness? How should management approach this issue, in… Read more »

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion, so it can be ‘transformed as private company’

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Description: Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately, a little over a week after first revealing a 9.2% stake in the company. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/14/elon-musk-offers-to-buy-twitter-for-54point20-a-share-saying-it-needs-to-be-transformed-as-private-company.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

How Amazon plans to fix its massive returns problem

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Description: Amazon is handling a rapidly growing number of returns that are causing a massive problem for the e-commerce giant and the planet. A National Retail Federation survey found a record $761 billion of merchandise was returned to retailers in 2021. That amount surpasses what the U.S. spent on national defence in 2021, which was $741 billion. Source: CNBC.com… Read more »

Elon Musk is this big

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Description: The following appeared in the “Reno Evening Gazette,” Jan. 4, 1964. “When Dean [Martin], Frank [Sinatra] and their buddy Sammy Davis Jr. appeared at the Las Vegas Sands’ 11th anniversary, Dean bowed to Frank and said: “It’s your world, Frank; I just live in it.” Today’s version: It’s your world, Elon; I just live… Read more »

What Ever Happened to the Great Resignation?

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Description: All of the evidence suggests that right now, it’s unusually easy for U.S. workers to find jobs and unusually hard for employers to find workers. The odd thing is that we have a very tight labor market, even though the number of employees is still about a million and a half below prepandemic levels… Read more »

Jenny Blake On How To Love Your Work – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Time is not money. Time is life force. This is the core of Jenny Blake‘s powerful new book, Free Time – Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business. Jenny is an author and podcaster (and friend) who loves helping people navigate change and free time to do more of their best work. Jenny is the author of… Read more »