Amazon workers are showing signs of unionizing — here’s how Amazon remains union free

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Description: An examination of unions and the relationships with businesses today. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Aug 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/08/22/how-amazon-fends-off-unions-as-more-workers-hold-protests.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this report. Why are the developments at Amazon so important?

Whole Foods CEO on plant-based meat boom: Good for the environment but not for your health

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Description: There are currently two main, buzzy players in the plant-based “meat” market: Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Aug 21, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/whole-foods-ceo-john-mackey-plant-based-meat-not-good-for-your-health.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in the alternative-to-meat industry? Why is this industry growing in popularity? Where do you see developments heading over the next… Read more »

An Insider Takes Aim at Corporate America’s ‘Elite Charade’

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Description: As a conference-circuit regular and former McKinsey consultant, writer Anand Giridharadas has seen firsthand business leaders’ efforts to solve social problems. Here’s why he’s come to see those efforts as more self-serving than world-changing. Source: Fortune.com Date: Aug 20, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/longform/anand-giridharadas-winners-take-all/ Questions for discussion: Summarize what Anand Giridharadas has to say about corporate… Read more »

SPOS #668 – Todd Herman On The Alter Ego Effect

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #668 – Host: Mitch Joel. In short: Todd Herman is a fascinating human being. Over the years, he has helped thousands of people become more resilient, creative, confident and courageous. He has clocked over 15,000 hours in the field, working one-on-one with people from all backgrounds to help… Read more »

Apple is finally moving beyond the iPhone as the smartphone industry stalls out

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Description: Apple’s iPhone is an incredible moneymaking machine. In the first three months of 2019, Apple sold $31 billion worth of iPhones. At the same time, the iPhone is becoming less important to Apple’s total sales as the smartphone industry stalls globally. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/apple-earnings-show-company-moving-beyond-iphone.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Millennials Tried to Kill the American Mall, But Gen Z Might Save It

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Description: Gen Z keeps confounding Corporate America. They’ve shunned beer, they want companies to take political stands and they trust Kardashians to make their makeup choices. But perhaps the biggest surprise about this new cohort of teenagers is the most unexpected of all: They love the shopping mall. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-25/are-u-s-malls-dead-not-if-gen-z-keeps-shopping-the-way-they-do?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »

Judge rules that companies must hand over data on gender and pay by September

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Description: The ruling is a ‘major victory for equal pay,’ one lawyer says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/companies-must-hand-over-data-on-how-they-pay-men-vs-women-by-september-judge-says-2019-04-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Why is this decision important? What are the implications for management, unions, and individual employees?

How Social Media Users Have—and Have Not—Responded to Privacy Concerns

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Description: The Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelations changed the way people in the US think about online privacy. And it should come as no surprise that many have grown wary over the mishandling of personal information. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-social-media-users-have-and-have-not-responded-to-privacy-concerns?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this article. Do you… Read more »

“I Think the Best Antidote to a Rut Is Action, So I Try to Remind Myself that Anything Beats Nothing.”

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Description: Interview: Laura Gassner Otting. Laura Gassner Otting founded the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, and has been involved in many nonprofit boards around the country. She writes and speaks frequently about the world of mission-driven work and getting “unstuck” in our lives. As she describes herself: “I help people discover how they align what they do with who they are, to… Read more »

Amazon on pace to spend $7 billion on video and music content this year, according to new disclosure

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Description: Amazon disclosed on Friday that it spent $1.7 billion on video and music content in the first quarter, providing a new number that investors have previously been forced to predict. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 26, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/26/amazon-on-pace-to-spend-7-billion-on-video-and-music-content.html Questions for discussion: What competitive advantage does Amazon have in this marketplace? What strategy… Read more »