Here’s What Executives Need To Know Before Responding To Consumer Protests

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Description: It is not the first boycott of a company or organization and it will not be the last. But an ongoing protest against Publix Super Markets— a multi-billion dollar grocery chain with 1,200 stores in southeastern U.S.—has an interesting plot twist that created international headlines. Source: Forbes.com Date: Feb 22, 2021 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2021/02/22/heres-what-executives-need-to-know-before-responding-to-consumer-protests/?sh=666c0fe43c5e Questions for discussion: Summarize… Read more »

How to Reopen Your Office Safely, According to a Hollywood Covid Compliance Officer

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Description: Film sets are up and running, offering a safe but costly blueprint for business owners to follow. Source: Inc.com Date: Feb 23, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/return-office-tips-hollywood-covid-compliance-officer.html Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest to managers and employees? Do you think other interventions should be considered by management? How do you think the typical office… Read more »

Facebook Drops Australian News Ban, Negotiates Payments, After Law Amendments

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Description: Facebook is restoring news to its platform in Australia, and has already reached a deal with one major media company, after the government agreed on Tuesday to last-minute changes to a media content payments code. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Feb 20, 2021 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360810/facebook-drops-australian-news-ban-negotiates-pay.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121520&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ Questions for discussion: What was the basis of the dispute with… Read more »

Progress on work, wages and wealth needed to boost Black economic empowerment

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Description: BlackNorth Initiative working to address all three to create accessible, equitable opportunities in marginalized communities Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 19, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/progress-on-work-wages-and-wealth-needed-to-boost-black-economic-empowerment Questions for discussion: What is the BlackNorth Initiative doing to boost economic empowerment? What else would you advise the organization and related associations, including governments?

Learning Empathy Takes Practice. Lots of It. That’s Where Virtual Reality Can Help

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Description: Mursion’s simulations use real actors in A.I.-generated scenarios–no bulky headset required. It could be the future of workplace learning. Source: Inc.com Date: Feb 18, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/sophie-downes/mursion-virtual-reality-simulation-empathy-workplace-training-learning.html Questions for discussion: What does the research say about the value of VR instruction? Describe a few learning environments that you think would be particularly good for… Read more »

America needs smart immigration reforms to win the race for global talent

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Description: America’s ability to attract global talent is a competitive advantage. Talented foreigners enrich our human capital and help drive innovation, technological leadership, and American strength. But our ability to attract the best and brightest is at risk. Source: Fortune.com Date: Feb 19, 2021 Link: https://fortune.com/2021/02/19/immigration-reform-biden-us-global-talent-race/ Questions for discussion: What is meant by “smart immigration policy”? What… Read more »

Google and Facebook Lose a Battle to Win the War

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Description: By foregoing some of their dominance in Australia, both will wind up securing monopolies of the world’s online information. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 17, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-18/google-and-facebook-lose-a-battle-to-win-the-war Questions for discussion: According to the article, what is the strategy being used by Google and Facebook in Australia? Do you think this is in fact what these… Read more »

The only way to control tech giants like Facebook may be for governments to gang up

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Description: Big Tech may be too powerful for a single country to take on, though Australia is trying — and Canada may, too Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 19, 2021 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/don-pittis-facebook-australia-governments-gang-up-1.5919005 Questions for discussion: What does the article say is the problem with big tech companies? What is the suggested solution for governments? How should… Read more »

Jeff Immelt Oversaw the Downfall of G.E. Now He’d Like You to Read His Book.

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Description: The C.E.O. who followed Jack Welch tried, and failed, to revive the company’s stock price. He’s owning up to some of his mistakes now — and assigning some blame. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 10, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/business/jeff-immelt-general-electric-corner-office.html Questions for discussion: What are the lessons for top managers of large corporations to take away from… Read more »

60% of Indigenous workers feel emotionally unsafe on the job: Catalyst survey

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Description: TORONTO — As Krystal Abotossaway navigated corporate Canada over the last decade, the Toronto woman with Anishinaabe Kwe heritage always paid always took care to be on time, to watch her drinking at after-work events and to be agreeable in meetings. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Feb 10, 2021 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/60-indigenous-workers-feel-emotionally-150858957.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the… Read more »