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 »

Rachel Balkovec, the 1st woman to manage an MLB-affiliated team, debuts with a win

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Description: Rachel Balkovec, the first woman to manage an MLB affiliated team, took home a victory for the Tampa Tarpons on Friday. Source: NPR.org Date: Apr 09, 2022 Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/09/1091879805/rachel-balkovec-the-1st-woman-to-manage-an-mlb-affiliated-team-debuts-with-a-win Questions for discussion: What does this mean for baseball, in your opinion? Do you think her status will affect fan participation or management of players? Discuss.

How to Have More Successful Conversations

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Description: In his latest paper, Schweitzer and his co-authors introduce a framework to help people have more successful conversations by identifying and understanding the motives of each participant. The model is called the “conversational circumplex,” and it maps conversations along two key axes: informational and relational. Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-to-have-more-successful-conversations/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=3-30-2022&utm_content=How_to_Have_More_Successful_Conversations Questions… Read more »

Mandatory Meetings Reveal Amazon’s Approach to Resisting Unions

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Description: The company has held hundreds of meetings with workers to discourage them from supporting a union in two upcoming elections. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 24, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/24/business/amazon-meetings-union-elections.html? Questions for discussion: Why is the company against unionization efforts and what arguments are they presenting to employees, according to the report? What do you think… Read more »

Google employees bombard execs with questions about pay at recent all-hands meeting

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Description: Google executives, facing a barrage of criticism from employees on issues related to compensation, defended the company’s competitiveness at a recent all-hands meeting while acknowledging that the performance review process could change. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/google-employees-bombard-execs-about-pay-at-recent-all-hands-meeting.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the perception of… Read more »

A Plastic Bag’s 2,000-Mile Journey Shows the Messy Truth About Recycling

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Description: When the British supermarket chain Tesco Plc first started ­collecting plastic bags and wrappers from customers to be recycled in March 2021, Caroline Ragueneau was thrilled. She was working as a retail assistant at a Tesco store in southwest England when the first white deposit boxes appeared, promising to turn what’s typically discarded back… Read more »