Should CEOs stay on the board after they step down?

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Description: Investors applauded when former DuPont CEO Ed Breen abruptly reclaimed the job on Tuesday, with former CEO Marc Doyle dismissed immediately. But in a sense, Breen wasn’t the former CEO at all. He had been CEO of DowDuPont before it was split into three companies, and when DuPont became independent last spring, Breen took the role of the… Read more »

What Information Do Business Leaders Need to Bolster Growth?

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Description: A new study by Gallup and TrueSpace looks at the conditions post-startup companies need in order to make the transition from the treacherous “adolescent” phase of rapid but sporadic and unpredictable growth to a more stable developmental phase. Source: Gallup.com Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/285650/information-business-leaders-need-bolster-growth.aspx Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points in… Read more »

Sask. CEO one of few women leading TSX-listed companies

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Description: Women are still disproportionately under-represented in the boardrooms of Canadian businesses but more companies are moving toward greater gender parity, says one of the few female CEOs overseeing a company today. Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 20, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-ceo-one-of-few-women-leading-tsx-listed-companies-1.5467911 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the representation of women in Canadian… Read more »

Roku CEO Anthony Wood

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Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular. How is Roku complementing… Read more »

Google’s head of HR to step down

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Description: Google’s head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s top executives and rank and file employees. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Feb 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/02/10/google-hr-exec-to-step-down/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing HR and management overall at the firm. What do these… Read more »

Rapid CEO turnover continues with a record number of top executives departing in January

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Description: Last month’s total is 27% higher than the previous monthly record of 172 in October of 2019. January’s record comes after 2019 marked the biggest year ever for CEO exits, totaling more than 1,600. The firm noted that CEO departures have been steadily trending upward since August 2018. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 12, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/12/rapid-ceo-turnover-continues-with-a-record-number-of-top-executives-departing-in-january.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail… Read more »

SPOS #709 – Ryan Hawk On Management, Performance and Leadership

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #709 – Host: Mitch Joel. Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast (like this one), where he goes deep with some of the world’s biggest brains on how to optimize business and thinking. A lifelong student of leadership,… Read more »

Shopify shares jump after web-retail supplier reports soaring 4th-quarter sales

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Description: Ottawa-based tech company’s sales and profit top expectations Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 12, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shopify-profit-surprise-1.5460838 Questions for discussion: What are the managerial challenges facing the firm as it grows? How does developing technology guide the expansion and decisions taken by management?

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »

Inside the kill zone: Big Tech makes life miserable for some startups, but others embrace its power

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Description: Giants crush the competition or buy it — good for entrepreneurs looking to sell, but less so for those trying to build a company for the long term Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/inside-the-kill-zone-big-tech-makes-life-miserable-for-some-startups-but-others-embrace-its-power Questions for discussion: What are the fundamental concerns facing entrepreneurs, as explained in this report? Is there a… Read more »