Small Businesses Unite to Push Vaccinations

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Description: Vaccines are crucial for returning to business as usual. Employers are eager to help. Source: INC.com Date: Apr 07, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/mary-yang/small-businesses-vaccine-leaders-pledge.html ​Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to participation in this initiative? How would you advise management to promote vaccination within their organization while dealing with expected rejection by some… Read more »

Jeff Bezos Is Taunting Politicians. Will They Take the Bait?

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Description: A labor battle in Alabama is a referendum on Amazon’s strategy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 3, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/opinion/bezos-politicians-tech-regulations.html Questions for discussion: According to the article, what is the strategy being followed by Jeff Bezos and other tech firms? Do you think the labor movement will gain momentum from developments in this industry? What… Read more »

How a Controlled Crisis Can Energize Your Company

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Description: Sometimes, a little extra pressure can help your team make better decisions and scale new heights. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 30, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202104/bill-shapiro/controlled-crisis-pressure-focus-ideas-jonathan-mcbride.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the strategic ideas presented in this article. What do you think of these suggestions? What are the risks and benefits to the business, in your opinion?

Victoria Labalme On Risking Forward – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: My friend and fellow speaker, Victoria Labalme, is a performing artist, performance coach, documentarian (her film, Muppet Guys Talking, is amazing), and author. She’s performed for over two decades in film, TV, Broadway and comedy clubs. From there, she realized that helping people awaken their hidden genius and perform at their highest levels was her jam…. Read more »

Why Dollar Shave Club Co-Founder Michael Dubin No Longer Believes in DTC

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Description: Dubin says the startup world has changed since he launched his men’s grooming brand 10 years ago. Here’s his advice for today’s founders. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/michael-dubin-dollar-shave-club-lessons-ecommerce.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: Why does Michael Dubin no longer believe in the DTC model that made him a success? What else does he… Read more »

Coursera begins trading at $39 per share, stock pops 18%

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Description: Shares of education tech company Coursera opened at $39 apiece in its market debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/coursera-ipo-cour-begins-trading-on-the-nyse.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Describe the Coursera business model. Who are the target customers? What are the limits to growth? How should HR managers approach… Read more »

How Tech Companies Are Revamping the Remote-Work Experience

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Description: Tech giant says ‘coming together’ is core to its culture in announcing U.S. investment Source: WSJ.com – video report Date: Mar 18, 2021 Link: https://www.wsj.com/video/how-tech-companies-are-revamping-the-remote-work-experience/2DD85CC9-636E-42C1-8EE4-AD62E0AE6256.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented about workplace locations and remote work. What do you think of these ideas and predictions for the future? What should management take… Read more »

Covid’s Unexpected Side Effect: It Made Them Better Leaders

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Description: A brush with the brutal virus brought fear, gratitude, and clarity to these business owners. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 22, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/lindsay-blakely/entrepreneurs-sick-covid-leadership-lessons.html Questions for discussion: How did Covid affect some business people with respect to their managerial behavior and thinking? Why do you think this is so? Do you think these effects will… Read more »

Tom Peters On Excellence Now – Live From Clubhouse – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #767 – Host: Mitch Joel. The patron saint of management strategy and business thinking is Tom Peters. Full stop. When I think of Tom Peters, there is only one word that comes to mind: Legend. He is that. He is the “oracle of business” to me, personally… Read more »

Canadian Tire ranked most reputable company in commerce during year of upheaval

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Description: Canadian Tire is the most reputable company in Canadian commerce, according to a report released today by Léger Marketing Inc. that offers a snapshot of how the pandemic has affected Canadians’ perceptions of certain companies and sectors. ​Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 24, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/canadian-tire-ranked-most-reputable-company-in-commerce-during-year-of-upheaval Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »