How Founding CEOs Can Better Lead Companies After Growth

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Description: Don’t believe the old saw that a founder can’t be a growth CEO–but do shift your focus from products to people. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 23, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202203/eren-bali/carbon-health-udemy-growth-leadership-advice.html Questions for discussion: Why is the leadership thinking changing, according to the article? How does this help marketers promote the company and brand to customers… Read more »

How older workers can push back against the reality of ageism

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Description: Ageism is one of the most unfair paradoxes in the labor market: People put in decades of hard work and then find themselves penalized for having done so. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 20, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/20/how-older-workers-can-push-back-against-the-reality-of-ageism-.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the managerial issues related to ageism?… Read more »

Adidas announces new network that will allow more than 50,000 student-athletes to be paid ambassadors

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Description: Adidas announced Wednesday a new “name, image and likeness” network that will be open to student-athletes at NCAA Division 1 Adidas-sponsored schools.The new program will allow more than 50,000 students across 23 sports at 109 schools the ability to become paid spokespeople for the brand. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 23, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/23/adidas-announces-new-network-that-will-allow-more-than-50000-student-athletes-to-be-paid-ambassadors-.html Questions for… Read more »

Rethinking Your Approach to the Employee Experience

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Description: Human resources leaders commonly assume that for a company to stand out as a great place to work, it must deliver competitive perks—everything from skills training to pet insurance to foosball. New research finds that this view is outdated: Engagement and retention don’t correlate with benefits awards. Employees have begun looking beyond material offerings… Read more »

Starbucks’ 3-pronged effort to create a more inclusive future for the brand

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Description: Starbucks (SBUX) is taking action to eliminate “points of exclusion” for customers across the globe and connect more with consumers and their communities. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/starbucks-takes-steps-toward-more-inclusive-future-here-are-three-ways-how-130048812.html Questions for discussion: How is management improving operations and eliminating points of exclusion? What are the overall benefits of this way of thinking?… Read more »

Women in low-paying jobs are losing billions as U.S. gender pay gap persists, Labor Department says

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Description: Women in low-paying industries, particularly Black and Hispanic women, are losing billions of dollars every year — exacerbating an already stark gender pay gap in the U.S., according to a new analysis by the Labor Department. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/15/women-in-low-paying-jobs-are-losing-billions-as-us-gender-pay-gap-persists-labor-department-says.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key arguments made in this… Read more »

Making sense of why executives are eager to get employees back in the office

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Description: After two years, giddy executives appear on the brink of welcoming their workforces back to the office, whether their employees are ready or not. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 08, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/08/return-to-office-why-executives-are-eager-for-workers-to-come-back.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Why are executives eager to get employees back in the office? What are the issues related to this debate?… Read more »

Peloton Got Trapped in Its Trillion-Dollar Fantasy

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Description: Fueled by manic demand during the early days of Covid, the company spent the next two years chasing a dream of fitness dominance. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 10, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-03-10/peloton-stock-drop-puts-bike-brand-on-path-to-nowhere?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the strategic planning at the firm and why it fell apart? What do you… Read more »

How Fleeing Ukraine in 1990 Shaped This Entrepreneur Into the Leader She Is Today

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Description: Marco Polo co-founder and CEO Vlada Bortnik watches her home country under siege, both filled with fear and inspired by the strength of her people Source: INC.com Date: Mar 02, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/lindsay-blakely/ukraine-russia-vlada-bortnik-marco-polo.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how Vlada Bortnik’s experiences helped shape her entrepreneurial business attitude? How did… Read more »

Retail Theft Rises, and N.Y.C. Small Business Owners Are Paying the Price

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Description: In New York City, neighborhood stores are struggling to confront the crimes that have cascaded from the disruptions of the pandemic. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 28, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/nyregion/new-york-stores-robberies-theft.html? Questions for discussion: What can small business owners do to mitigate the problems described in the report? What are the managerial issues related to these… Read more »