Facebook Workplace executive departing to join venture capital firm as talent exodus continues

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Description: The head of Facebook’s Workplace business software unit has left for venture capital, becoming the latest high-profile departure from the social media company in 2021. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/07/facebook-workplace-executive-departing-to-join-venture-capital-firm.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the top management situation at the firm? What explains this… Read more »

Apple’s Tim Cook signed $275 billion deal to placate China – The Information

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Description: (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook signed an agreement with Chinese officials, estimated to be worth about $275 billion, to placate threats that would have hobbled its devices and services in the country, The Information reported on Tuesday. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apples-tim-cook-signed-275-142736543.html Questions for discussion: What does this… Read more »

Baseball’s record-setting free agency spending spree, in charts

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Description: Major League Baseball deal-making came to a screeching halt at midnight on Thursday when the league’s collective bargaining agreement expired, causing a lockout. But that didn’t stop a record-setting amount of cash that was doled out in the free agency market in the days before. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 06, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/06/baseballs-record-setting-free-agency-spending-spree-in-charts.html Questions for… Read more »

Condé Nast Knows Faded Glory Is Not in Style

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Description: Anna Wintour is the embodiment of the glory days of the magazine dynasty. Now she is pitching its global, digital future. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 04, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/04/business/media/conde-nast-anna-wintour.html? Questions for discussion: What has happened to this business in recent years? How has the company responded? What would you advise the firm do today?… Read more »

Layered Leadership and Apple’s Rise to the Top

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Description: n their book The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, Revised and Updated Edition: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy, Wharton management professors Harbir Singh and Michael Useem draw on one-on-one interviews and their own research to take readers into the offices — and mindsets — of some of today’s foremost strategic leaders. In the following excerpt adapted from the book, Singh and… Read more »

Disney appoints its first female board chair

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Description: Walt Disney Co. has announced that Susan E. Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as chairman of the board, the first time a woman has held the position at the company, effective December 31st. Source: NPR.org Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1060835197/move-over-mickey-minnies-in-the-big-chair-at-disney-now Questions for discussion: What is the significance of this announcement, in your opinion?… Read more »

Twitter’s New CEO Makes His Mark With Executive Reshuffle

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Description: (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, who just took the reins from Jack Dorsey this week, is already shaking up the management ranks. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/twitter-shuffles-executive-team-following-202309898.html Questions for discussion: Explain the shake up at Twitter. What direction would you expect management to take at this time?… Read more »

It’s time we include neurodiverse people when talking DEI

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Description: One in five Americans has a learning or thinking difference. Leaders should create a culture that welcomes them. ​Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90695782/its-time-we-include-neurodiverse-people-when-talking-dei Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in the report and advice for managers? What do you think about this issue?

Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem

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Description: A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/technology/amazon-employee-leave-errors.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for this managerial mess. What are the likely consequences for the firm and employees as a result of this publicity?… Read more »

Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming

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Description: Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/17/bill-gates-terrapower-builds-its-first-nuclear-reactor-in-a-coal-town.html Questions for discussion: What are the business implications for this new technology? What sort of headwinds can the industry expect and how should they deal with… Read more »