It’s Not ‘Woke’ for Businesses to Think Beyond Profit, BlackRock Chief Says

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Description: Larry Fink’s latest annual letter to corporate America clarifies, and defends, his approach to social and environmental issues at the world’s largest money manager. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/business/dealbook/larry-fink-blackrock-letter.html? Questions for discussion: How would you characterize Larry Fink’s role and influence in the business world? Do you agree with his recommended… Read more »

Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

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Description: Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and delivery trucks full of packages on the way to customers’ doorsteps. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/thieves-find-new-source-for-stolen-goods-delivery-trucks-and-trains-.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say UPS management is doing to deal with current challenges?… Read more »

It’s the Real Thing: Coca-Cola’s Data-Driven Director

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Description: Coca-Cola’s Pamela Mittoo talks ballroom dancing, her passion for data and why she’ll never again bang her head against the wall. Source: MediaPost.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/370206/its-the-real-thing-coca-colas-data-driven-direc.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=promo&utm_campaign=124947&hashid=%7B%7B%20hashid%20%7D%7D&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MediaPost%20Insider%20Connect%20-%20124947&utm_content=MediaPost%20Insider%20Connect%20-%20124947+CID_edd3d5c6a43df6a73b9765de9a9944e2&utm_source=promo&utm_term=Its%20the%20Real%20Thing%20Coca-Colas%20Data-Driven%20Director Questions for discussion: What would you say is the outstanding characteristic that describes Pamela Mittoo. What explains her management success story, in… Read more »

Microsoft has hired a law firm to review sexual harassment policies, report to come this spring

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Description: Microsoft’s board said Thursday it will review the software maker’s policies on sexual harassment and issue a report in the spring after shareholders in November approved a proposal for a report on the topic. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 13, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/13/microsoft-hires-law-firm-to-review-sexual-harassment-policies.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications of this announcement, in your opinion? Do… Read more »

SPOS #809 – Dorie Clark On How To Play The Long Game

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #809 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the great pleasures of my professional career has been getting to know Dorie Clark and watching her ascent in the business world. Dorie has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as… Read more »

Adam Grant’s 5 ‘Thinking Styles’ Reveal the Key to Effective Leadership and Professional Growth. Most Struggle to Get It Right

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Description: Not surprisingly, the learners are at the top — but most of us fall below, missing out on valuable opinions, perspective, and external information. Source: INC.com Date: Jan 05, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/jeff-steen/adam-grants-5-thinking-styles-reveal-key-to-effective-leadership-professional-growth-most-struggle-to-get-it-right.html Questions for discussion: Describe the five levels. Explain your thoughts about these levels. Do you think the top level is ideal for… Read more »

Google CEO addresses employee concerns about loss of ‘candor, honesty, humility and frankness’ by execs

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Description: Google employees are pressing executives to bring back a part of the company’s culture that, in the past, made it a desirable place to work: candor. ​Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 21, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/21/google-ceo-addresses-employee-concerns-over-loss-of-candor-and-honesty.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues facing the company? What is the significance of the recognition by the firm’s… Read more »

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 »