Alphabet CFO explains how Google fixed a dip in productivity during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Description: Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said the company is seeing pre-pandemic productivity levels from employees again — thanks to leadership coaching and employee surveys. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 18, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/18/how-google-improved-employee-productivity-during-covid-19-pandemic.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the firm handled the challenges of the pandemic? Do… Read more »

Susan Brady: The Most Important Leadership Skill? Listening.

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Description: What does inclusive leadership look like? And why is it key for teams’ and organizations’ success? Susan Brady, CEO of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, joins the podcast to talk about psychological safety, why employees need to feel safe speaking up at work and what she believes is the most important skill… Read more »

SPOS #748 – Seth Godin On Shipping Your Best Work

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #748 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’m a reader. I pride myself on reading. Mostly business and non-fiction books. I can work through 1-2 of them per week… that is until Covid 19 hit. I was in a funk with my reading. Just could not get through… Read more »

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40: The next leaders for 2020

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Description: BNN Bloomberg is proud to announce the 2020 recipients of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award, a celebration of the top up-and-coming leaders in the country. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 21, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-s-top-40-under-40-the-next-leaders-for-2020-1.1513685 Questions for discussion: Can you identify any commonalities shared by many of these leaders? What do you… Read more »

Target and Walmart prove the pandemic e-commerce surge won’t reverse

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Description: Walmart and Target both reported stellar third-quarter earnings this week, sending their shares soaring. And once again, the biggest headline for both was e-commerce. Walmart (WMT) said its online sales rose 79% in the quarter. Target (TGT) said its online sales rose 155%. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 20, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/target-and-walmart-prove-the-pandemic-ecommerce-surge-wont-reverse-133454888.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

8VC founder Joe Lonsdale on why he decided to move this company from California to Texas

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Description: 8VC founding partner and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week about why he decided to move his company from California to Texas. He joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss what tipped him over the edge and the reasons behind the decision. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

We’re starting to see some long-term scars in the U.S. labor market: Morning Brief

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Description: Layoffs hit a record low in September, but permanent job losers are skyrocketing. Yahoo Finance’s Myles Udland breaks down today’s Morning Brief on Yahoo Finance Live. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/were-starting-see-long-term-152158910.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about employment numbers and specific sectors in the economy?… Read more »

Hard Lessons and Simple Routines Helped These Founders Beat the Stress of 2020

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Description: How confronting personal crises led one company’s co-founders to emerge stronger. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202011/cameron-albert-deitch/front-mathilde-collin-laurent-perrin-cancer-depression-crisis.html Questions for discussion: What are the lessons managers and entrepreneurs should take away from this article? Are there more general lessons about life and work balance and the challenges we deal with?

Chairman of Elite Wine Group Resigns Amid Its Sexual Harassment Scandal

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Description: Devon Broglie is the latest figure in the Court of Master Sommeliers to be accused of an inappropriate relationship. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 06, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/06/dining/drinks/court-master-sommeliers-chairman-resigns.html Questions for discussion: How can the organization deal with this public issue in the short term? What can they do longer-term to reduce the chances of a… Read more »

Posthaste: Working Canadians are showing the strain of 7 months of pandemic, not only in our state of mind, but on the job

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Description: Employers need to check in with their employees ‘or risk detrimental and long-term impacts on business performance’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/executive-summary/posthaste-posthaste-nov-12-nearly-half-of-working-canadians-say-they-need-help-and-its-hurting-our-productivity Questions for discussion: What does the report say is happening to working Canadians? What should management be doing about these developments?