The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator? Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world… Read more »

COVID-19 Will Turbocharge Legal Industry Transformation

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Description: The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is attacking the health, financial welfare, social order and political stability of nations across the globe. At a time when millions are fighting to survive illness, financial hardship, political upheaval, and other existential threats, it is difficult to look beyond the moment. The scourge of COVID-19 will pass. When, at what… Read more »

The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion During Uncertain Times

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Description: As inclusion strategist Vernã Myers says, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” But what if it’s a virtual dance party, where you’re unsure who to invite, how to send the invitations, who can DJ or what online platform would work the best? That is the situation many of… Read more »

How to Answer Common Difficult Interview Questions

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Description: In its simplest form, a job interview is an attempt to impress someone at the other end of the table. Your résumé and qualifications got your foot in the door, but the in-person interview is where potential hires most often succeed or flounder. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 13, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/smarter-living/how-to-answer-common-difficult-interview-questions.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

PG&E reaches bankruptcy deal with California governor

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Description: Pacific Gas & Electric and California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a deal Friday for the nation’s largest utility to emerge from bankruptcy triggered by massive liabilities from wildfires. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 20, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/pge-reaches-bankruptcy-deal-with-california-governor.html Questions for discussion: What are the implications for Californians going forward? How will management decisions be… Read more »

50% of small business planning layoffs as confidence hits new low

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Description: A measure of Canadian small business confidence has cratered to the lowest level on record in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Wednesday that its gauge of sentiment is at depths not seen during even past recessions. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 27, 2020 Link:… Read more »

Why Tech Companies Can Regain Consumer Trust as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

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Description: As the government continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 epidemic, US consumers and news organizations have rediscovered one of the things that made social media so valuable: Democratizing information about a fast-moving global story brings to light important narratives that official sources may miss, ignore or suppress. Source: e-Marketer.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link:… Read more »

The World Catches a Dangerous Virus of the Mind

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Description: The coronavirus is more than a health menace. It’s a wealth destroyer that the global economy will have to live with for many months to come. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-28/the-world-catches-a-dangerous-virus-of-the-mind?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about what was known about the coronavirus a month ago and how people… Read more »

Virtual Happy Hour Anyone? Working From Home But Keeping Connected

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Description: To limit exposure to the coronavirus, many companies across the U.S. are urging, and some are mandating, that employees work from home. Source: NPR.com – podcast Date: Mar 15, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/815973389/virtual-happy-hour-anyone-working-from-home-but-keeping-connected Questions for discussion: How are firms responding to the needs of employees working from home? What other ideas would you suggest to… Read more »

The global crisis in recycling

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Description: With the world drowning in plastic, the need for recycling is more acute than ever. But the industry that handles all that waste is on the verge of collapse. Source: Fortune.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/5187780a-ab59-4647-bf11-134b18573b67?activePlaylistName=Fortune%20Magazine%20Features Questions for discussion: What are the ethical, social, and operational problems facing managers in this industry? What… Read more »