Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year: Intact Financial’s Charles Brindamour

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Description: Intact has ‘quietly’ become Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance and Brindamour, 51, is a company lifer Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/financial-post-magazine/ceo-of-the-year/canadas-outstanding-ceo-of-the-year Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Charles Brindamour’s management style and approach to growth? How would you describe his philosophy towards… Read more »

5 years ago, these women launched a side hustle for Black figure skaters — now Olympians are wearing their tights

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Description: Today, their start-up Aurora Tights says it’s the country’s most inclusive hosiery brand, designing tights for hundreds of figure skaters, dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. That includes Team USA pairs skater Ashley Cain-Gribble, who is competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/17/aurora-tights-how-side-hustle-for-black-ice-skaters-got-to-olympics.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

Americans are paying more for worse stuff, study finds

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Description: Measured by consumer prices, U.S. inflation is the highest in 40 years. Look at what Americans are actually getting for their money and the rate may be even higher, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 17, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/americans-are-paying-more-for-worse-stuff-study-finds-1.1724841 Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

We’re Good at Motivating Others, but What About Ourselves?

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Description: There are plenty of books that teach how to influence the behavior of others, but anyone who’s set a personal goal knows it’s a lot tougher to apply those lessons inward. Ayelet Fishbach, a behavioral science and marketing professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, has written a new book that can… Read more »

What We Lose When Work Gets Too Casual

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Description: Like so many with a desk job, I’ve spent the pandemic working from home — or more specifically, the bed in a bedroom of our microscopic Brooklyn apartment, which also houses a 6-year-old, a cat named James Bond and a Roomba named DB5. When I have Zooms for work, I try to put on… Read more »

The difference between DEI and anti-racism at work, according to the diversity chief of a $37 billion company

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Description: Over the past few years, companies made it their mission to commit to diversifying their boards and fostering a more inclusive culture. But, with women holding just 24% of senior leadership positions globally, and white people making up almost 80% of the American workforce, there is still work to be done. Source: CNBC.com Date:… Read more »

Here’s how key the Ambassador Bridge is to U.S.-Canada trade

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Description: Canada-bound traffic on the Ambassador Bridge has been ground to a halt as people protesting vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions have closed access to the bridge. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 09, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/here-s-how-key-the-ambassador-bridge-is-to-u-s-canada-trade-1.1720190 Questions for discussion: What are the implications of supply disruptions, as discussed in the report? How have… Read more »

Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, says he’s ‘here for the comeback story,’ an internal email shows

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Description: Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, is telling remaining staff that he’s “here for the comeback story.” ​Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 09, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/09/read-the-email-that-pelotons-new-ceo-barry-mccarthy-sent-to-staff.html Questions for discussion: What are the positive and negative factors facing the new CEO? What is his plan? What would you advise? Do you think the firm… Read more »

3 Tensions Leaders Need to Manage in the Hybrid Workplace

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Description: As hybrid work transitions from a temporary pandemic-era band-aid to the normal way of working, many leaders are wondering how they build an inclusive hybrid culture. The pandemic laid bare existing inequalities at work — around caregiving, race and even age — and while there is an opportunity to “build back better,” the path to “better” is unclear, even for… Read more »

Joe Rogan apologizes to Spotify and musicians amid boycott over his podcast

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Description: Podcaster Joe Rogan has apologized to Spotify, while also addressing the controversy around his podcast. Musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell recently boycotted the service for continuing to host “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which has been accused by medical professionals of spreading Covid misinformation. Both musicians have since pulled their music libraries from Spotify. Source:… Read more »