Warren Buffett calls this ‘indispensable’ life advice: ‘You can always tell someone to go to hell tomorrow’

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Description: Aside from being recognized as one of the most successful investors of all time, Warren Buffett is also revered for his invaluable wisdom. But how did the Oracle of Omaha gain the knowledge that led him to such extraordinary achievements? Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/billionaire-warren-buffett-shares-indispensable-life-advice-he-learned-more-than-40-years-ago.html Questions for discussion: What is Buffett’s primary message,… Read more »

Nice Try, Ghosn, But You Can’t Try Yourself

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Description: (Bloomberg Opinion) — Instead of a show trial in Tokyo we got the Ghosn show in Beirut. Neither offered the chance of a satisfactory outcome. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan 08, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nice-try-ghosn-cant-try-163534746.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key items concerning how Ghosn was treated thus far and in Japan in… Read more »

Meet Bell’s new CEO — a likeable, blue-collar, hockey-loving sports nut at heart

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Description: It is a pinch-me, look-at-me-now situation for Mirko Bibic, who woke up his first day on the job with an admitted case of the butterflies Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 10, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/telecom/meet-bells-new-ceo-a-likeable-blue-collar-hockey-loving-sports-nut-at-heart Questions for discussion: What are the things mentioned in the article about Mirko Bibic that suggest he was a good choice?… Read more »

A revival is under way in the chip business

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Description: The high-tech industry is as cyclical as any commodity Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 11, 2020 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/11/a-revival-is-under-way-in-the-chip-business?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2020/01/9n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/375381/n Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made about the industry in the report. What does the report suggest about the near future for the industry?

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon took bold stances in 2019. Next year he’ll have an even bigger platform

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Description: After two deadly shootings at Walmart stores over the summer, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon made a surprising move.The retailer on Sept. 3 said it would halt sales of ammunition for assault-style rifles and handguns and that it would begin asking shoppers to no longer openly carry firearms in stores in states where “open carry” is allowed…. Read more »

A manager’s manifesto for 2020

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Description: The start of the year is traditionally the time to make resolutions to change your behaviour. Hardly anyone keeps them, of course, but in the spirit of optimism, here are Bartleby’s eight suggestions for what managers ought to resolve to do in 2020. Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 02, 2020 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/02/a-managers-manifesto-for-2020?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/2020012n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/371345/n Questions for discussion: Summarize… Read more »

Google employees are complaining the company has changed — this chart shows one reason why

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Description: As Sundar Pichai faces his first full year leading Alphabet, the job comes with challenges, including a workforce that has grown eight-fold from a decade ago. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 02, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/02/google-employee-growth-2001-through-2019.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How has Alphabet changed over the past decade? How should management deal with the growth… Read more »

Gap between CEO pay and average worker hits record

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Description: The gap in pay between CEOs and the average Canadian worker is bigger than ever. A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has found Canada’s 100 highest paid chief executives made 227 times more than the average worker in 2018, up from the previous year when CEOs made 197 times… Read more »

The battery decade: How energy storage could revolutionize industries in the next 10 years

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Description: What a difference a decade can make. In 2010, batteries powered our phones and computers. By the end of the decade, they are starting to power our cars and houses too. Source:CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 30, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/30/battery-developments-in-the-last-decade-created-a-seismic-shift-that-will-play-out-in-the-next-10-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How is battery technology disrupting industries and changing many of… Read more »

SPOS #703 – Brett Hurt On Entrepreneurship And Starting Up

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #703 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s an old friend and someone who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in the technology and startup world. While many know his name… most do not. Let’s change that. Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world (of which I am an advisor),… Read more »