Employers Have a New Idea for Inclusive Recruitment: Hiring for Diversity of Thought

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Description: Intent on creating a cohesive culture, companies have focused for the past few years on recruiting candidates based less on specific job skills (those can be taught) than on traits like shared values, similar backgrounds, and even personal chemistry with the hiring manager. An unintended consequence: Too much emphasis on cultural fit can lead… Read more »

YouTube CEO implores video creators to take some time off

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Description: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says in 2019, she’s been hearing more about creators feeling the need to constantly produce content, resulting in burnout. So much so, that she asked her product teams to pull some data. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/21/youtube-ceo-anne-wojicki-to-video-creators-take-some-time-off.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What do you think about how the… Read more »

Rona’s tragedy in three acts: From Quebec’s foreign takeover block, to deal with Lowe’s, to store closures

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Description: Opinion: As Lowe’s goes about closing Rona stores, it does no good and benefits no one to raise the spectre of boycotts and other forms of reprisals Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ronas-tragedy-in-three-acts-from-quebecs-foreign-takeover-block-to-deal-with-lowes-to-store-closures Questions for discussion: What does Yvan Allaire have to say about events that led to the current situation. Do… Read more »

Alphabet’s Board Probes Company’s Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

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Description: Google’s parent Alphabet is investigating how the company has managed sexual harassment and misconduct claims, some of which have targeted its own executives. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 06, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/2019/11/06/google-parent-alphabet-probe-sexual-harassment-misconduct/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=ceo-daily&utm_content=2019110712pm Questions for discussion: What are the management issues raised in this report? Do you think the firms mentioned have responded… Read more »

It’s not just Boeing. More companies are splitting CEO and chairman roles

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Description: In 2005, 30% of chairman and CEO roles at companies in the S&P 500 were split, according to Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm. That has increased to 53% this year. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 05, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/05/its-not-just-boeing-more-companies-are-splitting-ceo-and-chairman-roles.html Questions for discussion: What are the reasons for splitting these roles? How might the… Read more »

Workplace mental health programs deliver healthier bottom lines

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Description: Deloitte analysis finds a median return on investment of $1.62 for every $1 spent Source: CBC.ca Date: Nov 07, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/workplace-mental-health-programs-deliver-good-roi-1.5346872 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key findings presented in this report. Are you surprised by any of the items? What is the message to management as well as employees?

Next Billion-Dollar Startups: Truepill’s Dose Of Digital Disruption To The $400 Billion Pharmacy Industry

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Description: Pharmacy is a roughly $400 billion business in the United States, yet only recently have entrepreneurs begun tackling the market. In 2013, two young founders launched PillPack, a retail pharmacy startup that was acquired by Amazon last year for around $750 million. Other newcomers followed, including New York City’s Capsule, which grabbed $270 million… Read more »

Peugeot’s boss, Carlos Tavares, plans a merger with Fiat Chrysler

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Description: His methods have a lot to teach a troubled industry Source: Fortune.com Date: Oct 31, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2019/10/31/peugeots-boss-carlos-tavares-plans-a-merger-with-fiat-chrysler?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/20191030n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/334726/n Questions for discussion: What does this article say about the theories related to huge mergers of firms and the managers who attempt to organize them? What are the lessons all managers can take away from this… Read more »

CMOs on Their Paths to Becoming Chief Marketing Officers

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Description: There’s no qualifying checklist for a marketer to become a CMO, but most will tell you that the pathway to the helm of a marketing department involves a mix of expertise, diversity of experience and a willingness to learn. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 24, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/cmos-on-their-paths-to-becoming-chief-marketing-officers?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Is there a commonality… Read more »

Two women joined GM more than a decade ago. Their futures couldn’t be more different

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Description: General Motors is betting its future on an army of engineers who can build cars by code, leaving little room for the assembly line workers Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 24, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/feature/two-women-joined-gm-more-than-a-decade-ago-their-futures-couldnt-be-more-different Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the affect technology is having on employment at GM? How is management… Read more »