TD Bank plans to hire more than 2,000 tech workers this year amid war for talent

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Description: Toronto-Dominion Bank plans to hire more than 2,000 technology workers this year, more than six times the number added last year, pitting the lender against fintech firms in the war for talent. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 26, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-finance/banking/td-plans-to-hire-2000-tech-workers-amid-the-battle-for-talent Questions for discussion: What sort of employment opportunities are emerging at TD? Do you… Read more »

Activist investor Blackwells calls on Peloton to fire CEO, explore sale

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Description: An activist is pushing Peloton to fire its chief executive officer immediately and consider a sale as its share price has plummeted. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/24/activist-investor-to-call-on-peloton-to-fire-ceo-explore-sale-report.html?recirc=taboolainternal Questions for discussion: Was this a failure of management? Leadership? What would you advise the firm do now?

The future of work and living is ‘more flexibility’: Airbnb CEO

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Description: The acceleration of remote work has created an entirely new category of long-term travel, according to Airbnb (ABNB) CEO Brian Chesky. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-entire-identity-of-travel-is-evolving-airbnb-ceo-131259460.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the work and travel changes presented in this report by Brian Chesky. Do you think this might be… Read more »

Icahn gets two directors appointed to auto machinery firm Dana. Here’s what may be ahead for investors

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Description:  Carl Icahn is the grandfather of shareholder activism and a true pioneer of the strategy. While he is not slowing down at all, he recently reached an agreement with his son, Brett Icahn, to rejoin the firm as the eventual successor. Brett plans to employ his father’s favored approach of pushing companies to make changes… Read more »

Eventbrite Founder Julia Hartz Has a Different Way To Think About Company Culture

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Description: As a living organism, your culture can’t be stuck in time–and it doesn’t always have to be happy. Source: INC.com – podcast Date: Jan 18, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/christine-lagorio-chafkin/company-culture-julia-hartz-eventbrite-what-i-know-podcast.html Questions for discussion: What does Julia Hartz have to say about corporate culture? What advice is she presenting to management? What do you think of these… Read more »

Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

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Description: Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and delivery trucks full of packages on the way to customers’ doorsteps. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/thieves-find-new-source-for-stolen-goods-delivery-trucks-and-trains-.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say UPS management is doing to deal with current challenges?… Read more »

Microsoft has hired a law firm to review sexual harassment policies, report to come this spring

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Description: Microsoft’s board said Thursday it will review the software maker’s policies on sexual harassment and issue a report in the spring after shareholders in November approved a proposal for a report on the topic. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 13, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/13/microsoft-hires-law-firm-to-review-sexual-harassment-policies.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications of this announcement, in your opinion? Do… Read more »

‘It’s wild out there’: Employees gain upper hand amid war for talent

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Description: The surge of Omicron cases across Canada is putting employers in a double bind as they struggle to keep businesses afloat with staff away sick, while also keeping existing employees safe and happy amid the so-called great resignation trend. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/it-s-wild-out-there-employees-gain-upper-hand-amid-war-for-talent-1.1707646 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

A Record 4.5 Million Americans Quit Their Jobs in November

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Description: A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November while openings remained elevated, highlighting persistent churn in the labor market. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-04/u-s-job-openings-fall-in-november-quits-rise-to-record?srnd=wealth Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the job market? Why are people quitting? What does this mean for managers?… Read more »

Adam Grant’s 5 ‘Thinking Styles’ Reveal the Key to Effective Leadership and Professional Growth. Most Struggle to Get It Right

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Description: Not surprisingly, the learners are at the top — but most of us fall below, missing out on valuable opinions, perspective, and external information. Source: INC.com Date: Jan 05, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/jeff-steen/adam-grants-5-thinking-styles-reveal-key-to-effective-leadership-professional-growth-most-struggle-to-get-it-right.html Questions for discussion: Describe the five levels. Explain your thoughts about these levels. Do you think the top level is ideal for… Read more »