GM halts all vehicle production at Oshawa plant, sending another 800 workers home, as U.S. strike continues

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Description: 48,000 United Auto Workers walked off the job Monday in first national strike in more than a decade Source: FinancialPost – video report Date: Sep 20, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/gm-halts-all-production-at-oshawa-plant-sending-another-800-workers-home-as-u-s-strike-continues?video_autoplay=true Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this strike? How powerful is the union’s negotiating position? The company’s? How do you think this dispute… Read more »

Competing with big tech for coveted workers, Canadian companies tout benefits of working for smaller firms

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Description: Homegrown companies promote access to mentoring, opportunity for growth Source: CBC.ca Date: Aug 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/how-to-woo-a-tech-worker-without-free-lunches-and-foosball-tables-1.5271565 Questions for discussion: How can smaller firms attract tech workers in a tight job market, according to the article? What other factors might appeal to workers?

Panera is losing nearly 100% of its workers every year as fast-food turnover crisis worsens

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Description: If you think it sounds like a mathematical impossibility for a company to lose more than 100% of its workers every year, you’ve never worked in the fast-food industry. At fast-food restaurants, losing 100% of employees — and then losing still more of the employees hired to replace those workers — is a common,… Read more »

We Asked 1,539 CEOs What It Takes to Start a Business. Here’s the Good News

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Description: We surveyed more than one thousand CEOs from this year’s Inc. 5000 companies to better understand what makes up the DNA of an entrepreneur. Source: INC.com – video report Date: Aug 23, 2019 Link: https://www.inc.com/video/we-asked-1539-ceos-what-it-takes-to-start-a-business-heres-the-good-news.html?cid=hmvid Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about entrepreneurs. Are you surprised by any of the data?

Elon Musk and Jack Ma agree: This existential threat is getting overlooked, and it’s not those killer robots

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Description: There are almost 8 billion people on Earth and, if United Nations projections play out, that number is expected to balloon to 10 billion by 2057. That’s a lot… but maybe not enough, at least according to the two tech visionaries who tangled on stage for almost an hour at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in… Read more »

Amazon workers are showing signs of unionizing — here’s how Amazon remains union free

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Description: An examination of unions and the relationships with businesses today. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Aug 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/08/22/how-amazon-fends-off-unions-as-more-workers-hold-protests.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this report. Why are the developments at Amazon so important?

SPOS #668 – Todd Herman On The Alter Ego Effect

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #668 – Host: Mitch Joel. In short: Todd Herman is a fascinating human being. Over the years, he has helped thousands of people become more resilient, creative, confident and courageous. He has clocked over 15,000 hours in the field, working one-on-one with people from all backgrounds to help… Read more »

Apple is finally moving beyond the iPhone as the smartphone industry stalls out

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Description: Apple’s iPhone is an incredible moneymaking machine. In the first three months of 2019, Apple sold $31 billion worth of iPhones. At the same time, the iPhone is becoming less important to Apple’s total sales as the smartphone industry stalls globally. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/apple-earnings-show-company-moving-beyond-iphone.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Millennials Tried to Kill the American Mall, But Gen Z Might Save It

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Description: Gen Z keeps confounding Corporate America. They’ve shunned beer, they want companies to take political stands and they trust Kardashians to make their makeup choices. But perhaps the biggest surprise about this new cohort of teenagers is the most unexpected of all: They love the shopping mall. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-25/are-u-s-malls-dead-not-if-gen-z-keeps-shopping-the-way-they-do?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »

Judge rules that companies must hand over data on gender and pay by September

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Description: The ruling is a ‘major victory for equal pay,’ one lawyer says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/companies-must-hand-over-data-on-how-they-pay-men-vs-women-by-september-judge-says-2019-04-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Why is this decision important? What are the implications for management, unions, and individual employees?