Coursera begins trading at $39 per share, stock pops 18%

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Description: Shares of education tech company Coursera opened at $39 apiece in its market debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/coursera-ipo-cour-begins-trading-on-the-nyse.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Describe the Coursera business model. Who are the target customers? What are the limits to growth? How should HR managers approach… Read more »

How Tech Companies Are Revamping the Remote-Work Experience

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Description: Tech giant says ‘coming together’ is core to its culture in announcing U.S. investment Source: WSJ.com – video report Date: Mar 18, 2021 Link: https://www.wsj.com/video/how-tech-companies-are-revamping-the-remote-work-experience/2DD85CC9-636E-42C1-8EE4-AD62E0AE6256.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented about workplace locations and remote work. What do you think of these ideas and predictions for the future? What should management take… Read more »

Covid’s Unexpected Side Effect: It Made Them Better Leaders

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Description: A brush with the brutal virus brought fear, gratitude, and clarity to these business owners. Source: INC.com Date: Mar 22, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/lindsay-blakely/entrepreneurs-sick-covid-leadership-lessons.html Questions for discussion: How did Covid affect some business people with respect to their managerial behavior and thinking? Why do you think this is so? Do you think these effects will… Read more »

Tom Peters On Excellence Now – Live From Clubhouse – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #767 – Host: Mitch Joel. The patron saint of management strategy and business thinking is Tom Peters. Full stop. When I think of Tom Peters, there is only one word that comes to mind: Legend. He is that. He is the “oracle of business” to me, personally… Read more »

Canadian Tire ranked most reputable company in commerce during year of upheaval

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Description: Canadian Tire is the most reputable company in Canadian commerce, according to a report released today by Léger Marketing Inc. that offers a snapshot of how the pandemic has affected Canadians’ perceptions of certain companies and sectors. ​Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 24, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/canadian-tire-ranked-most-reputable-company-in-commerce-during-year-of-upheaval Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

Why a personalized LinkedIn background is what your profile is missing

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Description: Just as you don’t want any of your job search materials looking generic, you don’t want your LinkedIn profile looking generic to a job recruiter or hiring manager. If your LinkedIn profile is to serve as a piece of online personal branding that helps you stand out as a professional, one simple step you can take is customizing… Read more »

Toyota, Honda cut North America production amid supply chain woes

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Description: Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. announced on Wednesday new North American production cuts, citing supply chain issues that have wreaked havoc with the auto industry. ​Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 19, 2021 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/honda-toyota-production-cut-1.5954648 Questions for discussion: What does the report suggest is the nature of global supply management problems and their… Read more »

Global Business Ethics Survey® Report. The State of Ethics & Compliance in the Workplace: A Look at Global Trends 

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Description:  Global Business Ethics Survey® Report. The State of Ethics & Compliance in the Workplace: A Look at Global Trends Source: Ethics.org Date: Mar 09, 2021 Link: https://www.ethics.org/global-business-ethics-survey/ Questions for discussion: Review and summarize the key results presented in the report. What do you believe are the important take-aways for managers?

Remote Learning Isn’t Just for Kids

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Description: New online tools and an array of remote classes and programs are ramping up education and training for adults. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 09, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/education/online-learning-older-adults.html Questions for discussion: What are the entrepreneurial opportunities related to online learning? How can managers take advantage of this trend?

The Six Traits of High-Performing Teams

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Description: Without one, the other five won’t really shine through, researchers say. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 05, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-05/managers-with-high-performing-teams-foster-creativity-and-cohesion?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Which trait do you think is the most likely to be a problem? How should management handle that problem?