SPOS #812 – Michael Bungay Stanier On Doing Something That Matters

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #812 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s best known for his book, The Coaching Habit, which has sold over a million copies and has thousands of 5-star reviews online. Michael Bungay Stanier helps people be a force for change. He founded Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations… Read more »

HEXO shareholder calls for board changes as share price sinks below a dollar

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Description: Canadian cannabis company HEXO Corp., which has seen its share price drop precipitously in recent months as it struggled with debt taken on to fund a series of acquisitions, is facing a potential proxy battle with a shareholder seeking to replace five directors. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 03, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/cannabis/cannabis-business/shareholder-calls-for-board-changes-at-hexo-after-share-price-sinks-below-a-dollar Questions for discussion: What are… Read more »

What to know about the Apple privacy changes that crushed Facebook parent Meta

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Description: Shares of Facebook parent Meta were hammered Thursday, falling 26% after the company revealed that privacy changes Apple made to its iOS platform last year have begun to sink their teeth into the social networking giant’s bottom line. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Feb 03, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-apple-app-tracking-transparency-works-162225922-220141435.html Questions for discussion: Why did… Read more »

Streaming video no longer impresses investors, so media companies need a next act

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Description: For the past two years, media and entertainment companies have been dead-set on showing Wall Street that they have a strong streaming video strategy to counter traditional pay-TV declines. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 29, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/29/streaming-video-no-longer-impresses-investors-whats-next.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the main challenges facing the industry competitors? What 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?

Harrowing time to run a small business

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Description: Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venturepark, talks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about the struggles of running a small business during the pandemic. Source: FinancialPost.ca/ Youtube.com – video report Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRH-qJ1zFGg Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this discussion and the recommendations made to small business owners. What… Read more »

Intel’s $20 Billion Ohio Chip Hub Will Be World’s Largest

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Description: Intel Corp. plans to spend $20 billion on a chipmaking hub on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, which the company expects to grow to be the world’s biggest semiconductor-manufacturing site. ​Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-21/intel-plans-to-spend-20-billion-on-ohio-chipmaking-hub Questions for discussion: Why is Intel building the plant in Ohio? What does this choice suggest about… Read more »

It’s Not ‘Woke’ for Businesses to Think Beyond Profit, BlackRock Chief Says

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Description: Larry Fink’s latest annual letter to corporate America clarifies, and defends, his approach to social and environmental issues at the world’s largest money manager. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/business/dealbook/larry-fink-blackrock-letter.html? Questions for discussion: How would you characterize Larry Fink’s role and influence in the business world? Do you agree with his recommended… 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 »

‘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 »