Overcoming obstacles is all about balance

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Description:  COMMENTARY Some things naturally complement each other. I don’t know why; they just do. Movies and popcorn. Peanut butter and jelly. The Three Stooges. Tuna fish and mayo. The New York Yankees. Okay, so I’m a little biased. When it comes to your career, work-life balance, that sort of thing, there’s a certain combination… Read more »

Zynga Weighs Future After Schappert’s Departure

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Description: In the wake of Zynga Chief Operating Officer John Schappert’s departure, we look at the condition of the company, including the decline of profitability and continuing litigation. Drew Dowell has details on The News Hub. Photo: Getty Images. Source: Marketwatch.com – video report Date: Aug 09, 2012 Link: http://live.wsj.com/video/zynga-weighs-future-after-schappert-departure/C292DF9A-FA2A-438A-903D-65395DABC949.html Questions for Discussion: What were… Read more »

Sanofi’s Shock Therapy Enrages the French

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Description: Among the major French companies that have triggered protests at home this summer by announcing job cuts, Sanofi (SNY) stands out for its audacity. France’s biggest drugmaker plans to slash its research and development staff in Toulouse and Montpellier and is shifting its focus across the Atlantic to Cambridge, Mass. Source: Businessweek.com Date: Aug… Read more »

Colleagues complaining? Why you need to tune it out

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Description: Incessant exposure to negativity isn’t just a drag — it’s actually bad for your brain, researchers say. Here are some ways to protect yourself. Source: Fortune.com Date: Aug 09, 2012 Link: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/09/colleagues-complaining-why-you-need-to-tune-it-out/?iid=F_F500M Questions for Discussions: What are the highlights in this report? How would you minimize negativity?

For Sale in India, Made in China

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Description: As Chinese-made goods flow into India, a growing trade imbalance is sparking tension between the two countries. Source: Marketwatch.com – video report Date: Aug 02, 2012 Link: http://live.wsj.com/video/for-sale-in-india-made-in-china/15161340-BA5B-4755-9A10-59933EE5681A.html Questions for Discussion: Summarize the reasons for the trade imbalance? What are the solutions? What does this report suggest about the globalization debate?

Where Free Speech Goes to Die: The Workplace

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Description: In America you can say pretty much whatever you want, wherever you want to say it. Unless, that is, you’re at work. Simply put, there is no First Amendment right to “free speech” in the workplace—potentially perilous for many employees in a polarized political year with a tight presidential race. Source: Businessweek.com Date: Aug… Read more »

Key to NBA’s success? Embracing tech

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Description: NBA Commissioner David Stern says the basketball league is looking to expand its use of technology to improve gameplay and increase its audience. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: July 24, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/07/23/bst-stern-nba-tech.fortune/ Questions for Discussion: How does management of the NBA expect to grow their business? How will technology influence this growth?… Read more »

As China costs rise, technology lures U.S. factories home

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Description: Seesmart Inc (SEST.PK), a small California lighting company, used to make all of its LED products in China, but last year that started to change. Frustrated by expensive and slow shipping and wanting more control over the manufacturing process, the 15-year-old company started building factories in Simi Valley, California, and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Source:… Read more »

Putting artists to work

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Description: Struggling artists and performers sick of waiting on tables find a perfect business in child care. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: July 20, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/fortune/2012/07/20/f-sitters-studio.fortune/ Questions for Discussion: What is the competitive advantage? How would the management of this business be different than at any regular daycare center? What are the unique… Read more »