Job Applicants’ Cultural Fit Can Trump Qualifications

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Description:  At a recent job interview at Summit Partners, a private equity firm in Boston, an applicant was asked, “If you could pick one person to play you in a movie, who would it be?” Source: Businessweek.com Date: Jan 03, 2013 Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-03/job-applicants-cultural-fit-can-trump-qualifications#r=hp-ls Questions for Discussions: What do you think of the this process of applicant… Read more »

Help for a Start-Up, but at a High Price

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Description:  EATWHATEVER is a two-step breath-freshening product created four years ago by a then-26-year-old Australian expatriate named Jacqui Rosshandler. Starting with $60,000 in capital, contracting out production and working solo from her New York apartment, Ms. Rosshandler and her company, Jacquii L.L.C., managed to grab a promising but tenuous toehold in the billion-dollar breath-freshening industry… Read more »

Big plans for 2013? Start the year with a ‘mental detox’

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Description:  The St. Louis Cardinals’ mental fitness coach explains how to boost your brain’s performance. Plus, new research on making resolutions stick. Source: Fortune.com Date: Jan 02, 2013 Link:  http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/01/02/new-year-resolutions/?iid=F_F500M Questions for Discussions: Try these suggestions. What do you think of them? What other ideas would you suggest that follow the same themes?

A port strike could cost billions

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Description: As longshoremen from Maine to Texas negotiate into the final days, a threatened port strike could hit U.S. retailers, truckers and farmers. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Dec 27, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/12/27/n-ports-docks-strike-economic-damage.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: What are the issues in this conflict? What are the ethical and social issues that transcend the parties… Read more »

The Worst Commissioner in Professional Sports

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Description:  In case you missed the latest news – – the National Hockey League has a hard enough time getting people to pay attention when games are actually being played –Commissioner Gary Bettman went nuclear last week, filing a lawsuit against his own players. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 19, 2012 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-19/the-worst-commissioner-in-professional-sports.html Questions for Discussions:… Read more »

Retailers Take On the Risk of Same-Day Shipping

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Description:  Ivy Wu did not immediately need the navy lace cocktail dress she ordered the other day. But when a representative from Shoptiques, an e-commerce site, arrived at her Midtown office with the dress only hours after Ms. Wu, 26, had placed her order, “I was really impressed that it was here,” she said. Source:… Read more »

Anti-Gravity Innovation

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Description: Bloomberg Enterprise is your exclusive look at the leadership and strategy behind America’s most intriguing and growing businesses. This week, how Alter-G founder Sean Whalen is defying gravity with his father’s space-age idea. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 12, 2012 Link: http://bloom.bg/VW7Nzj#ooid=Z5YTBsNzq5GPGYjbHWD0nCyEvAxQtIt8 Questions for Discussions: What are the product development possibilities for… Read more »

EA’s Moore Says Mobile Gaming Future of Industry

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Description: Peter Moore, chief operating officer at Electronics Arts Inc., talks about the transition to mobile gaming and EA’s games. He speaks with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” Bloomberg’s Deirdre Bolton also speaks. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 07, 2012 Link: http://bloom.bg/UCDhpx#ooid=Rsd2JsNzqa56Bz9ML2QeDhgQtZjqUG1i Questions for Discussions: Summarize the trends taking place in… Read more »

Walmart vs. Union-Backed OUR Walmart

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Description:  Cindy Murray has been working at Walmart store No. 1985 in Laurel, Md., for 13 years. She’s stationed in the fitting rooms and earns $12.40 an hour. Murray, who’s in her fifties, says she loves her job. She thinks of herself as a model employee. Source: Businessweek.com Date: Dec 13, 2012 Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-13/walmart-vs-dot-union-backed-our-walmart#r=hp-ls Questions… Read more »

6 reasons manufacturing is returning to North America

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Description:  Lower transportation costs, competitive wages, technology and employee productivity have made North America a manufacturing destination. In a sign of this manufacturing renaissance, GE, one of the world’s largest appliance manufacturers, gearing up its almost-dormant Louisville facilities for new product development and production. Source: SmartPlanet.com Date: Dec 05, 2012 Link:  http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/6-reasons-manufacturing-is-returning-to-north-america/7422?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660 Questions for Discussions:… Read more »