SPOS #646 – Healthier Networking With Karen Wickre

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Description: It’s a pretty amazing life. Karen Wickrehas been involved in the communications space for a very long time. She’s based in Silicon Valley, sits on many boards and has even been written about quite a few times (check out Chip Conley‘s latest book, Wisdom @ Work for more about her abilities to be an executive whisperer and EQ… Read more »

Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology

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Description:  Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England’s Hampshire countryside. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Nov 25, 2018 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/robots-field-farms-embracing-autonomous-124224230.html Questions for discussion: How is technology changing agriculture? How is offering a robotic service… Read more »

Small Business Saturday isn’t a novelty anymore – independent retailers depend on it

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Description: For Mackenzi Farquer, Small Business Saturday is a big deal.The owner of Queens, New York-based Lockwood gift shop, which sells kitchenware, clothing and paper goods, says there’s often barely room to stand in her locations on the retail holiday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018… Read more »

China Chopstick Debacle Puts Dolce & Gabbana’s Future at Stake

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Description: Dolce & Gabbana’s Chinese marketing scandal is fashion’s biggest faux pas since former Christian Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant in 2011, and it’s potentially far more costly. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-23/china-chopstick-debacle-puts-dolce-gabbana-s-future-at-stake Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing management. What are the lessons to be learned by managers of international… Read more »

$9 million and a lifetime of bragging rights are on the line for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

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Description:  It’s golf, but not as we know it. Friday sees two of the game’s greats go head to head, with no trophy or major title to be won. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/23/9-million-and-a-lifetime-of-bragging-rights-on-the-line-for-tiger-woods-and-phil-mickelson.html Questions for discussion: Do you think this format will succeed? Explain why. Would it succeed… Read more »

Canada Goose pushes into Chinese market used to fake parkas

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Description: Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (GOOS.TO 2.66%) is pushing ahead with its China expansion, betting its strategy of selling premium coats directly to customers will help overcome a proliferation of knockoffs and the nation’s consumption slowdown. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-goose-takes-on-chinese-market-more-used-to-fake-parkas-1.1172675 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how Canada Goose… Read more »

SPOS #645 – Back To Human With Dan Schawbel

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Description: When I first met Dan Schawbel (many years back), my reaction was, “who is this kid trying to make such a loud noise?” The passion was oozing out of him. Dan had a real fire in his belly. Source: SixPixels.com – podcast Date: Nov 18, 2018 Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-645-back-to-human-with-dan-schawbel/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this podcast. What… Read more »

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

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Description: Sheryl Sandberg was seething. Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 14, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the criticism aimed at the firm and its management in this report. Do you agree with the evaluation and… Read more »

PG&E has lost half its value this week as shareholders fear utility’s role in California wildfires

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Description: PG&E’s stock has lost more than half its value this week as shareholders flee the utility amid concerns that its equipment may be partly responsible for the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 13, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/pge-has-lost-half-its-value-as-shareholders-fear-its-role-in-ca-fire.html Questions for discussion: Why has the company stock value fallen? What does this scenario… Read more »