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Description: Time is not money. Time is life force. This is the core of Jenny Blake‘s powerful new book, Free Time – Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business. Jenny is an author and podcaster (and friend) who loves helping people navigate change and free time to do more of their best work. Jenny is the author of the award-winning book, Pivot – The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, and co-creator of Google’s acclaimed Career Guru coaching program. Free Time teaches people to move from friction to flow through smarter systems and the three-stage Free Time Framework. Jenny hosts two podcasts with over 1 million downloads combined: Free Time with Jenny Blake for heart-based business owners, and Pivot with Jenny Blake for navigating change. Jenny started her first blog, Life After College, in 2005. After two years as the first employee at a political polling start-up in Silicon Valley, followed by five years at Google in training and career development, Jenny moved to New York City in 2011 to launch her own business. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Mar 27, 2022

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/jenny-blake-on-how-to-love-your-work-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basic message Jenny Blake is sending to business people?
  • What do you think about her line of thinking and the way many people think?
  • What should we take away from this discussion, in your view?

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Description: As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 08, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/technology/intel-chip-shortage.html?

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the direct economic benefits due to investments in these plants?
  • What are the factors of production needed in order to set up these plants?
  • Given recent world changing political events, why does it matter where these global supply plants are located?
  • How should investors look at this development?

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Description: In his latest paper, Schweitzer and his co-authors introduce a framework to help people have more successful conversations by identifying and understanding the motives of each participant. The model is called the “conversational circumplex,” and it maps conversations along two key axes: informational and relational.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Mar 29, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-to-have-more-successful-conversations/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=3-30-2022&utm_content=How_to_Have_More_Successful_Conversations

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas related to understanding and using this model.
  • What do you think about this line of thinking?
  • How can individuals and management use this model in business settings?

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Description: The company has held hundreds of meetings with workers to discourage them from supporting a union in two upcoming elections.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 24, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/24/business/amazon-meetings-union-elections.html?

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the company against unionization efforts and what arguments are they presenting to employees, according to the report?
  • What do you think of this debate and what would you advise the firm and employees?

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Description: Google executives, facing a barrage of criticism from employees on issues related to compensation, defended the company’s competitiveness at a recent all-hands meeting while acknowledging that the performance review process could change.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 29, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/google-employees-bombard-execs-about-pay-at-recent-all-hands-meeting.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the perception of compensation amongst employees and what management is doing about it?
  • Do you think employees are justified?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description: Howard Levitt and Tara Seosankar: Employees beware — unmasking is not an absolute right in Canadian workplaces

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Mar 29, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/howard-levitt-employers-can-enforce-masking-policies-even-after-provincial-mandates-are-gone

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the workplace rules and regulations that will apply?
  • How should management deal with these rules and employees who might not be willing to comply with company policies?

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Description: Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of the world’s biggest asset manager BlackRock, said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the world order that had been in place since the end of the Cold War.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Mar 24, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/blackrocks-larry-fink-who-oversees-10-trillion-says-russia-ukraine-war-is-ending-globalization.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you agree with the Larry Fink’s assessment of the state of globalization? Explain your thinking.
  • What would this mean for international business and investment going forward?

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Description: When the British supermarket chain Tesco Plc first started ­collecting plastic bags and wrappers from customers to be recycled in March 2021, Caroline Ragueneau was thrilled. She was working as a retail assistant at a Tesco store in southwest England when the first white deposit boxes appeared, promising to turn what’s typically discarded back into something useful. Plastic is a notorious source of pollution: unsightly on land, deadly to marine wildlife. Ragueneau, 56, an enthusiastic environmentalist, proudly told friends about the initiative.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Mar 29, 2022

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2022-tesco-recycle-plastic-waste-pledge-falls-short/?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the problems related to recycling and the efforts to deal with them?
  • What would you advise retailers, manufacturers and consumers to do?

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Description: One of the ways that platforms such as Uber and Lyft ensure good customer service is by allowing riders to rate drivers on an app. If drivers want to keep working, they’ve got to keep those ratings up. But anyone who has been in a service job knows that customers can be difficult and sometimes even dangerous. So, how can workers in the gig economy exert any kind of control over their jobs when they’re at the mercy of digital bosses

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Mar 23, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/dealing-difficult-customers-gig-workers-push-back/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=3-23-2022&utm_content=Dealing_with_Difficult_Customers?_How_Gig_Workers_Push_Back

Questions for discussion:

  • How do gig workers deal with ratings and difficult customers, according to the research?
  • What are the managerial implications for the workers and the firms they work for?
  • What would you advise players in this eco-system do in order to optimize relationships?

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Description: Don’t believe the old saw that a founder can’t be a growth CEO–but do shift your focus from products to people.

Source: INC.com

Date: Mar 23, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202203/eren-bali/carbon-health-udemy-growth-leadership-advice.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the leadership thinking changing, according to the article?
  • How does this help marketers promote the company and brand to customers and investors?