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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 guide)..

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast report

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-646-healthier-networking-with-karen-wickre/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this interview.
  • What else would you suggest to managers hoping to build their networks?

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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 contract to farmers different from selling them equipment?
  • Why is it easier to sell a service contract?

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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

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/23/small-business-saturday-is-a-big-deal-to-independent-retailers.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you think this promotional strategy works so well?
  • How can small businesses build on the customer experience during this period and carry it forward into the rest of the year?

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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 brands?
  • How should the company handle the situation?

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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 in other sports? Explain why.
  • Even though Phil won, did Tiger lose?

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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 is succeeding in dealing with knock-off competeition in China?
  • How has the company managed to successfully position its brand at the high end of the market?

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Description: External and internal factors inhibit change

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/inertia-prevents-marketers-from-reevaluating-their-spend?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say?
  • How should managers deal with this issue?

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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 should managers take away from this discussion about leadership?

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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 blame?
  • What would you recommend to management going forward?
  • Is it time for government regulation?

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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 suggest to investors and rate payers?
  • How can management mitigate the damage done to the company reputation?