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Description: Dubin says the startup world has changed since he launched his men’s grooming brand 10 years ago. Here’s his advice for today’s founders.

Source: INC.com

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/michael-dubin-dollar-shave-club-lessons-ecommerce.html?utm_source=incthismorning

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does Michael Dubin no longer believe in the DTC model that made him a success?
  • What else does he have to say to managers about corporate responsibility?
  • How would you justify the valuation paid for Dollar Shave Club?

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Description: Shares of education tech company Coursera opened at $39 apiece in its market debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/coursera-ipo-cour-begins-trading-on-the-nyse.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the Coursera business model.
  • Who are the target customers?
  • What are the limits to growth?
  • How should HR managers approach this potential partner in training and education?
  • Do you think this company represents a good investment at this time?

 

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Description: Tech giant says ‘coming together’ is core to its culture in announcing U.S. investment

Source: WSJ.com – video report

Date: Mar 18, 2021

Link: https://www.wsj.com/video/how-tech-companies-are-revamping-the-remote-work-experience/2DD85CC9-636E-42C1-8EE4-AD62E0AE6256.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the analysis presented about workplace locations and remote work.
  • What do you think of these ideas and predictions for the future?
  • What should management take away from this presentation?

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Description: A brush with the brutal virus brought fear, gratitude, and clarity to these business owners.

Source: INC.com

Date: Mar 22, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/lindsay-blakely/entrepreneurs-sick-covid-leadership-lessons.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How did Covid affect some business people with respect to their managerial behavior and thinking?
  • Why do you think this is so?
  • Do you think these effects will be long lasting?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #767 – Host: Mitch Joel. The patron saint of management strategy and business thinking is Tom Peters. Full stop. When I think of Tom Peters, there is only one word that comes to mind: Legend. He is that. He is the “oracle of business” to me, personally (and for many others) when it comes to business, business book writing, public speaking, personal branding, and how to show up. If you want to know how much his work and thinking has impacted my life, you can click back about nine years to when I wrote a very public love letter to him (here it is: Dear Tom Peters). From the moment I first read The Project 50 – close to twenty years ago – to every book, program and article that he’s put out, I have been a fan. To say that I studied his public speaking style and adopted it for my own would not be a lie. A bio for Tom Peters? Where to begin? In 1982 he co-authored the seminal business book, In Search Of Excellence, which has been named one of the top three business books of the century by NPR. For my dollar, he’s changed almost everything I thought I knew about business through a series of books called, The Reinventing Work Series 50 List Books. In 2003, I devoured Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age, and it still sits within arm’s reach on my desk (one of the only books to do so). In 1987 he wrote the article, The Brand Called You, in Fast Company and it – literally – ushered in the era of individuals as brands (so, don’t believe those who think that they created the notion of a personal brand… it was Tom). His list of accolades and awards could fill a book. Now he is back with his (gasp!) last book, Excellence Now – Extreme Humanism. To mix things up, I invited Tom into Clubhouse (for his first time along with Shelley Dolley). Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Mar 21, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-767-tom-peters-on-excellence-now-live-from-clubhouse/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Tom Peters have to say to managers today?
  • How has his thinking evolved over the years?
  • What do you think about his contribution to managerial thinking?

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Description: Canadian Tire is the most reputable company in Canadian commerce, according to a report released today by Léger Marketing Inc. that offers a snapshot of how the pandemic has affected Canadians’ perceptions of certain companies and sectors.

​Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Mar 24, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/canadian-tire-ranked-most-reputable-company-in-commerce-during-year-of-upheaval

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the firm’s ranking?
  • Why do you suppose these were the results?
  • How much credit should be attributed to management of the firm, in your opinion?

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Description: Chinese net users have called for a boycott of Hennes & Mauritz AB because it won’t use cotton from Xinjiang, thrusting the world’s second-largest clothing retailer into the Asian nation’s human rights controversy.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Mar 24, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/h-m-blasted-on-chinese-social-media-for-pulling-xinjiang-cotton-1.1581583

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues involved in this report.
  • Did management handle things properly, in your opinion?
  • What should it do next?

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Description: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is getting lots of help both at home and abroad to get its COVID-19 jab out to the masses.
In the U.S., Merck (MRK) stepped up to begin the process this month, while in Europe, Sanofi (SNY) has offered to help fill and finish vials. And in India, J&J has already partnered with the world’s largest vaccine maker, the Serum Institute of India.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Mar 22, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/us-supports-indias-biological-e-adding-to-global-supply-of-covid-19-vaccines-160331441.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the global relationships between governments and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Is this structure a good or bad thing for vaccine production and distribution, in your opinion?

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Description: Sesame Street” is making every effort to ensure that the Muppets don’t offend anyone.
It’s all about diversity, inclusion and equity these days, isn’t it? They are the new buzzwords of corporate America, and no less so in our sprawling entertainment industries. “DEI” is the shorthand for these new concerns.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Mar 18, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/361424/already-diverse-and-inclusive-sesame-street-nam.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121793&hashid=59A_cfsaSwqvzn6fGNcXlg

​Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the opinions about diversity as expressed in this report.
  • How should management handle the issue with respect to content that was developed in the past and might not be considered appropriate today?

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Description: Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman and Akiko Fujita discuss how Coca-Cola’s ‘5by20’ program with Bea Perez, The Coca-Cola Company Chief Communications, Sustainability and Strategic Partnerships Officer.

Source: INC.com

Date: Mar 18, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/coca-cola-helped-6-million-165159837.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How is Coca-Cola helping women entrepreneurs?
  • What else would you advise the company do to stimulate entrepreneurial develop?