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Description: Lyft Co-founder John Zimmer joins Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi, Myles Udland, and Julie Hyman to discuss how the ride sharing company is faring amid COVID-19.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/lyft-co-founder-food-delivery-153323158.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How well is Lyft managing during this time of covid?
  • What are the ways Lyft can generate revenues?
  • How does Lyft manage drivers’ availability?
  • How does the company performance compare to Uber?
  • Would you be a buyer of the company stock now?

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Description: The bike maker Peloton announced Tuesday morning a multiyear partnership with singer-songwriter Beyonce to produce exclusive content with her music for its streamed workout classes.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/10/beyonce-and-peloton-in-multiyear-content-deal.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the fit between these two brands.
  • Why has the stock done so well?
  • What further advice would you suggest to management of each brand?

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Description: Vogue’s September issue celebrated Black culture and contributors. But some employees say the magazine’s powerful editor fostered a workplace that sidelined women of color.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 24, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/24/business/media/anna-wintour-vogue-race.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the diversity issue at the firm and within the industry?
  • What would you advise players do to deal with the managerial issues related to diversity?
  • How important is leadership in this discussion?

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Description: Robotics and automation startups have seen a strong uptick in interest over the course of the pandemic. And it’s easy to see which companies have a newfound interest in automating their workforce amid a seemingly endless virus-driven shutdown. But Walmart, which has long promised to take an increasing focus on such technology, has reportedly pulled the plug on one of its highest-profile partnerships.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/TechCrunch.com

Date: Nov 02, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-reportedly-ends-contract-inventory-235318234.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about why Walmart backed away from this approach?
  • Do you think this situation says anything about future management thinking about AI versus human employment?

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Description: Source: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #745 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the things that I miss most during these Covid times, is my breakfast meetings. Danny Iny is one of the usual suspects that I meet up with. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Danny is a kind-hearted, gentle and generous soul. Many others know Danny as the founder of Mirasse. We first met when he was putting his book, Engagement from Scratch! in 2011. Slowly, over time, we became close friends. Now, many thought leaders and businesses are thinking about virtual meetings and learning (more and more). So many of the smartest people are building and launching online courses. That world has changed from shifty marketing practices to Masterclass. Still, to do it well, you need to spend time with Danny (and his business). Danny helps people build better courses online. Not those shoddy ones… Danny and his team are all about true quality. This is Danny’s passion. He is on a mission to support his very special global community of loyal and inspired entrepreneurs. Danny has also written the books, The Audience Revolution, Teach and Grow Rich, Leveraged Learning, and the recently published, Teach Your Gift. Thinking about building an online course? Starting your own business? How can you business create better services and experiences? Take a listen to this. Enjoy the conversation…

Date: Oct 18, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-745-danny-iny-on-teaching-your-gift/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Danny Iny say about the development of online learning and corporate communications?
  • How should managers think about employing in-person versus online training?

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Description: Companies with robot workers tend to have 15 per cent more human employees

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Nov 05, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/robot-workers-statscan-1.5786528

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about the relationship between the use of robots and human workers?
  • Explain the changes to the roles of managers and management employment?

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Description: The screen-time wars are over in many households, with parents having surrendered en masse. In a period when large numbers of parents and school kids are stuck at home with one another, this is one battle many parents choose to forego, at least for now.

Source: eMarketers.com

Date: Nov 04, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/increased-screen-time-children-teens-likely-here-stay?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say is happening to the personal use of electronic devices in households?
  • What does this mean for businesses?
  • How will this trend affect development of online products and services?
  • Which businesses are likely to thrive as a result?

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Description: Gallup’s workplace data suggest that the most likely cause of your brand problems is not related to marketing dollars.

Source: Gallup.org

Date: Nov 04, 2020

Link: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/323165/why-isn-brand-bigger-data-point-one-answer.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the Ed Boyle say is misunderstood by most businesses?
  • What should management focus on in order to improve their brand and profitability?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Tennis champion and Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams has some advice for the more than 30 million small business owners and entrepreneurs across the U.S. struggling to find their footing in the new normal: Don’t let fear take over. It’s a lesson she learned at the age of 19 while competing with sister Serena, then 17, at the 1999 U.S. Open. Williams only made it to the semi-finals—her sister went on to win the tournament.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Oct 26, 2020

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/maneetahuja/2020/10/26/venus-williams-advice-for-entrepreneurs-dont-let-fear-take-over-just-push-through-it/?sh=2edcb91476c8

Questions for discussion:

  • What advice does Venus Williams have for entrepreneurs?
  • How can managers direct this advice to employees in a company as well?

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Description: Working from home is overrated and everyone will be back in the office before you know it.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 29, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-29/brookfield-ceo-bets-work-from-home-won-t-last-when-cities-revive?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the future for office workplaces?
  • Do you agree with these assessments?
  • How should managers deal with the fast changing workplace conditions?