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Description: The coronavirus pandemic is spurring on a growing number of restaurant chains to build restaurants with new bells and whistles focused on convenience and safety.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 04, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/restaurant-chains-are-unveiling-new-designs-inspired-by-the-pandemic.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How have these restaurant chains responded to the coronavirus pandemic?
  • Do you think these are good decisions?
  • What else would you advise the managers of these chains?
  • Should these measures be retained after the pandemic subsides?

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 Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and strategy expert Mark Satov discuss Walmart’s new membership service and how it will stack up against Amazon Prime.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Sep 04, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/crisis-management-walmart-not-aggressive-194154877.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about Walmart’s effort to launch a competing plan against Amazon Prime?
  • Do you agree with the analysis?
  • What would you recommend to Walmart in order to compete better against Amazon Prime?

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Description: Arianna Huffington says that a series of clear stages of working from home are being revealed, and they include a great deal of stress and require strategies for workers and leaders to overcome them.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Apr 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/09/heres-what-we-know-about-how-remote-work-changes-us.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how employees are adapting to working from home and the problems they face?
  • What can managers do to deal with some of these issues facing employees at home?

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Description: You’ve got to stay focused on a single market until you prove loyalty and expertise.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Apr 08, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/348002?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about focusing resources and building out from your niche?
  • Do you have any objections to the advice presented?
  • Do you think the advice applies more generally to any start-up?

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Description: (Reuters) – The managers at Green Circuits — a small Silicon Valley electronics factory — thought they would have to close when the San Francisco Bay Area directed non-essential businesses to shut almost three weeks ago.

Source: Reuters.com

Date: Apr 5, 2020

Link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-factory-staffing/how-one-silicon-valley-factory-keeps-running-in-the-age-of-coronavirus-idUSKBN21N0DG

Questions for discussion:

  • How did the firm adapt to the risks associated with Covid -19 in the work environment?
  • How did management structure work teams so as to mitigate the risks related to Covid – 19?
  • How should management deal with concerns that employees may have in the workspace?

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Description: The call display showed an Ottawa-area phone number. On the other end was an auto industry specialist at ?Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada with an urgent request: Can Autoliv make gowns for front line hospital workers fighting COVID-19 and whose supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is running dangerously low?

Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Apr 09, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/not-business-as-usual-how-canada-s-manufacturers-mobilized-to-help-fight-covid-19-1.1419773

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the flexibility of manufacturing management?
  • Should manufacturers consider more strategic flexibility in order to take advantage of opportunities when they arise?
  • Do you think the strategic thinking about domestic production of PPE has changed as a result of the covid – 19 pandemic?

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Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg has nearly 50 years of entertainment experience and a massive war chest. Neither of those things guarantee success for his new mobile video service.

Source: INC.com

Date: Apr 03, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/matt-haber/quibi-mobile-video-jeffrey-katzenberg-startup.html?utm_source=incthismorning

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the business model will work?
  • How would you improve chances for success?
  • Who will be the primary target audiences, in your opinion?
  • Do you think this business presents a good investment?

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Description: Tesla posted a video to its YouTube channel that shows Tesla engineers working on designing ventilators out of mainly Tesla Model 3 parts. It’s pretty amazing to see how many existing Tesla parts can be repurposed into assembling a ventilator.

Source: InsideEVS.com

Date: Apr 05, 2020

Link: https://insideevs.com/news/408057/tesla-making-ventilators-from-model-3-parts/

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the publicity from this article and video enhance the Tesla brand and public relations?
  • What does it say about Tesla management?
  • What does this article say about the flexibility of engineers to solve manufacturing problems?

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Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. — American workers are increasingly doing their jobs from home as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and the latest Gallup Panel data show that they are warming up to the experience.

Source: Gallup.com

Date: Apr 02, 2020

Link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/306695/workers-discovering-affinity-remote-work.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about the number of employees working at home during the coronavirus outbreak?
  • How do employees feel about returning to their offices?
  • Why do you suppose this is the case?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #716 – Host: Mitch Joel. My buddy Jeremy Gutsche was last on this show about five years ago. He’s back. Jeremy is a bestselling author, innovation expert, and one of the most sought-after keynote speakers on the planet. He’s also the CEO of Trend Hunter (the world’s number one trend website and innovation consultancy). His team specializes in filtering opportunity and making change happen during times of chaos and change (perfect timing these days). In total, his team is relied on by close to 700 brands, billionaires and CEOs to predict and create the future, including Google, Disney, Starbucks, Adidas, and he’s even helped NASA prototype the Journey to Mars. Jeremy recently published another book. Create The Future (which also includes a foreword from Malcolm Gladwell) looks at tactics for disruptive thinking. Then, if you flip the book over, his older book (Exploiting Chaos) has been revised and updated with the new title, The Innovation Handbook. So, two books in one! Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Mar 29, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-716-jeremy-gutsche-on-how-to-create-the-future/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Jeremy Gutsche have to say about innovation and how management handles the subject?
  • What do you think is the key take-away form this discussion?