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Description: Few CEOs navigated the Great Recession as skillfully as David Cote. Now he’s offering hard-won advice for corporate leaders caught in the tumult of the coronavirus crisis.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Mar 27, 2020

Link: https://fortune.com/2020/03/27/honeywell-david-cote-great-recession-coronavirus-crisis/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key suggestions for management to take away from this article?
  • Do you think these suggestions apply equally to today’s situation?
  • What else would you advise managers in today’s environment?

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Description: OTTAWA — The federal government is shaking up the people in the top spots at the Canada Infrastructure Bank, including saying goodbye to the chief executive and installing a new board chair.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Apr 03, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-infrastructure-bank-chief-executive-pierre-lavallee-steps-down-1.1417195

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the implied reasons for replacing the current CEO with Michael Sabia?
  • What are the differences between managing the Canada Infrastructure Bank versus the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec?
  • Do you think Sabia is a good choice, given the bank’s mandate?

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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 29, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator?
  • Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world collaborated on the project?
  • What is the marketing and prestige value to a firm in producing an inexpensive ventilator for global sales?
  • Is there something ethically wrong with the “profit model” when it comes to health related products and services, in your opinion?

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Description: The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is attacking the health, financial welfare, social order and political stability of nations across the globe. At a time when millions are fighting to survive illness, financial hardship, political upheaval, and other existential threats, it is difficult to look beyond the moment. The scourge of COVID-19 will pass. When, at what cost, and what its lasting impact will be are open questions.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 24, 2020

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2020/03/24/covid-19-will-turbocharge-legal-industry-transformation/?fbclid=IwAR0-EJddxnWMDJ_nyO2zQ8eSwOFmbJH86D5n4fUts3A065nQyhcdTBYRXSM#5daf3a091195

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how business practices will change after Coronavirus passes?
  • Why will some business environments resist the move towards radical changes?
  • Do you agree with the assessments and predictions?

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Description: As inclusion strategist Vernã Myers says, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” But what if it’s a virtual dance party, where you’re unsure who to invite, how to send the invitations, who can DJ or what online platform would work the best? That is the situation many of us are finding ourselves in these days. We are in uncharted waters trying to float without knowing how to use the life vests.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Mar 27, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/348209

Questions for discussion:

  • What are some of the key ideas presented in this article?
  • How should HR managers deal with this advice, in your opinion?

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Description: In its simplest form, a job interview is an attempt to impress someone at the other end of the table. Your résumé and qualifications got your foot in the door, but the in-person interview is where potential hires most often succeed or flounder.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 13, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/smarter-living/how-to-answer-common-difficult-interview-questions.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the lessons HR managers should take away from this article?
  • How can this article help individuals prepare for interviews?

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Description: Pacific Gas & Electric and California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a deal Friday for the nation’s largest utility to emerge from bankruptcy triggered by massive liabilities from wildfires.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 20, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/pge-reaches-bankruptcy-deal-with-california-governor.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the implications for Californians going forward?
  • How will management decisions be affected as a result of the deal?
  • What could previous management have done better to restructure operations and safety?

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Description: A measure of Canadian small business confidence has cratered to the lowest level on record in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Wednesday that its gauge of sentiment is at depths not seen during even past recessions.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Mar 27, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/50-of-small-business-planning-layoffs-as-confidence-hits-new-low-1.1412019

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize how small business managers are dealing with coronavirus.
  • How is it affecting employees and employment?
  • How do you think the future will look after the health risks subside?

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Description: As the government continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 epidemic, US consumers and news organizations have rediscovered one of the things that made social media so valuable: Democratizing information about a fast-moving global story brings to light important narratives that official sources may miss, ignore or suppress.

Source: e-Marketer.com

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/why-tech-companies-can-regain-consumer-trust-as-coronavirus-crisis-continues?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the highlights presented in this report?
  • Do you agree that brands that are viewed as a source of greater trust will benefit after this crisis has passed?
  • What does this mean for managers, investors?

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Description: The coronavirus is more than a health menace. It’s a wealth destroyer that the global economy will have to live with for many months to come.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 25, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-28/the-world-catches-a-dangerous-virus-of-the-mind?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about what was known about the coronavirus a month ago and how people interpreted and dealt with it?
  • Why do you think people behaved as they did?