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Description: One in five Americans has a learning or thinking difference. Leaders should create a culture that welcomes them.

​Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90695782/its-time-we-include-neurodiverse-people-when-talking-dei

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the analysis presented in the report and advice for managers?
  • What do you think about this issue?

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Description: Employers should always build a culture where the employees matter, and not just by saying they matter.

Source: INC.com

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/jay-steinfeld/why-hybrid-workforces-wont-solve-great-resignation-for-startups.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report advise start-up companies and the reasons given?
  • Do you agree with this line of thinking?
  • How should start-ups deal with the current situation and attitudes towards workplace participation, in your opinion?

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Description: A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/technology/amazon-employee-leave-errors.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the reasons for this managerial mess.
  • What are the likely consequences for the firm and employees as a result of this publicity?
  • What more should management do about this, in your opinion?

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says labour shortages have been a big challenge for its convenience stores and suppliers, but the Quebec company believes the worst is behind it.

​Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/couche-tard-ceo-optimistic-worst-of-labour-shortages-is-behind-it-1.1686765

Questions for discussion:

  • How have labour shortages affected this firm?
  • How has the firm mitigated this problem?
  • What are other labour related alternatives, in the long-run?

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Description: An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

Source: NYTimes.com – video report

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/climate/leather-seats-cars-rainforest.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social responsibilities of players involved?
  • To what extent are consumers responsible for these decisions in Brazil?
  • How would you suggest the players deal with the issue?

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Description: Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/17/bill-gates-terrapower-builds-its-first-nuclear-reactor-in-a-coal-town.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the business implications for this new technology?
  • What sort of headwinds can the industry expect and how should they deal with them?
  • How should investors deal with this emerging technology?
  • How will it affect other energy producers and distributors?

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Description: College students are on social media pretty much every day but when it comes to their job search, more than a third said they don’t use social media at all, according to a survey from College Pulse.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 15, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/14/from-tiktok-to-instagram-how-students-use-social-media-to-find-jobs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key suggestions in the article about how to use social media for personal branding?
  • Create a description of how you would use social media to help you prepare for a job?
  • What are the drawbacks to using social media in this way?

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Description: Work life for many is in a mushy middle ground, and what’s at stake isn’t just who is getting talked over in meetings. It’s whether flexibility is sustainable, even with all the benefits it confers.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/business/return-to-office-hybrid-work.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What doe the article say is happening as employees begin returning to their offices?
  • How should management deal with the transition and facilitate adjustment back to what was once normal business practice?
  • What problems do you think HR will face as a result of the break from in-office work?

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Description: One of the best newsletters online is NextDraft. It is a a quick and entertaining look at the day’s most fascinating news curated and with commentary by Dave Pell (who has self-appointed himself as Managing Editor of the Internet). Dave has been writing about news, technology, and media since 1999. He’s been news obsessed since he was child. He has also been investing in and advising startups since the earliest days of the internet, and has written extensively on the role of technology in our lives. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He sits on the board of 826 Valencia and is a longtime advisor to the Center for Investigative Reporting. This is his first book: Please Scream Inside Your Heart – Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year that Wouldn’t End, and it’s a cathartic and humorous ride through the unnerving, maddening hellscape of the 2020 press cycle, reestablishing the line between “real” news and real life. “Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, for whom parts of this story were all too familiar, Pell puts the key stories of 2020 into context with pith and punch – highlighting turning points that widened America’s divisions, deepened our obsession with a media-driven civil war, and nearly knocked the country off its tracks. Pell also examines the role of technology in society—and how we somehow built the exact opposite of what we thought we were building. Why did the lies spread faster than the truth? How did our tech addiction contribute to the nightmare? Why do you feel a vibration in your pocket right now?” Enjoy the conversation…

​Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Nov 14, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/dave-pell-on-breaking-news-and-being-the-internets-managing-editor-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What lessons should managers take away from this discussion?
  • How should managers handle online communications, given the commentary in the podcast?

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Description: Rogers Communications Inc. named Tony Staffieri as its interim chief executive officer, giving Chairman Edward Rogers the leadership change he’s craved but setting off a new round of fighting with his mother and sisters.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Nov 12, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-17/rogers-to-name-tony-staffieri-ceo-as-natale-is-pushed-out

​Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the fight for control taking place at the company?
  • How might this have affected the performance of the firm?
  • What would you advise management to settle the leadership issues?