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Description: While more employers truly care about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), it is just a box to tick for many others

​Source: INC.com

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/new-report-how-companies-are-faking-their-dei-strategy-making-it-worse-for-workers.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the research presented.
  • Do you agree with the analysis and explanations for the results presented?
  • What does this report say about the status of DEI to management and employees?
  • What would you advise employers and employees?

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Description: Bob Iger is back. Disney, in a shocking late Sunday announcement, said it had reappointed Iger as chief executive, effective immediately, after Iger’s hand-picked successor as CEO, Bob Chapek, came under fire for his management of the entertainment giant.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/21/bob-iger-named-disney-ceo-effective-immediately.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this story say about the managerial roles of the board of directors and the CEO?
  • Do you believe Bob Iger bears some responsibility for the selection of Bob Chapek?
  • How should the board and CEO now go about selecting the next CEO, given the two-year window available?

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Description: The hero’s return should be viewed as a failure in leadership when it comes to the essential task of picking a worthy successor.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-11-22/disney-s-ceo-boomerang-reveals-bob-iger-s-biggest-failing?srnd=premium-canada&leadSource=uverify%20wall

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the evaluation of Bob Iger’s leadership in this opinion piece.
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Hiring problems have forced some to embrace automation, but business investment faces headwinds in a slowing economy

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 22, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/nobody-wants-that-job-some-businesses-are-turning-to-robots-to-solve-labour-shortage-woes

Questions for discussion:

  • What is driving investment towards greater mechanization, automation and robotics?
  • Has the model for business decision-making about the choice between employees versus machines changed?
  • Do you believe there are limits to the use of machines?

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Description: Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has not exactly taken off like a rocket.
After trying desperately to get out of the $44 billion purchase, he faced a court battle for reneging. So he went through with it, while complaining that he was “obviously overpaying.” Mass layoffs and mass resignations have left Twitter a shadow of its former self. And Musk’s decision to put blue checkmarks — Twitter’s confirmation of a user’s identity — up for purchase has scared away advertisers, who provide nearly all of the company’s revenue.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/11/21/1138064606/elon-musk-twitter-investors-fans

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about perceptions of Elon Musk and his handling of Twitter?
  • What do you think about his decisions?
  • Do you believe his actions at Twitter will have wider ramifications for other businesses he is tied to such as Tesla?

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Description: Bob Iger, less than 24 hours after returning to the helm of Disney, told employees Monday that the company would be undergoing a restructuring in coming weeks. One of the first steps, Iger announced, would be the departure of Kareem Daniel, the company’s head of media and entertainment, and right hand to now-departed CEO Bob Chapek.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/21/kareem-daniel-disney-head-of-media-and-chapeks-right-hand-is-out-following-igers-return.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has the organization been reset by Iger?
  • Do you think Iger’s changes and his reasons given make sense?
  • Why do you believe Disney was in financial trouble?
  • Do you believe the actions taken by Chapek were on track for success if given time?
  • What would you advise the firm do today?

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Description: Wharton’s Katherine Klein talks to Corey Rosen, founder of the National Center for Employee Ownership, about how employee ownership plans are structured and why they yield great financial benefits for companies and workers alike.

​Source: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Nov 11, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/why-employee-owned-companies-are-better-at-building-worker-wealth/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=11-16-2022&utm_content=Why_Employee-owned_Companies_Are_Better_at_Building_Worker_Wealth

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the research presented.
  • What is the explanation for these findings?
  • What does this mean for companies that do not have employee ownership plans?
  • Are there alternatives to ownership plans that can work as well, in your opinion?

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Description: A cooling economy, rising mortgage rates and mass layoffs have done little to dampen executive demand for expanded office presence and increased flexibility for office workers, a new report from Ernst and Young found.  The consulting firm on Wednesday released its second annual EY Future Workplace Index, which showed a growing appetite for hybrid work and an increase in both the use of flexible working options and the presence of a four-day workweek.

​Source: CNBC.com video report

Date: Nov 07, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/16/four-day-workweek-is-new-standard-for-40percent-of-companies-ey-study-finds.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the research found by EY.
  • Why do you you think these changes have come about?
  • What are the challenges for management and employees with these new hybrid work structures?

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Description: It also answers the age-old question: Why do so many managers fail at their jobs?

​Source: INC.com

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/why-have-employees-historically-quit-their-jobs-entire-reason-can-be-summed-up-in-1-sentence.html?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IncThisMorning-Nov%2016,%202022&leadId=261346&mkt_tok=NjEwLUxFRS04NzIAAAGIJIyXt0vCmwDXAJ3qmOsAbbdIGeXO1ebIZbUFXs4yo6hNqP2U-b4ZrTcj_gaqS7_vWZWOoM5qCD_8OvsSHzXmPFn-f_lQ2xYKM7by5w

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the reason provided by the research is valid?
  • What might be behind the statement?
  • Why would managers not follow this research insight and become better managers?
  • What does all of this say about people in a work environment?

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Description: CEO aims to pick up talent that Amazon, Facebook, Shopify and Twitter have let go

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/lightspeed-commerce-hiring-amid-tech-layoffs

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the arguments supporting this managerial move?
  • What are the risks?
  • Do you think management is doing the right thing?
  • Do you think this might give the firm competitive advantage?