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Description: To celebrate International Women’s Day, Lego is going old-school — all the way back to 1981. To help parents encourage their girls to keep building, it’s featuring a 40-year-old ad of a beaming redhead showing off her castle, headlined: “What it is is beautiful.”

Source: Media.Post.com

Date: Mar 08, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/361176/lego-barbie-betty-crocker-kind-celebrate-intern.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121662&hashid=xIhhTnG4Qdmubrqstxmgaw

Questions for discussion:

  • Are these efforts to celebrate Women’s Day effective, in your opinion?
  • What benefits can the firms gain as a result of these campaigns?

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Description: Without one, the other five won’t really shine through, researchers say.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 05, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-05/managers-with-high-performing-teams-foster-creativity-and-cohesion?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Which trait do you think is the most likely to be a problem?
  • How should management handle that problem?

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Description: New research suggests that when big companies increase wages, they drive up pay in the places where they operate — without a notable loss in jobs.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 05, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/business/economy/amazon-wage-effect.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about influences over wages?
  • What about job losses?
  • What should management take away from this article?

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Description: Many people forget that job interviews are a two-way street — and that, when done right, turns into an engaging conversation between the candidate and the interviewer.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Mar 03, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/03/interview-questions-i-wish-more-candidates-had-the-guts-to-ask-career-expert.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does asking these questions say about the candidate?
  • What do you think an interviewer would think about someone asking these questions?
  • Do you think there are risks asking any of these questions?

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Description: The ultimate impact of a year of social isolation on workplace relations remains to be seen

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Mar 05, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/careers/howard-levitt-after-a-grim-year-new-set-of-workplace-challenges-await-canadians-in-post-covid-era

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key workplace challenges cited in this article?
  • What can be done by managers to address those challenges?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #764 – Host: Mitch Joel. Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. A professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he studies how the conversations people have with themselves impact their health, performance, decisions and relationships. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2008, where he founded the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. Ethan’s new book is Chatter – The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It. The book explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his lab with real-world case studies — from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy — Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk — what he calls “chatter” — can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 28, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-764-ethan-kross-on-the-power-and-problem-of-self-talk/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas discussed in the podcast.
  • How do think this line of thinking can help people in business settings?

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Description: Etsy (ETSY) vendors sold nearly $750 million worth of masks in 2020, as a whole industry sprang up to address the emerging and then pervasive threat of COVID-19. The company’s latest numbers, though, have demonstrated how it has translated the hot demand for one product into customers sticking around for others. Analysts think it can hold on to that strategy to keep growing in 2021.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Mar 05, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/etsys-pandemic-cornerstone-was-masks-now-its-showing-it-can-move-on-212303285.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Etsy managed to grow by selling masks?
  • Why are investors excited by Etsy’s performance in 2020?

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Description: It is not the first boycott of a company or organization and it will not be the last. But an ongoing protest against Publix Super Markets— a multi-billion dollar grocery chain with 1,200 stores in southeastern U.S.—has an interesting plot twist that created international headlines.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Feb 22, 2021

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2021/02/22/heres-what-executives-need-to-know-before-responding-to-consumer-protests/?sh=666c0fe43c5e

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues involved in this story and how management dealt with the problem.
  • What is the advice presented to management in the article? Do you agree?

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Description: Film sets are up and running, offering a safe but costly blueprint for business owners to follow.

Source: Inc.com

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/return-office-tips-hollywood-covid-compliance-officer.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest to managers and employees?
  • Do you think other interventions should be considered by management?
  • How do you think the typical office environment will change as a result of the long absence of employees?

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Description: Facebook is restoring news to its platform in Australia, and has already reached a deal with one major media company, after the government agreed on Tuesday to last-minute changes to a media content payments code.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Feb 20, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360810/facebook-drops-australian-news-ban-negotiates-pay.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121520&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ

Questions for discussion:

  • What was the basis of the dispute with Facebook management?
  • What is the resolution that Facebook has agreed to?
  • Do you think there is a “winner” in this dispute?
  • How else can Facebook management deal with the issue?