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Description: To limit exposure to the coronavirus, many companies across the U.S. are urging, and some are mandating, that employees work from home.

Source: NPR.com – podcast

Date: Mar 15, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/815973389/virtual-happy-hour-anyone-working-from-home-but-keeping-connected

Questions for discussion:

  • How are firms responding to the needs of employees working from home?
  • What other ideas would you suggest to help maintain social connections from a distance?

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Description: With the world drowning in plastic, the need for recycling is more acute than ever. But the industry that handles all that waste is on the verge of collapse.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/5187780a-ab59-4647-bf11-134b18573b67?activePlaylistName=Fortune%20Magazine%20Features

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical, social, and operational problems facing managers in this industry?
  • What would you advise managers to do?

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Description: Take advantage of lower costs and seize market share.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Mar 16, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347565?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say businesses should do with Facebook at this time?
  • Develop an outline of a Facebook campaign for say Nike or one of the professional sports associations like the NBA.

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #714 – Host: Mitch Joel. My friend, Michael Bungay Stanier, is at the forefront of shaping how organizations around the world make being coach-like an essential leadership behavior and competency. His book, The Coaching Habit, has sold over 700,000 copies and has over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50. Michael was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and has been named a Global Coaching Guru since 2014. If you still don’t think that he’s all that smart, he was a Rhodes Scholar. Michael is the Founder of Box of Crayons and a hyper-compelling keynote speaker. He’s been on the show before, but is back to talk about his newly-published book, The Advice Trap – Be humble, stay curious and change the way you lead forever. It’s another sure-to-be bestseller. Enjoy the conversation….

Source: SixPixels.com podcast

Date: Mar 15, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-714-michael-bungay-stanier-on-humble-and-curious-leaders/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this podcast.
  • Do you agree with the points made by Michael Bungay Stanier?

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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: eMarketer.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 a brand that is viewed as a source of greater trust will benefit long after this crisis has passed?
  • What does this mean for managers?

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Description: Regeneron said it could produce ‘hundreds of thousands’ of does per month by the end of the summer if trials of its cocktail coronavirus treatment prove successful.

Source: TheStreet.com

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/regeneron-surges-after-identifying-coronavirus-antibodies

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the pharmaceutical effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus?
  • What are the benefits to the first company that develops and distributes a treatment?
  • How do you think the global experience with this virus outbreak will change our behaviors in the future?

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Description: If you’d rather take a risk and join a budding business than be bound to the rungs of the corporate ladder, startup life may be right for you. But when your potential employer hasn’t existed for more than a few years and may not even have a product, let alone profits, how can you tell if it’s a good place to work?

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Mar 10, 2020

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/vickyvalet/2020/03/10/meet-americas-best-startup-employers-2020/#542c11686f79

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the characteristics of the firms that make up this list?
  • What does it say about their employees and management?

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Description: Did following his daily habits and rituals put me on track to have $87 billion in my bank account?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Mar 11, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347349?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article tell you about the character of Warren Buffett?
  • How do you think these characteristics reflect on his managerial thinking and leadership?

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 Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #713 – Host: Mitch Joel. Innovation comes from solving hard business challenges. When it comes to thinking like that, there is no-one like Stephen Shapiro. This is the work that he does. Stephen cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them. Stephen spent 15 years at Accenture co-leading their business process reengineering practice and a thriving 20,000+ person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation. In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, Stephen left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor. Since then he has published four more books: Goal-Free Living, The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas, Personality Poker, and Best Practices are Stupid. His sixth (and latest) book, Invisible Solutions, just came out. As a Speaker Hall of Fame Member of the National Speakers Association, Stephen just finished serving a six-year term on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional designation, NSA’s highest earned designation. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. In this episode, we explore Stephen’s 25 lenses that reframe and help solve difficult business problems from his book, Invisible Solutions. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Mar 9, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-713-stephen-shapiro-on-solving-difficult-business-problems/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what Stephen Shapiro says about solving difficult business problems.
  • Do you agree with this approach?
  • What else would you suggest to managers?

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Description: Bombardier Inc. replaced the chief executive officer who orchestrated its breakup and appointed one of its former managers to lead a smaller company focused solely on business jets.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Mar 12, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/bombardier-replaces-ceo-in-new-era-focused-on-business-jets-1.1404406

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the demise of Bombardier and what management might have done differently – in hindsight.
  • What should management be focused on at this time?