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Description: Warren Buffett’s recent success from his massive Apple bet is spurring comparisons with the legend’s greatest investment of all time — Coca-Cola.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 03, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/for-warren-buffett-apple-is-his-new-cola-cola-as-the-investing-icon-reaps-100-billion-in-six-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you believe draws Warren Buffet to Apple?
  • What are the commonalities between Apple and Coca Cola?
  • What does this decision say to investors and marketers?

 

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Description: Silicon Valley’s tech giants are joining the rest of the business world in pulling their products and services from Russia. Companies like Apple (AAPL) have cut ties to the Russian market entirely to protest the invasion of Ukraine, while firms like YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) , Meta (FB), and Microsoft (MSFT) are limiting the availability of Russian propaganda networks like RT and Sputnik in Europe.

Source: Yahoo.finance.com – video report

Date: Mar 03, 2022

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-tech-companies-benefit-from-taking-on-russia-204734487.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about why these firms are joining the stand against continuing normal business with Russia?
  • What are the risks involved for consumer brands?
  • Do believe these strategies are correct?
  • What would you advise businesses do under these circumstances?

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Description: People from marginalized groups can increase their chances of getting career help when they explicitly mention their demographic identity in written requests for support, according to a new study from Wharton experts.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Feb 21, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/identity-matters-asking-career-help/

Questions for discussion:

  • What did the research reveal and what was the explanation presented?
  • What else might explain the results?
  • What does this mean for HR management and management in general?

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Description: Today, Larry Miller is the chairman of Nike’s Jordan Brand. He spent decades rising up the ranks at companies like Campbell Soup, Kraft Foods and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 26, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/26/nike-executive-larry-miller-second-chances-for-formerly-incarcerated.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the overall management issues involved in this story from the company’s and Larry Miller’s point of view?
  • How would you suggest the players involved deal with the story?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #815 – Host: Mitch Joel. At Stanford University’s world-renowned Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, aka “the d.school,” students and faculty, experts and seekers bring together diverse perspectives to tackle ambitious projects. In her new book, Creative Acts for Curious People, Sarah Stein Greenberg creates a provocative and highly visual companion that is a definitive resource for people who aim to draw on their curiosity and creativity in the face of uncertainty. Teeming with ideas about discovery, learning, and leading the way through unknown creative territory, Creative Acts for Curious People includes memorable stories and more than eighty innovative exercises. Sarah is the Executive Director of the Stanford d.school. She leads a community of designers, faculty, and other innovative thinkers who help people unlock their creative abilities and apply them to the world. Sarah speaks regularly at universities and global conferences on design, business, and education. She holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in history from Oberlin College. Sarah also serves as a trustee for the global conservation organization Rare. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 20, 2022

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-815-sarah-stein-greenberg-on-how-to-think-create-and-lead/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Sarah Stein Greenberg say about the power and utility of unleashing individual creativity?
  • What do you think of her strategic thinking?
  • Can you demonstrate this strategy by illustrating an example that you personally experienced?

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Description: We talk a lot about burnout around here — and for good reason. A whopping eighty-four per cent of Canadians say they’ve struggled with burnout at some point, and some are even calling it the new mid-life crisis. It appears clear we have a collective problem on our hands that needs addressing.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 22, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/burnout-isnt-just-about-work-anymore

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about burnout and strategies for coping with stress?
  • What do you think of these issues and recommended solutions?

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Description: Big moves are happening in the video game industry. Microsoft, the tech giant behind the Xbox console, announced plans in early 2022 to buy Activision Blizzard, the force behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft,” among other major titles. This $68.7 billion all-cash acquisition is expected to close in 2023. If approved by regulators and shareholders, it will be the largest tech deal in history.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 25, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/25/what-the-blockbuster-microsoft-and-sony-deals-mean-for-the-future-of-gaming.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in this report about the industry and Microsoft in particular?
  • Do you agree with the predictions made?
  • What should business decision makers in marketing and finance prepare for as the industry moves in the direction suggested in the report?

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Description: Etsy CEO Josh Silverman joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the company’s earnings, its reinvestment in the platform, raising fees, and attracting male users with NFL ads.

Source: Yahoo.finance.com – video report

Date: Feb 25, 2022

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/etsy-ceo-talks-earnings-raising-155135053.html?contentType=VIDEO

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Etsy’s stock value shoot up?
  • Why did it fall so dramatically over the past year?
  • What are the growth opportunities for the firm?
  • What would you advise the firm do strategically to increase brand awareness?

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Description: Thanks to an acquisition in the remote work space, Zoom’s breakout rooms will soon use algorithms to match employees

Source: INC.com

Date: Feb 18, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/kevin-j-ryan/zoom-breakout-rooms-twine-glimpse-acquisition.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the algorithm emulate reality?
  • Do you think this tool can enhance productivity of meetings?

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Description: Roma McCaig joined Clif Bar & Company last May as the senior vice president of impact and communications. In this newly created position, she oversees sustainability strategy, community initiatives, corporate brand, and employee communications. McCaig said the role is a chance for her to live her values at work; the privately held company is on a mission to lift up people and the planet through sustainable practices. Its business model is guided by five aspirations that shape all decisions.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edul

Date: Feb 14, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/one-firm-baked-purpose-business-model/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=2-16-2022&utm_content=How_One_Firm_Has_Baked_Purpose_into_Its_Business_Model

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas presented in this discussion.
  • Explain the aspirations model?
  • How important is it for driving success, in your opinion?