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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #743 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s hard to imagine a more recognized business thinker than Gary Hamel. He is, without question, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe, and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years, and is the director of the Management Lab. He has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review, and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent include: The Future of Management and What Matters Now. Gary has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker, and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum. If you’ve heard of concepts like “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” this is the the language and practice of management that Gary invented. HIs latest book is, Humanocracy – Creating Organizations As Amazing As The People Inside Them (along with co-author, Michele Zanini). Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 04, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-743-gary-hamel-on-creating-amazing-organizations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Gary Hamel say is likely to happen to organizations and work?
  • Do you agree with his assessment?
  • What is the problem with bureaucracy, according to Hamel?
  • How are mergers and acquisitions a solution to bureaucracies?

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Description: B&B Theatres, the sixth-largest cinema chain in the U.S., has been operating for nearly 100 years. Its owners now say it is months away from filing for bankruptcy protection.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/movie-theater-operator-bb-theatres-says-its-months-from-bankruptcy.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Are there any solutions to this situation?
  • What can management do to prolong operations until consumer behavior returns to something like it once was?
  • Do you think consumers will ever return to large crowded theatres or is this social behavior now a relic of the past?

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Description: Here’s a stunning stat: Women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate as men.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/02/919517914/enough-already-multiple-demands-causing-women-to-abandon-workforce

Questions for discussion:

  • What does article say about women leaving the workforce and their reasons?
  • Do you think this is a fair assessment of the situation?
  • What are the managerial consequences for employers who would tend to employ more women then men?
  • Are there possible ways for employers to mitigate the problem?

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Description: Technology has become a large part of our lives and with it Artificial Intelligence (AI) has intruded into our daily lives, so much so that with the help of it we have been able to create products that man normally makes.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357127

Questions for discussion:

  • How was AI used in the production of beer?
  • What do you think of the logic of this algorithm?
  • What other management decision do you think could be guided or made using AI?

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Description: While the novel coronavirus has been a boon for e-commerce giants like Amazon (AMZN), the pandemic has devastated America’s small businesses, particularly those with Black owners.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 01, 2020

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/small-businesses-survive-covid-laser-focused-enrichher-160905626.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Which small businesses are most affected by the virus?
  • What is the advice being offered to small businesses in the report?
  • What else would you suggest?

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Description: In the minds of the employees, the ten days become floating holidays

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/careers/howard-levitt-new-paid-sick-leave-benefit-will-see-employees-suddenly-feeling-sick-10-times-a-year

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the sick-days benefit from the employees’ and employers’ points of view?
  • How can employers mitigate abuse of the benefit?
  • Is there a better alternative to sick-days plans?

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Description: Tesla (TSLA) may not have much of a future in the world’s largest electric vehicle market, if one analyst’s predictions pan out. Morgan Stanley’s (MS) Adam Jonas says that CEO Elon Musk’s high-tech automotive company will likely see sales in China plummet to zero by 2030.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-will-have-zero-sales-in-china-by-2030-analyst-203938920.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the reason the report suggests that Tesla will be shut out of China by 2030?
  • Where do you think the future markets for Tesla are located?
  • How should Tesla prepare for the global marketplace?

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Description: Among the myriad steps needed to clean up construction, a cement made with heated clay stands out.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 01, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-10-01/lc3-clay-cuts-cement-industry-co2-emissions

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the cement production process and its contribution to CO2 pollution?
  • How can producers reduce their pollution from production and what is the incentive to do so?
  • How can governments encourage more effort to switch production methods?

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Description: On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres addressed allegations made by former employees that her long-running talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” had an internal culture of racism, fear, and intimidation as well as sexual harassment. The allegations gained national attention following a BuzzFeed article that reported on the show’s “toxic work culture” — and three of the show’s high-ranking producers were fired in the aftermath.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 23, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/23/3-toxic-workplace-warning-signs-to-look-out-for.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about identifying a toxic workplace?
  • How should management deal with complaints of a developing or worsening workplace environment?

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Description: OAKLAND, Calif. — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has settled a series of shareholder lawsuits over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agreeing to greater oversight by its board of directors in future cases of sexual misconduct and committing to spend $310 million over the next decade on corporate diversity programs.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/technology/google-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-settlement.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this decision mean in practical terms for management at Alphabet?
  • What lessons should be learned by managers at other firms?