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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #814 – Host: Mitch Joel. He is the Milton Steinbach Professor at the Yale School of Management, where he has taught for over thirty years. Barry Nalebuff is an expert on game theory, he has written extensively on its application to business strategy. His bestselling books include, Thinking Strategically, The Art of Strategy, and Mission in a Bottle. He advised the NBA in their negotiations with the Players Association and several firms in major M&A transactions. His latest book is called, Split The Pie – A Radical New Way To Negotiate. Barry has been teaching the Split the Pie method to MBAs and execu tives at Yale and online at Coursera. His Introduction to Negotiation course has over 350,000 enrolled students and a 4.9/5.0 rating. He is also a serial entrepreneur; his ventures include Honest Tea, Kombrewcha, and Real Made Foods. A graduate of MIT, a Rhodes Scholar, and a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, Barry earned his doctorate at Oxford University. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 13, 2022

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-814-barry-nalebuff-on-better-ways-to-negotiate/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key ideas presented by Barry Nalebuff?
  • How does this thinking compare to traditional arguments?
  • What do you think of his ideas and strategies?

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Description: Intact has ‘quietly’ become Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance and Brindamour, 51, is a company lifer

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Feb 17, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/financial-post-magazine/ceo-of-the-year/canadas-outstanding-ceo-of-the-year

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about Charles Brindamour’s management style and approach to growth?
  • How would you describe his philosophy towards management and social responsibility?

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Description: Today, their start-up Aurora Tights says it’s the country’s most inclusive hosiery brand, designing tights for hundreds of figure skaters, dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. That includes Team USA pairs skater Ashley Cain-Gribble, who is competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 17, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/17/aurora-tights-how-side-hustle-for-black-ice-skaters-got-to-olympics.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What niche is the company catering to?
  • How can the brand expand?
  • How would you use endorsements as a promotional strategy?

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Description: Measured by consumer prices, U.S. inflation is the highest in 40 years. Look at what Americans are actually getting for their money and the rate may be even higher, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Feb 17, 2022

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/americans-are-paying-more-for-worse-stuff-study-finds-1.1724841

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say is the state of consumer satisfaction and the reasons given?
  • What can businesses do about those reasons?

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Description: There are plenty of books that teach how to influence the behavior of others, but anyone who’s set a personal goal knows it’s a lot tougher to apply those lessons inward. Ayelet Fishbach, a behavioral science and marketing professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, has written a new book that can help. Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation, which was released in January, offers a framework for setting and attaining goals, working through roadblocks, and keeping the temptation to quit at bay.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu – podcast

Date: Feb 08, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/good-motivating-others/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_term=2-9-2022&utm_content=We’re_Good_at_Motivating_Others,_but_What_About_Ourselves?

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what Ayelet Fishbach says about motivation and the problems we encounter during projects.
  • What are the solutions presented?
  • What do you think about these ideas?

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Description: Like so many with a desk job, I’ve spent the pandemic working from home — or more specifically, the bed in a bedroom of our microscopic Brooklyn apartment, which also houses a 6-year-old, a cat named James Bond and a Roomba named DB5. When I have Zooms for work, I try to put on something that passes for business casual and make sure my hair doesn’t look like I’ve been spending my free time in the local wind tunnel. But strictly speaking, this effort may be unnecessary because many of the formalities of the white-collar workplace have eroded.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 07, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/07/opinion/culture/casual-workplace-remote-office.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas presented by Elizabeth Spiers.
  • Do you agree that the movement towards less rigid work environments benefits employers and handicaps employees?
  • Is there a middle ground?

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Description: Over the past few years, companies made it their mission to commit to diversifying their boards and fostering a more inclusive culture. But, with women holding just 24% of senior leadership positions globally, and white people making up almost 80% of the American workforce, there is still work to be done.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 11, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/11/the-difference-between-dei-and-anti-racism-at-work-according-to-twilios-chief-of-diversity.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say to mangers about DEI?
  • What are your thoughts about the statistics presented?

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Description: Canada-bound traffic on the Ambassador Bridge has been ground to a halt as people protesting vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions have closed access to the bridge.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Feb 09, 2022

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/here-s-how-key-the-ambassador-bridge-is-to-u-s-canada-trade-1.1720190

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the implications of supply disruptions, as discussed in the report?
  • How have managers responded to higher transportation costs?
  • Do you think these disruptions will promote more domestic production?

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Description: Peloton’s new CEO, Barry McCarthy, is telling remaining staff that he’s “here for the comeback story.”

​Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 09, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/09/read-the-email-that-pelotons-new-ceo-barry-mccarthy-sent-to-staff.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the positive and negative factors facing the new CEO?
  • What is his plan?
  • What would you advise?
  • Do you think the firm can “reset”?

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Description: Modern Monetary Theory, the buzziest economic idea in decades, got a pandemic tryout of sorts. Now inflation is testing its limits.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 07, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/business/economy/modern-monetary-theory-stephanie-kelton.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is MMT as you understand it?
  • How would you answer the questions posed in the article, “Did Congress ‘experiment’ with MMT, and does the run-up in inflation mean that MMT has ‘failed’?”