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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #761 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are days when I am not feeling at all productive. I usually think to myself, “WWDCD?” Or… “What Would Dave Crenshaw Do?” That’s how much Dave has inspired me, since we both met in a mastermind that was formulated during the early days of the pandemic. What I didn’t know, when I first met Dave, is that he is more than an author, speaker, and famed online trainer, but he really does know how to help leaders master their productivity. If you don’t believe me, look no further than his courses on LinkedIn Learning. The sheer popularity and volume of his teachings are on display (over 35 different courses!). Dave’s courses on LinkedIn Learning – such as Time Management Fundamentals and Improving Your Focus – are consistently among the most popular in the world, and have received tens of millions of views. He has written five books that have been published in eight languages, the most recent/popular of which is The Myth of Multitasking, which just came out in a second edition. He is the founder and CEO of Invaluable Inc., a coaching and training corporation that promotes productive leadership on both the personal and organizational level. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 07, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-761-dave-crenshaw-on-how-to-master-your-productivity/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What are lessons about productivity that managers should take away from this discussion?
  • What is the item of greatest significance, in your opinion?

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Description: TORONTO — As Krystal Abotossaway navigated corporate Canada over the last decade, the Toronto woman with Anishinaabe Kwe heritage always paid always took care to be on time, to watch her drinking at after-work events and to be agreeable in meetings.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Feb 10, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/60-indigenous-workers-feel-emotionally-150858957.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key results of the survey.
  • How do you interpret the results?
  • What should management take away from this report?
  • What would you advise management and employees?

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Description: It doesn’t take long to damage your reputation. Just ask Facebook.

Source: INC.com

Date: Feb 08, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apple-is-worlds-most-admired-company-for-14th-year-in-a-row-facebook-isnt-even-on-list.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest contributes to a company’s admiration or its absence?
  • How does this information affect marketing?
  • How should investors weigh this information?

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Description: The start-up, which was at the center of a recent stock market frenzy, was valued at $6 billion in the new funding round.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 08, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/technology/reddit-raises-250-million.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What makes Reddit a special type of social media?
  • What is their revenue source?
  • What will they use the investment funds for?
  • Do you think Reddit is a good investment?

 

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Description: Two widely heralded journalists for The New York Times departed the paper Friday after unrelated episodes of their past behavior received sharp new scrutiny from other media outlets, readers and colleagues.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Feb 06, 2021

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/06/964618301/two-prominent-new-york-times-journalists-depart-over-past-behavior

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the story here from a human resource management point of view?
  • Was this handled well by management?
  • What are the lessons going forward for organizations and employees?

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Description: Bradley Gayton, General Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company, joins Yahoo Finance’s Kristin Myers to discuss the company’s plan to boost diversity efforts in 2021.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Feb 01, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/coca-cola-pens-letter-committing-194813112.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the plan at Coca-Cola?
  • What do you think about this targeted effort?
  • What else could the firm do to increase diversity?

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Description: Daymond John, entrepreneur and investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” says the key to owning any room is being confident.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 01, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/01/daymond-john-how-to-shift-the-power-in-any-room.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the suggestions Daymond John presents in this article?
  • What do think about his suggestions?
  • Do you think these skills can be learned?

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Description: Amazon makes billions because it is easy to use and others should copy its free shipping model and other conveniences

Source: NationalPost.com

Date: Feb 04, 2021

Link: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jesse-kline-amazon-made-jeff-bezos-billions-because-the-store-is-easy-to-use-others-should-copy-it

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key criticisms of Canadian retailers, as presented in the article.
  • Do you think this is fair criticism of management?
  • What are possible explanations for differences between online prices?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description: You open up the box. For whatever reason, you don’t like it.  So, you send it back…for free. No questions asked. The retailer pays for the shipping costs and already is losing money. Immediately the hourglass of profit turns. Each grain of sand, a few cents dropping from the original price of that air fryer.

Source: CNN.com – video report

Date: Jan 30, 2021

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/online-shopping-returns-liquidators/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What happens to returned merchandise that is bought online and what are the financial implications?
  • What responsibility does business have to avoid this marketing supply problem?
  • How can businesses change consumer attitude toward returning merchandise? Should they?

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Description: Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a once in a generation inventor that has fundamentally changed how humans buy stuff and interact with the internet.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Feb 03, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-is-stepping-down-heres-why-amazon-stock-isnt-crashing-230652383.html

Questions for discussion:

    • From a managerial point of view, explain why Amazon stock is basically unaffected by the news of Jeff Bezos’ decision to step down.
    • From a marketing point of view, where do you think Amazon is headed under Andy Jassy’s leadership?