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Description: Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian joined me yesterday for a conversation with members of the Fortune CEO Initiative about programs to bring struggling young people into the work force. He began by referring to the “fallacy of full employment.”

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Oct 09, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/10/09/helping-young-people-into-the-workforce-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the efforts made to help unemployed youth, as discussed in this report.
  • What else can businesses do to help?

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Description: A recent award from Ontario’s human rights tribunal should have employers carefully reviewing their HR policies and emailing their employment lawyers.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct 09, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ontario-human-rights-tribunal-orders-employer-to-pay-120000-in-damages-to-worker-it-didnt-even-hire#comments-area

Questions for discussion:

  • What message does this article have for Ontario HR managers?
  • How should the hiring process be modified in order to mitigate the chances of legal actions against firms?

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Description: The world’s largest brewer is making a big push for China and other parts of Asia — but it could prove challenging for Anheuser-Busch InBev to topple local beers that have long dominated their home markets.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 06, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/07/budweiser-seeks-growth-in-china-vietnam-india-south-korea-beer-markets.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this strategy make sense for the company?
  • What are some of the challenges management is likely to face?
  • How else could the firm grow?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #691 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner‘s book, Collaborative Advantage – How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul’s antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in how to think about your brand and the future of business.

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 06, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-691-the-collaborative-advantage-with-paul-skinner/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights discussed in this podcast.
  • What should managers takeaway form the discussion specifically about the profit orientation?

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Description: Close to half of United’s roughly 12,500 pilots will retire over the next 10 years, the airline estimates, and it expects to need to hire 10,000 over that period to keep pace with growth. Boeinghas estimates that airlines will need 645,000 pilots from 2019 through 2038, with 212,000 in North America alone.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/united-airlines-ramps-up-recruitment-to-hire-10000-pilots-over-next-decade.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the challenges facing HR managers in the industry?
  • How should HR managers plan for the transition to newer and younger employees?
  • What role should educational institutions play?

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Description: Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to raise the minimum wage to $15. According to her newly-released “Empowering American Workers and Raising Wages” plan, the Democratic Massachusetts Senator noted that she wanted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour for all workers, including tipped workers and workers with disabilities.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/minimum-wage-warren-143549362.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the current status of minimum wage across the country?
  • What are the implications for employees and management if minimum wages rise as suggested?

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Description: Incoming CEO Enrique Lores and CFO Steve Fieler lay out a financial road map for the company’s fiscal year 2020

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hp-to-slash-7000-to-9000-jobs-over-three-years-as-part-of-major-restructuring-2019-10-03?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the restructuring plans detailed in the article.
  • What is driving these decisions?
  • Have investors responded positively?

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Description: Forever 21 Canada plans to begin liquidating its stores next week, pending court approval, and complete the process by November 30, according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/forever-21-canada-aims-to-start-liquidation-next-week-1.1326667

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons for the failure, according to the article?
  • What strategies could management have adopted that might have saved the brand?

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM products?

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped in Hawaii and production flourished.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/synbiotech-showed-the-real-future-of-silicon-valley-biology.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest is happening in this field?
  • What should businesses people and investors consider?
  • What sort of new products do you think are likely to be introduced in the near future?