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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #709 – Host: Mitch Joel. Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast (like this one), where he goes deep with some of the world’s biggest brains on how to optimize business and thinking. A lifelong student of leadership, he rose to roles as a professional quarterback and then went on to a VP of Sales. Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly for many large organizations, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates Leadership Circles that offers structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders. Most recently, he published the book, Welcome To Management – How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Feb 09, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-709-ryan-hawk-on-management-performance-and-leadership/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points Ryan Hawk directs towards managers.
  • What do you think about these ideas?

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Description: Ottawa-based tech company’s sales and profit top expectations

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 12, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shopify-profit-surprise-1.5460838

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial challenges facing the firm as it grows?
  • How does developing technology guide the expansion and decisions taken by management?

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Description: Tesla has a long way to go before it justifies its current stock price, New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran told CNBC on Thursday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/damodaran-tesla-needs-vw-like-sales-apple-like-margins-to-justify-stock.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain what Aswath Damodaran means when he says Tesla would need VW-like sales and Apple-like margins to justify its stock valuation.
  • Why is there so much hype about Tesla at this time?
  • What needs to happen for the Tesla story to come true?
  • Do you think it can happen?

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of Beth Hammack’s rise at the firm?
  • Do you think the firm is marketing itself by way of her promotion at the firm?
  • How has the brand changed as a result of her rise in management ranks?

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Description: Giants crush the competition or buy it — good for entrepreneurs looking to sell, but less so for those trying to build a company for the long term

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/inside-the-kill-zone-big-tech-makes-life-miserable-for-some-startups-but-others-embrace-its-power

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the fundamental concerns facing entrepreneurs, as explained in this report? Is there a solution?
  • Is this phenomenon inherently bad for business?

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Description: ..rather than exaggerating your skills with fluffy words and phrases, best-selling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch says you should be realistic and transparent about the experience you bring to the table. This means removing common words like “seasoned,” “accomplished” and “experienced” from your resume “right this minute,” she tells CNBC Make It.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 04, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/04/suzy-welch-3-words-every-recent-grad-should-remove-from-their-resume.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the advice offered and why do you think she thinks this is valid? Do you agree?
  • How should HR managers look at these claims when interviewing potential hires?

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Description: Several former tech workers are releasing non-fiction accounts about their experiences in Silicon Valley and one of them says it’s largely because tech companies have fed women a story that, itself, is fictional.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 02, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/01/uncanny-valley-anna-weiner-why-women-are-souring-on-silicon-valley.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the narrative presented and what is the reality, according to the report?
  • What does this mean for managers?

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Description: The man Justin Trudeau put in charge of repairing Canada’s ties with China acknowledged he has his work cut out for him.

Source: Bloomberg,com

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-05/-chill-is-real-trudeau-s-envoy-to-china-says-of-huawei-feud

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues in this conflict?
  • What conflict resolution strategies would you advise?
  • Can this conflict be resolved without the involvement of U.S. authorities?

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Description: Sunday was advertising’s biggest night. The Super Bowl included ads from a mix of longtime and new entrants, and notably featured political ads from President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Fox sold 30-second slots for as much as $5.6 million. Here are the Super Bowl commercials that aired. This list will be updated as companies release their official spots during the game:

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 02, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/02/watch-all-the-super-bowl-2020-commercials.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Review the ads and pick the one that you think was most successful. Explain why.
  • Which ads do you think were poorly designed? Explain why.

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Description: With technology and capital rapidly increasing the pace of innovation, Christensen’s thinking is more relevant today than ever. What do we know now about the power of disruption and where it’s taking us?

Source: SloanReview.mit.edu

Date: Feb 04, 2020

Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/an-interview-with-clayton-m-christensen/?utm_source=El1&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Chris0220

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the important lessons directed at managers, marketers and investors?
  • Which firms do you think are paying attention and which are not, in your opinion?