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Description: As hybrid work transitions from a temporary pandemic-era band-aid to the normal way of working, many leaders are wondering how they build an inclusive hybrid culture. The pandemic laid bare existing inequalities at work — around caregiving, race and even age — and while there is an opportunity to “build back better,” the path to “better” is unclear, even for leaders committed to inclusive organizations. This is in large part because not all working arrangements work the same for all employees. A policy or “perk” that benefits some people and makes them feel included, can make others feel like they do not belong or cannot thrive.

Source: HBR.org

Date: Feb 03, 2022

Link: https://hbr.org/2022/02/3-tensions-leaders-need-to-manage-in-the-hybrid-workplace

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas and recommendations presented in this article.
  • What would you add to the discussion about hybrid work environments?

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Description: Podcaster Joe Rogan has apologized to Spotify, while also addressing the controversy around his podcast. Musicians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell recently boycotted the service for continuing to host “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which has been accused by medical professionals of spreading Covid misinformation. Both musicians have since pulled their music libraries from Spotify.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 31, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/31/joe-rogan-apologizes-to-spotify-and-musicians.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize management’s decision-making with this controversy.
  • Do you think they have made the right decisions?
  • What would you advise the firm and Rogan?
  • What message does this situation send to business people dealing with controversial topics?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #812 – Host: Mitch Joel. He’s best known for his book, The Coaching Habit, which has sold over a million copies and has thousands of 5-star reviews online. Michael Bungay Stanier helps people be a force for change. He founded Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. They’ve trained hundreds of thousands of managers to be more coach-like and their clients range from Microsoft to Gucci. He left Australia about 30 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University… where his only significant achievement was falling in love with a Canadian… which is why he now lives in Toronto, having spent time in London and Boston. Balancing out these moments of success, he was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident”… was sued by one of his law school professors for defamation… and his first published piece of writing was a Harlequin Romance-esque story involving a misdelivered letter… and called The Male Delivery. He’s also the author of, Do Great Work, The Advice Trap, and recently published, How To Begin – Start Doing Something Matters, which is a nine step process to help people find their Worthy Goal, commit, and cross the threshold to begin. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 30, 2022

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-812-michael-bungay-stanier-on-doing-something-that-matters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas presented by Michael Bungay Stanier.
  • How might business people make use of this line of thinking?

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Description: Canadian cannabis company HEXO Corp., which has seen its share price drop precipitously in recent months as it struggled with debt taken on to fund a series of acquisitions, is facing a potential proxy battle with a shareholder seeking to replace five directors.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 03, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/cannabis/cannabis-business/shareholder-calls-for-board-changes-at-hexo-after-share-price-sinks-below-a-dollar

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons presented for the proxy battle to replace the board of directors?
  • Do you believe their strategic decisions were bad and therefore, their replacement justified?
  • What would you advise the management and owners at this time?

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Description: Shares of Facebook parent Meta were hammered Thursday, falling 26% after the company revealed that privacy changes Apple made to its iOS platform last year have begun to sink their teeth into the social networking giant’s bottom line.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Feb 03, 2022

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-apple-app-tracking-transparency-works-162225922-220141435.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Meta shares fall in value so dramatically?
  • Do you think did this event affected other technology share values?
  • Do you think this is an opportunity for investors to buy or a harbinger of further trouble ahead?
  • What would you advise management at Meta?

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Description: For the past two years, media and entertainment companies have been dead-set on showing Wall Street that they have a strong streaming video strategy to counter traditional pay-TV declines.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 29, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/29/streaming-video-no-longer-impresses-investors-whats-next.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the main challenges facing the industry competitors?
  • What do you think of the recommendations?
  • What else would you advise?

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Description: Most managers dread giving feedback. Offering a blend of praise and criticism is supposed to help your team members do more of what they’re good at and improve in areas where they’ve missed the mark. But research shows it rarely works that way (see the Nano Tool, “The Annual Performance Review: Should You Eliminate It?”). In her book How to Change, Wharton professor Katy Milkman shares a different idea: work to build people’s confidence if you want them to achieve a goal. In Virgil’s words from around 20 BCE, “they can because they think they can.”

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Jan 24, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/giving-feedback-works-plant-seeds-confidence/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=1-26-2022&utm_content=Giving_Feedback_That_Works:_Plant_the_Seeds_of_Confidence

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas presented in this article.
  • What do you think of the practice?
  • Do you think the practice can have widespread application and success?

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Description: Unionization efforts involving some of the most recognizable names in business have dominated headlines across the United States in recent months. Starbucks workers in Buffalo and Amazon employees in Bessemer, Ala., and on Staten Island have recently moved to unionize, as have workers at an REI store in Manhattanlast week. Successful strikes at John Deere and Kellogg have drawn new attention to the state of the labor movement as well.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 25, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/01/25/business/unions-amazon-starbucks.html?

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest is the condition of the labor union movement?
  • What explains this situation, according to the article and in your opinion?
  • What does this mean for labor-management relations, in general at unionized and non-unionized organization?

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Description: Millions of U.S. workers are quitting their jobs in what some are calling the “Great Resignation.” Others, such as Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, see it as the “Great Reevaluation,” as workers seek increased flexibility.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 26, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/26/great-resignation-supports-more-hybrid-work-may-lead-to-holograms.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the arguments presented favoring a hybrid model of work?
  • What would this mean for management and HR?
  • Do you think this model is more viable than a strict in-office or no-office environment?

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Description: Toronto-Dominion Bank plans to hire more than 2,000 technology workers this year, more than six times the number added last year, pitting the lender against fintech firms in the war for talent.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Jan 26, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-finance/banking/td-plans-to-hire-2000-tech-workers-amid-the-battle-for-talent

Questions for discussion:

  • What sort of employment opportunities are emerging at TD?
  • Do you think it will be difficult to recruit employees?
  • How would you make TD a more attractive employer for these skilled and highly sought after technical experts?