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Description: Formula One drivers use virtual reality to simulate a race, Walmart (WMT) employees don the headsets to prepare for unruly customers, and Bank of America (BAC) workers practice sensitive financial conversations on the devices.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 20, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/why-accenture-is-giving-vr-headsets-to-thousands-of-new-hires-152631598.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons given for using this technology?
  • Do you think it makes sense?
  • Can you see any issues related to the use of these sorts of technologies in the workplace?

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Description: Organizations with a servant leadership approach are more trusted and tend to attract more long-term stakeholders.

Source: Entrepreneurship.com

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/384496

Questions for discussion:

  • What is meant by the term, servant leadership?
  • How does it compare to other leadership styles or ways of thinking?
  • Do you think it has practical application is business organizations?

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Description: Create more value for customers by arraying your strengths against your rivals’ weaknesses

Source: INC.com

Date: Oct 20, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/peter-cohan/3-business-strategy-lessons-from-jeopardy-champion-matt-amodio.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the strategy.
  • Do you think this has practical implications in business and management?

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Description: The ousting of Sebastien St-Louis as Hexo Corp.’s chief executive officer from the pot producer he founded nearly a decade ago came shortly after an investor sent a letter to the board of directors demanding his resignation due to his poor stewarding of the company’s finances.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Oct 20, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/how-an-investor-s-letter-led-to-the-sudden-departure-of-hexo-s-ceo-1.1667813

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the criticisms leveled at the CEO and by extension, the overall management of the firm.
  • What might explain the response by the board of directors and the quick exit by St-Louis?
  • Do you think this might be a growing phenomena whereby investor analysis has such a dramatic influence on management?

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Description: In the streaming wars, one company’s hit is another company’s failure. Netflix’s “Squid Game” is an exception.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 16, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/16/netflixs-squid-game-success-shines-light-on-international-discounts.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in the global marketplace of entertainment production?
  • Why is it so critical that the product appeal to an American audience?
  • What does this mean for marketing and financing of new production?

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Description: David Schonthal is a Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches courses in new venture creation, design thinking, business acquisition, healthcare entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and creativity. He also serves as the Faculty Director of Kellogg’s Zell Fellows Program, a selective venture accelerator program designed to help student entrepreneurs. Outside of Kellogg, David is a Senior Director of Business Design at IDEO, where he focuses on helping organizations build and launch new ventures, design new business models, and establish go-to-market strategies. David also serves as an Operating Partner at 7WireVentures, a healthcare technology-focused venture capital firm, and is a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group. He is also a Global Advisor at Design for Ventures, a Tokyo-based early-stage venture fund that invests in design-led Japanese startups. David is a co-founder of MATTER, a 25,000-square-foot innovation center in downtown Chicago focused on supporting healthcare entrepreneurship, and serves as a member of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot‘s technology, innovation and entrepreneurship council, ChicagoNext. More recently he co-authored the book, The Human Element – Overcoming the Resistance That Awaits New Ideas with Loran Nordgren. This is for anyone who wants to launch new ideas and innovation into the world and your work. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Oct 17, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/david-schonthal-on-innovation-and-new-ideas-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What can business people learn from David Schonthal?
  • Why do people say no to good ideas, in your opinion?

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Description: Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving won’t play for the team during the 2021-22 season as long as he remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, the team announced.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Oct 12, 2021

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nbas-nets-will-not-allow-star-kyrie-irving-to-play-this-season-until-he-is-vaccinated-11634053039?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial implications for this decision?
  • What impact do you think it will have on other businesses and employees dealing with the same issue of employees refusing to be vaccinated?

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Description: Following a whistleblower’s well-documented public accusations that Facebook prioritizes money over the public good, a Facebook executive went on the Sunday news shows to announce new controls meant to better protect teens using its platforms.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/367667/facebook-trumpets-plan-to-nudge-teens-to-stop-fi.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=123917&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ

Questions for discussion:

  • What is FB proposing as a solution to the recent criticism aimed at it?
  • Do you think this strategy is an appropriate managerial response?
  • What would you advise?

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Description: Amazon is giving its employees more flexibility to work from home even after its offices begin to reopen next year.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/11/amazon-to-let-managers-decide-how-often-employees-come-into-the-office.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the options available to individuals and teams working at Amazon.
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks to this sort of organization shift?
  • What do you think of the decision?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #796 – Host: Mitch Joel. Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading engineers, Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera has led an amazing career. Indira has been awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship, the Peter Lougheed award for leadership in public policy and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering. A former president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, Indira has honorary degrees from the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Montréal and the University of Western Ontario. She is also the first woman president ever at the University of Alberta. Indira is a member of the board of directors for Scotiabank and Magna International, and a member of the advisory board for Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year award. She serves on the boards of the Asia-Pacific Foundation and the Rideau Hall Foundation. Most recently, she has co-authored the book, Nerve – Lessons on Leadership From Two Women Who Went First with Martha Piper. This is a conversation about leadership, mentorship and the different routes to lead. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: Sixpixels.com – podcast

Date: Oct 10, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-796-indira-samarasekera-on-leadership-and-nerve/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key messages about leadership presented in this conversation.
  • What are your thoughts about some of these points?