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Description: Character is about a lot more than ethics — and fostering a culture where it is valued equally alongside competence can result in better decisions and better outcomes.

Source: SloanReview.MIT.edu

Date: Oct 19, 2022

Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/make-leader-character-your-competitive-edge/

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the report distinguish between character and competence?
  • Briefly, explain the leader character model.
  • What do you think of this discussion?

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Description: “It is easy for me to imagine,” wrote Wendell Berry in his 2000 book, “Life Is a Miracle,” “that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.” I quote this a lot because so many of our social problems spring from a resistance to the glorious yet limited state of being human. And increasingly our work and workplaces are shaped by this same inclination.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 16, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/16/opinion/work-rest-sabbath.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about modern work and how to deal with it?
  • What do you think about these points?
  • Is there a solution?

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Description: The other week, I wrote about the hesitancy to return to office. The fair question to ask is: So… now what do we do about it now?

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 19, 2022

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/what-the-office-of-the-future-can-be/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the office of the future look like to you?
  • How should management and employees approach the discussions about their office?

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Description: More than 300,000 Canadians have already retired in 2022, Statistics Canada says

Source: CBC.ca – video report

Date: Oct 18, 2022

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/aging-workforce-labour-hiring-practices-1.6619256

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say is the reason for labour shortages?
  • How is Lee Valley Tools different in its hiring practices?
  • What else would you advise this firm do to deal with ongoing labour shortages?

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Description: The Anti-Defamation League is urging Adidas to sever ties with Ye, calling out his recent hateful comments in a letter to Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted and Chairman Thomas Rabe. The rapper and designer, formerly known as Kanye West, has in recent weeks made several degrading remarks about Jewish people and targeted his business partners with public threats. In September, he parted ways with retailer Gap, and earlier this month, Adidas said it was reviewing its relationship with Ye.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 20, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/20/anti-defamation-league-to-adidas-sever-ties-with-kanye-wests-yeezy.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Would severing ties with Ye likely affect Adidas sales?
  • How might it affect its brand and public image?
  • Do you think Adidas’ brand and public image would be affected if it did nothing after being called to public attention?
  • What would you advise management do?
  • How should investors view the stock, at this time?

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Description: Americans are moving on from COVID-19. Most public places, transit, and municipalities have gotten rid of mask mandates. Vaccine booster rates have plateaued, even with the introduction of a new “bivalent” shot targeting multiple variants, including Omicron.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 18, 2022

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/pfizer-ceo-2023-pivotal-year-as-covid-19-drug-sales-wane-195020896.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How is the company attempting to deal with expected decline in Covid vaccine sales?
  • Why would collaborations with other pharmas work well for Pfizer?
  • Would you be an investor is Pfizer today?

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Description: Columbia Business School Professor of Professional Practice and Faculty Director Bruce M. Usher joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss ESG investing, developing new ESG products, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the opportunities and challenges in the era of climate change.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 12, 2022

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/esg-investing-better-business-manager-160548866.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how ESG investing can make for better managers?
  • Do you agree with this analysis?

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Description: The Biden Labor Department released a proposal Tuesday that could pave the way for regulators and courts to reclassify gig workers as employees rather than independent contractors.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 11, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/11/uber-doordash-plunge-as-labor-dept-proposes-gig-worker-change.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the business implications for this change in status?
  • Overall, do you think this is a good thing for these businesses and their employees?
  • Are there better alternatives?

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Description: Understanding the difference between talent and skill can make all the difference for promotion decisions. And for starting a small business.

Source: INC.com

Date: Oct 07, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/promotion-hiring-skill.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the difference between skill and talent?
  • Do you agree with the analysis and recommendations made in the article?
  • Do you think this line of thinking applies to all work environments?

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Description: The departure of Hockey Canada CEO Scott Smith and the resignation of the sporting body’s entire board of directors are the latest signs of the deep problems within Canadian hockey.

Source: TheConversation.com

Date: Oct 12, 2022

Link:https://theconversation.com/hockey-canadas-problems-show-that-the-government-needs-to-regulate-sport-in-canada-192052

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the damage done and how management failed.
  • Do you think the organization can be resuscitated or is the brand beyond repair?
  • Should government get more involved and regulate this sport and perhaps other sports as well?
  • How could more government oversight affect operations?