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Description: Growing a startup business can be challenging on many fronts, from raising capital to developing technology, but there is one thing that is even more important to its long-term success: hiring the right people.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 22, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357851

Questions for discussion:

  • What does social intelligence mean to a firm, in your opinion?
  • How should HR use this concept?

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Description: Microsoft Corp., which in June announced a plan to double the number of Black managers and leaders at the company, released new annual diversity data today that show the company still struggling to meaningfully increase Black and Latino representation in its workforce.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 21, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-21/microsoft-shows-minimal-increases-in-ranks-of-black-latino-employees

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about diversity efforts at Microsoft?
  • How can the firm improve?

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Description: It takes a lot more than an impressive resume to land a job at Amazon.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 20, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/20/jeff-bezos-3-question-rule-for-hiring-new-amazon-employees.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think these questions and answers reveal about a candidate and the firm?
  • What other questions would you say are valuable questions to ask?
  • What sorts of answer would you consider exceptional?

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Description: Twentieth-century health care required patients to book an appointment — well in advance — and then meet their doctor in-person at the doctor’s office or hospital. The status quo worked well for physicians, who have many demands on their time. Patients generally received good care but, it now seems, probably not in the most efficient fashion.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct 22, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/opinion/opinion-covid-is-superspreading-efficient-and-convenient-health-care

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how health care funding drives the management of resources?
  • What are the lessons here?
  • What would you advise the industry do to improve efficiencies?

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Description: A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Ocy 20, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/technology/google-antitrust.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for the case against Google?
  • Do you think it merits legal action?
  • What are the business consequences for the firm and consumers if the action is successful?

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Description: The mighty Chipotle burrito — delivered straight to your house — continues to power the restaurant giant’s profits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 22, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/chipotle-burritos-not-bowls-are-all-the-rage-during-the-pandemic-cfo-172128826.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How well has Chipotle managed during the covid pandemic that has devastated many restaurants?
  • What marketing and management lessons should the firm carry forward with after the crisis passes?

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Description: Even as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the U.S., stay-at-home orders in some areas have loosened and companies have sent some workers back to offices with social distancing restrictions, temperature checks and plexiglass sneeze barriers.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 17, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/17/bringing-the-outside-into-the-office-covid-19-bolsters-green-design-.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has the work environment been affected by the coronavirus?
  • How will management and employee behavior change as a result, in your opinion?

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Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The coronavirus pandemic has affected U.S. workplaces like nothing else in modern history, including high unemployment, the shuttering of businesses, and the shift of many workers to off-site, remote work.

Source: Gallup.com

Date: Oct 13, 2020

Link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/321800/covid-remote-work-update.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about workers’ attitude toward office environments?
  • How should management respond to this research?

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Description: When I first read, Keith Ferrazzi‘s book, Never Eat Alone, something clicked. In a big way. Since then (putting aside the pandemic, which makes this activity near-impossible), I always book breakfast, lunch (and even coffee) meetings with different kinds of people. It has been one (of many) invaluable life (and work) tools that have simply worked for me. I had the pleasure of meeting Keith, in person, on many occasions over the years, and I consider myself lucky to have that opportunity. Keith Ferrazzi is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader. As Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and its Research Institute, he works to identify behaviors that block global organizations from reaching their goals, and to transform them by coaching new behaviors. Keith has introduced a new concept that he calls “co-elevation.” Formerly he was the CMO of Deloitte and Starwood Hotels. Along with Never eat Alone, he also wrote Who’s Got Your Back and the recently published, Leading Without Authority. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 11, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/keith-ferrazzi-on-leading-without-authority-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Keith Ferrazzi say about work, and business thinking?
  • Do you agree with his assessment?
  • What does he mean by the term “co-elevation”?

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Description: Union says about $1.5 billion will be invested in Windsor plant

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Oct 16, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/electiccars-fca-unifor-dias-windsor-automakers-1.5763004

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the deal mean for unionized labor in the Canadian auto industry?
  • Do you think this deal improves labor-management relations? Explain your answer.