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Description: With a brief explanation of why you absolutely should

Source: Medium.com

Date: Jan 28, 2020

Link: https://medium.com/the-difference-engine-llc/before-the-brief-how-to-do-desk-research-3032fa305ed5

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas presented to managers in this article.
  • Using the suggestions, create a brief report about a firm or product of interest to your studies.

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Description: When it comes to improving teamwork, defining what improvement looks like is the first step. Improving teamwork is less about doing that literally than it is about establishing the outcome you’re trying to improve.

Source: Gallup.com – video report

Date: Jan 22, 2020

Link: https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/278225/how-to-improve-teamwork.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think of the suggestions made in this presentation?
  • How does the presentation compare to ideas presented in your academic studies?

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Description: In theory, solving problems with software development is easy — just find the best custom software development company to bring your ideas to life. But how do you actually find companies with talented developers? That’s where the problem lies. There are many factors to consider when choosing a software development company to work with, and here are four of the most common mistakes people make in the process.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 25, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/339625?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the suggestions presented in this article.
  • What criteria should managers use to evaluate a software development firm?

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Description: Hundreds of tech workers pack an auditorium for a recent networking event in Toronto. The evening’s host glides around the room on a hoverboard, equal parts game show host and tech bro.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Jan 27, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/01/27/799402801/canada-wins-u-s-loses-in-global-fight-for-high-tech-workers

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are Canadian technology firms having an easier time attracting people with highly valued skills from an international talent pool?
  • Why is Toronto particularly attractive to these people?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #707 – Host: Mitch Joel. Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Adviser to the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s largest marketing, communications and advertising network with 80,000 employees. Most recently, Rishad served as its Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategist, where he helped acquire and grow the business through brands like Sapient, Epsilon, Leo Burnett and so many others. Rishad’s key skill is getting people to see, think and feel differently about how to grow themselves, their teams and their company. He does this through distilling forty years of global learning and wisdom and communicating in a way that is provocative, pragmatic and inspirational. Most recently, Rishad (finally) published his first book, Restoring the Soul of Business – Staying Human in the Age of Data. If you have not followed his writing on his blog, Re-Inventing, you do not know what you’re missing. If you are trying to better understand brands, advertising, technology, and what trends will affect your business today (and tomorrow)? I consider Rishad one of the oracles. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 26, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-707-rishad-tobaccowala-on-restoring-the-soul-of-business/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what Rishad Tobaccowala has to say to managers.
  • What do you think about these ideas and advice?

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Description: It may not be apparent when you’re spending $70 on CBD foot cream, but hemp prices are plunging amid a “grossly oversupplied” market, according to the head of the industry’s first price provider.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Jan 26, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-26/hemp-prices-plunge-as-cbd-demand-falls-short-cannabis-weekly?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain price movements in this commodity.
  • How can the industry deal with the growth in supply?
  • Is there a marketing solution?
  • How should investors deal with the current environment?

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Description: $TSLAQ is an informal collection of obsessives pushing back against the cult of Elon.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-01-22/the-tesla-tslaq-skeptics-who-bet-against-elon-musk?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the criticisms of Tesla management operations and Elon Musk in particular, as reported in the article.
  • How much influence to you think Randeep Hothi has on management, customers and investors?

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Description: ZipRecruiter’s CEO says these three things will get your resume thrown out before you get in the door

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 22, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/23/how-to-write-your-resume-when-filling-out-online-job-applications.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key suggestions for job applicants?
  • Why do you think Ian Siegel is making these specific suggestions?

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Description: Unless you’re Jim Halpert and enjoy spending most of your time pranking Dwight, most of us want to become more efficient at work. Not only is this beneficial for your career, but it can also help maintain a healthy work-life balance. But how can you become more adept at work? Well, here are 25-time management strategies that you should implement.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/345092?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the suggestions presented in this article.
  • Which three items do you think are most important for managers? Why?

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Description: Needs a partner to cut costs and compete against China’s rail giant

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Jan 24, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/rail/bombardier-scrambles-to-craft-rail-merger-with-alstom-hitachi-sources-2

Questions for discussion:

  • From an operations management point of view, why does a merger make sense for Bombardier?
  • How important is scale of operations for these competitors?