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Description: Interview: Laura Gassner Otting. Laura Gassner Otting founded the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, and has been involved in many nonprofit boards around the country. She writes and speaks frequently about the world of mission-driven work and getting “unstuck” in our lives. As she describes herself: “I help people discover how they align what they do with who they are, to achieve limitless potential.”

Source: LinkedIn.com

Date: Apr 22, 2019

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-think-best-antidote-rut-action-so-try-remind-myself-gretchen-rubin?trk=eml-email_feed_ecosystem_digest_01-recommended_articles-6-Unknown&midToken=AQH86xox7ZmKaQ&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=1vTvsFZ6nBMoI1

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the message Laura Gassner Otting has for managing career and life expectations.
  • What do you think of her ideas as they relate to career success and personal happiness?

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Description: Amazon disclosed on Friday that it spent $1.7 billion on video and music content in the first quarter, providing a new number that investors have previously been forced to predict.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/26/amazon-on-pace-to-spend-7-billion-on-video-and-music-content.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What competitive advantage does Amazon have in this marketplace?
  • What strategy would you suggest to management that would capitalize on the opportunities available to the firm?

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Description: It boils down to family, friends, fun, purposeful work and money — in that order.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Apr 22, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331932?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the keys to happiness and success, according to Richard Branson?
  • What do you think about his thinking?
  • Do you think most successful business leaders subscribe to these ideas?

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Description: A little over a year ago, an anonymous Reddit user named Deepfakes changed the internet.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 23, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90337767/deepfakes-started-a-war-on-whats-real-these-startups-are-racing-to-commercialize-it?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04232019

Questions for discussion:

  • How does this AI software development present opportunities for entrepreneurs?
  • What are the ethical and social issues related to the use of this software?

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Description: More than 72 million people in the US will listen to Pandora on a monthly basis in 2019, according to our latest forecast. That’s 35.4% of digital audio listeners in the country.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Apr 23, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/pandora-appeals-to-advertisers-with-co-listening-data?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • How are listening behaviors changing?
  • What does “co-listening factor” mean?
  • How should management of firms like Pandora strategize in order to grow market share?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #665 – Host: Mitch Joel. Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Cal is the author of six books, including the recently published bestseller, Digital Minimalism and (a personal favorite) Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Apr 07, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-665-cal-newport-on-digital-minimalism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Cal Newport have to say about technology and management?
  • Do you agree with his thinking?

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Description: From improving sexual harassment training to creating more collaborative work environments, this is how women are changing their businesses.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 16, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90332562/5-women-entrepreneurs-on-how-metoo-has-changed-their-companies?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=4&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04162019

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize how these businesses have responded to the movement?
  • What lessons should managers at any firm take away from these stories?

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Description: When Tiger Woods won The Masters on Sunday, it was an instant boon to everyone in business with him, directly or even indirectly, from sponsors like Nike and Monster Beverage to broadcaster CBS.

Source: YahooFinance.com – video report

Date: Apr 16, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/taylormade-golf-ceo-adidas-sale-gave-us-freedom-to-sign-tiger-woods-jason-day-203237110.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How much “stock value” should investors attribute to the “Tiger affect”?
  • Why was the split from Adidas good for TaylorMade?

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Description: The factory, which currently makes battery packs and electric motors for the Model 3, will eventually be the biggest building in the world–with the world’s largest rooftop solar array.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 15, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90334858/inside-teslas-100-renewable-design-for-the-gigafactory?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04162019

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Tesla designed for sustainability at the plant?
  • Do you think that by adopting these manufacturing designs Tesla is also contributing to their own car sales?

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Description: BYD, which built the battery in your ’90s cellphone, now produces more EVs than anyone—and it wants to sell them to you, soon.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Apr 16, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-04-16/the-world-s-biggest-electric-vehicle-company-looks-nothing-like-tesla?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the growth story and the reasons for the firm’s success.
  • What are the messages to management at competitors like Tesla?