15 Minutes to ‘Mayhem’: How a Tweet Led to a Shortage at Popeyes

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Description: The “chicken sandwich wars” with Chick-fil-A captivated the internet and drove record sales. Then they became a logistical headache. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 29, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/business/popeyes-chicken-sandwich-shortage.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say what happened? Was this a “problem”? Do you think it was planned? What should the firm do about the… Read more »

Elon Musk and Jack Ma agree: This existential threat is getting overlooked, and it’s not those killer robots

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Description: There are almost 8 billion people on Earth and, if United Nations projections play out, that number is expected to balloon to 10 billion by 2057. That’s a lot… but maybe not enough, at least according to the two tech visionaries who tangled on stage for almost an hour at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in… Read more »

SPOS #685 – Roger Dooley On The Power of Friction

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #685 – Host: Mitch Joel. Simply put: Roger Dooley is a really nice human being. His latest book is Friction – The Untapped Force That Can Be Your Most Powerful Advantage. Prior to that he authored, Brainfluence – 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing  and The Persuasion Slide. He writes… Read more »

Who’s behind the smiling faces of some Airbnb hosts? Multimillion-dollar corporations

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Description: Personable biographies or even fake photos obscure the operations of big businesses Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 30, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/biggest-airbnb-hosts-canada-corporations-1.5116103 Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications for Airbnb if the brand becomes associated with “bigger-businesses”? Would Airbnb benefit if management created a visible category of rentals from “bigger-businesses”?

SPOS #668 – Todd Herman On The Alter Ego Effect

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #668 – Host: Mitch Joel. In short: Todd Herman is a fascinating human being. Over the years, he has helped thousands of people become more resilient, creative, confident and courageous. He has clocked over 15,000 hours in the field, working one-on-one with people from all backgrounds to help… Read more »

Apple is finally moving beyond the iPhone as the smartphone industry stalls out

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Description: Apple’s iPhone is an incredible moneymaking machine. In the first three months of 2019, Apple sold $31 billion worth of iPhones. At the same time, the iPhone is becoming less important to Apple’s total sales as the smartphone industry stalls globally. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/apple-earnings-show-company-moving-beyond-iphone.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Millennials Tried to Kill the American Mall, But Gen Z Might Save It

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Description: Gen Z keeps confounding Corporate America. They’ve shunned beer, they want companies to take political stands and they trust Kardashians to make their makeup choices. But perhaps the biggest surprise about this new cohort of teenagers is the most unexpected of all: They love the shopping mall. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-25/are-u-s-malls-dead-not-if-gen-z-keeps-shopping-the-way-they-do?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »

Judge rules that companies must hand over data on gender and pay by September

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Description: The ruling is a ‘major victory for equal pay,’ one lawyer says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/companies-must-hand-over-data-on-how-they-pay-men-vs-women-by-september-judge-says-2019-04-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Why is this decision important? What are the implications for management, unions, and individual employees?

How Social Media Users Have—and Have Not—Responded to Privacy Concerns

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Description: The Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelations changed the way people in the US think about online privacy. And it should come as no surprise that many have grown wary over the mishandling of personal information. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-social-media-users-have-and-have-not-responded-to-privacy-concerns?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this article. Do you… Read more »

The best ways to save and spend money in your 20s and 30s, according to financial historian Niall Ferguson

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Description: Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, says there are a few big things that every millennial should keep in mind when they start to earn and spend money. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/29/niall-ferguson-shares-financial-tips-for-successful-millennials.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize what does Niall Ferguson has… Read more »