No, Robots Won’t Take All of Our Jobs

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Description: Some things will always require a human touch Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 29, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2ddbPBp Questions for Discussions: How will robotics change the work environment, according to this report? What does this trend mean for Human Resource Management?

Most Execs Worldwide Make Data-Driven Decisions

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Description: Executives also say their companies make strategic judgments Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 23, 2016 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Most-Execs-Worldwide-Make-Data-Driven-Decisions/1014547#sthash.SZjQo4gK.dpuf Questions for Discussions: What does the research in the report suggest about the way management makes decisions? Do you believe this is always a good thing?

Elon Musk to Tesla employees: NEVER discount a car

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Description: Elon Musk to Tesla employees: NEVER discount a car Source: CNN.com Date: Sep 30, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/30/technology/tesla-elon-musk-discount/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom Questions for Discussions: Why would Elon Musk want to prevent any discount incentives for buying Tesla cars? Why would sales people want to use these discounts?

How to Stand Out At Work

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Description: Advice from Clique Media Group CEO Katherine Power Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 22, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2cW0YrW Questions for Discussions: Summarize the advice presented to women in this report by Katherine Power. How might her suggestions possibly cause problems with coworkers or managers?

Startup grads ask an expert: How do you sell a product still in development?

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Description: Today, Lexi Kaplan of Lumos Energy Strips asks how to sell a product before it’s finished being developed. Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Sep 23, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/fp-startups/startup-grads-ask-an-expert-how-do-you-sell-a-product-still-in-development?__lsa=d414-9d2a Questions for Discussions: What are the problems related to trying to sell a product still in development? What are the recommendations provided by Reza Satchu?… Read more »

Forget Millennials, Aldo chain is seeking a foothold in emerging Gen Z market

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Description: Montreal-based Aldo Group became one of the world’s biggest footwear retailers by anticipating trends, so when it came to the emerging crop of young consumers, its executives didn’t want to assume they could rely on the tactics that sold shoes to earlier generations. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 19, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/forget-millennials-aldo-chain-is-seeking-a-foothold-in-emerging-gen-z-market Questions for Discussions:… Read more »

Productivity Tips from ClassPass CEO Payal Kadakia

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Description: Kadakia is number 32 on this year’s 40 Under 40 list. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 23, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2cX9mdR Questions for Discussions: What does CEO Payal Kadakia recommend? How does this level of simplification help structure her work?

Jumping on the bot bandwagon, Chatty McChatface developers aim to (Kik-)start real conversations

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Description: Sam:) began as a project to randomly connect strangers for text-based conversation. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 19, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/executive/smart-shift/jumping-on-the-bot-bandwagon-chatty-mcchatface-developers-aim-to-kik-start-real-conversations Questions for Discussions: What are the challenges for tech start-ups like Sam:)? How is the software different from other social media? Strategically, how would you try to grow the user base?