These 4 myths about the skills gap will hold your company back

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Description:  “If companies really want to help employees gain new skills, there has to be a basic understanding of what learning is really all about.” Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 09, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261437/these-4-myths-about-the-skills-gap-will-hold-your-company-back?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=11092018 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about approaches to learning and training? Why do you think businesses approach training employees… Read more »

3 Key Strategies for Succeeding at Marketing on Mobile

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Description: Mobile devices are the next wave of marketing. By keeping a few critical issues in mind, you can enhance your brand and open up an important revenue channel. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 06, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322350?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Describe the key recommendation in this article. Create an example for a consumer products firm… Read more »

The 600-year-old history of the resume and its uncertain future

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Description: This is how everyone ended up using resumes to get a job, and whether they’ll ever die out. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 9, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261298/the-600-year-old-history-of-the-resume-and-its-uncertain-future Questions for discussion: What are the limitations to the traditional resume, according to the article? How can technology and AI, in particular, help HR managers deal with these… Read more »

8 concept cars that show how technology will dominate the drive of the future

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Description: Concept cars have been a staple of the automotive landscape for decades. Manufacturers use them to pique consumers’ interest, but also to showcase new technology and features they hope to unveil in later production cars. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 08, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/08/8-concept-cars-shaping-the-technology-dominated-drive-of-the-future.html Questions for discussion: What do these concept cars… Read more »

Canada Goose steps into footwear, as global expansion hits Vancouver

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Description: Canada Goose Holdings Inc. is slowly expanding beyond its parka roots, entering the footwear realm on Thursday with a $32.5 million acquisition that comes as it continues to grow its roster of flagship stores around the world. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/canada-goose-steps-into-footwear-as-global-expansion-hits-vancouver Questions for discussion: What does the Canada Goose brand… Read more »

Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment

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Description: Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/technology/google-walkout-sexual-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues that precipitated the action by employees. What does this action say about the changing culture in this company?… Read more »

Reduced holiday temp hiring is a sign Amazon is turning to more automation and robots: Citi

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Description: Amazon has reduced the number of temporary hires it needs this holiday shopping season as the company turns to more robots, Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC Friday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/02/citi-mark-may-amazon-relies-on-robots-less-temporary-holiday-hires.html Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest is happening to low-paying jobs like sorting and… Read more »

Now Is Not a Good Time to Skimp on Worker Training

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Description: With unemployment near a record low, many businesses have no choice but to spend to upgrade employee skills. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 26, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-26/now-is-not-a-good-time-to-skimp-on-worker-training?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about training in different countries around the world? How should managers interpret the suggestions in this article?

Here’s the Skinny: For Lean Production Processes to Work, a Company Needs to Be All In

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Description: For a company in Chesterfield, Mo., it involved something as seemingly simple as attaching a trash can to an employee’s chair. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 11, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/business/heres-the-skinny-for-lean-production-processes-to-work-a-company-needs-to-be-all-in.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Ffast-forward Questions for discussion: Summarize the main ideas that would be important to managers of firms interested in improving operations and efficiencies. Which idea for improvement… Read more »

The true cost of an iPhone over your lifetime: $300,000

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Description:  That’s how much you would make if you invested the money you spent on your smartphone from the age of 18 to 78 Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-true-cost-of-an-iphone-over-your-lifetime-300000-2018-11-01 Questions for discussion: Do you think consumers understand the “cost” of owning an iPhone in these terms? What is the value received from… Read more »