CEO of Deciem cosmetics brand ousted at request of Estée Lauder

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Description: Brandon Truaxe is out after turbulent week, which included shuttering all the company’s stores Source: CBC.ca Date: Oct.12, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/decium-ceo-removed-abnormal-beauty-company-1.4860687 Questions for discussion: What is the current situation? How did the organization arrived at this managerial breakdown? What should the firm have done to prevent these events? Do you think the brand has… Read more »

The Warcraft Method: Why Google’s DeepMind Is Training AI In Virtual Worlds

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Description: DeepMind has struck a critical new partnership with Unity Technologies, the game-development platform used by half the world’s mobile games, including Temple Run and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and it’s one that could also help its nascent business. Source: Forbes.com Date: Oct 10, 2018 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/10/the-world-of-warcraft-method-why-googles-deepmind-is-training-ai-in-virtual-worlds/#5d2f39bcd170 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the direction AI is… Read more »

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

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Description: The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 03, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the problems and risks facing management and how they are dealing with them?… Read more »

The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

What Are Snapchat and Twitter Doing to Stand Out?

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Description: Snapchat and Twitter are very different properties, but they have one thing in common: Both remain in the shadow of Facebook and Instagram. Even though they have far fewer users, solid ad opportunities on each platform are available, and both are managing to produce revenue gains despite their challenges. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 04,… Read more »

Missing: Women C.E.O.s

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Description: When Indra Nooyi steps down on Wednesday as chief executive of PepsiCo after a successful 12 years at the helm, there will be one less woman running a major American company. Her successor, Ramon Laguarta, is man. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 28, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/us/missing-women-ceos.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: According to the article, why are… Read more »

Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

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Description: As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, with a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the fallout is increasingly manifesting itself at construction sites, factories, warehouses, offices and other workplaces. A stunning 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug… Read more »

Amazon Unveils New Devices to Power Smart Home With Your Voice

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Description: Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for almost every room in the house — from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-21/amazon-s-alexa-leads-competitors-in-connected-home-tech-feinseth-says-video Questions for… Read more »

Want to change the world? Here are five steps to take

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Description: Case Foundation CEO Jean Case’s new book profiles leaders who have used their desire to solve a problem to drown out their fear of risk or failure. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90239282/want-to-change-the-world-here-are-five-steps-to-take?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018 Questions for discussion: What are the key messages about leadership for managers to take-away? Do you agree with this… Read more »

Union defends video identifying ‘scabs’ at D-J Composites after workers report threats

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Description: Video posted on Facebook, Twitter by Unifor Canada draws critical reaction Source: CBC.ca – video report Date: Sep 09, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/unifor-defends-video-identifying-scabs-at-dj-composites-1.4816496 Questions for discussion: Do you think posting this video is acceptable union activity to counterbalance the work being done by scabs? What are the ethical issues involved? Do you think this publicity… Read more »