Dias says he’d shut down every GM plant to save Oshawa jobs

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Description: The head of the union representing General Motors Co. workers in Oshawa, Ont. says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to save jobs amid the U.S. automaker’s global reorganization – even if it means mass walkouts in U.S. and Canadian plants. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/dias-says-he-d-shut-down-every-gm-plant-to-save-oshawa-jobs-1.1174140 Questions… Read more »

Arrest of ousted Nissan Chairman Ghosn invites conspiracy theories, talk of ‘a coup,’ among auto executives

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Description: If all had gone according to plan, Carlos Ghosn would have been winging his way to Amsterdam on his corporate jet Wednesday night en route to a potentially critical meeting of senior members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — of which he has long served as CEO. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 30, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/arrest-of-ousted-nissan-chairman-ghosn-invites-conspiracy-theories.html Questions for… Read more »

Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost

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Description: No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way? Across Wall Street, men… Read more »

Big Tuna Finds a Scapegoat: Millennials

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Description: Why are we suddenly talking about canned tuna and millennials? The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that overall consumption of the packaged fish has declined by more than 40 percent in the United States over the last three decades, according to the Department of Agriculture. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/business/canned-tuna-millennials.html Questions… Read more »

This uncommon design shop is the anti-Amazon

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Description: After a three-year hiatus, the husband-wife duo behind Kiosk, the revered concept store, return with a new collection–just in time for the holidays. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90274173/kiosk-the-cult-status-design-store-is-back Questions for discussion: Is this really such a unique business model? Do you think it can find a large enough market in order… Read more »

Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Has 99 Pages of Business Ideas

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Description: She’s CEO of a billion-dollar brand, but she’s always looking to invent the next big thing. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 28, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322936?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose Sara Blakely has been so successful as an entrepreneur and manager? Why is it important to “know your limits”, according to Sara Blakely?

SPOS #646 – Healthier Networking With Karen Wickre

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Description: It’s a pretty amazing life. Karen Wickrehas been involved in the communications space for a very long time. She’s based in Silicon Valley, sits on many boards and has even been written about quite a few times (check out Chip Conley‘s latest book, Wisdom @ Work for more about her abilities to be an executive whisperer and EQ… Read more »

Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology

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Description:  Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England’s Hampshire countryside. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Nov 25, 2018 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/robots-field-farms-embracing-autonomous-124224230.html Questions for discussion: How is technology changing agriculture? How is offering a robotic service… Read more »

Wrongful dismissal payouts compensate strictly for economic loss for period of time

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Description: Cheeky employers may offer less-desirable working notice as negotiating tool to reduce severance package: Howard Levitt Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 20, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/executive/wrongful-dismissal-payouts-compensate-strictly-for-economic-loss-for-period-of-time Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how managers should handle dismissal of employees? What does the article say about managerial relations with employees during conflict periods related… Read more »

China Chopstick Debacle Puts Dolce & Gabbana’s Future at Stake

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Description: Dolce & Gabbana’s Chinese marketing scandal is fashion’s biggest faux pas since former Christian Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant in 2011, and it’s potentially far more costly. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-23/china-chopstick-debacle-puts-dolce-gabbana-s-future-at-stake Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing management. What are the lessons to be learned by managers of international… Read more »