Here’s How Tim Ferriss Prepares for a TED Talk

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Description: Those who know me well know that I am an unabashed devotee of the author, podcaster, and life-hacking guru Tim Ferriss. I’ve listened to too many of his podcasts to count, and applied many tips from them to my life. So when I heard he had a new book coming out, the 624-page Tribe of… Read more »

Vice Media Fires 3 Employees After Harassment Complaints

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Description: Vice Media fired three employees for behavior ranging from “verbal and sexual harassment to other behavior that is inconsistent with our policies, our values, and the way in which we believe colleagues should work together,” a company executive said in a memo to employees. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/business/media/vice-media-harassment-fires-three-employees.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=12&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for… Read more »

Forewarned is forearmed: Train all management to handle harassment issues

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Description: “One is never too old to yearn” goes the charming Italian proverb — as long as you keep such thoughts concealed. In today’s workplace, open unrequited love is a recipe for a rapid descent into unemployment. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/executive/careers/1128-biz-hl-levitt-wkpld Questions for discussion: Summarize the advice presented to companies and… Read more »

Opinion: Matt Lauer is a litmus test for every workplace

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Description: Executives and employees need to be on the same page about a company’s ethics and image Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/matt-lauer-is-a-litmus-test-for-every-workplace-2017-12-01 Questions for discussion: What does the report suggest to management and employees about setting policies on ethical behaviors? What other thoughts do you have on setting policies?

This $15 Ticket Buys What Tesla Fans Have Waited 20 Months For

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Description: Tesla Inc. has kept several hundred thousand would-be buyers waiting to see a car they started paying $1,000 deposits for 20 months ago. The chance to finally get up close to a Model 3 sedan can be had now for another $15. Source: Fortune.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/02/tesla-model-3-los-angeles-auto-show/ Questions for discussion: Why… Read more »

Air Transat failed passengers stuck on 2 flights at Ottawa airport, agency decides

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Description: The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has ruled Air Transat broke its agreement with passengers when it left them in two planes stranded on the tarmac of the Ottawa International Airport on July 31. Source: CBC.ca Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/air-transat-delay-decision-day-1.4426687 Questions for discussion: Summarize the attribution of blame set out in the report?… Read more »

Grieving Mother’s Firing Sparks Backlash Against Chinese Education Startup

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Description: VIPKid is the latest gig-economy company to be ensnared in the contractor-versus-employee debate. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 21, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/grieving-mother-s-firing-sparks-backlash-against-chinese-education-startup Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues that distinguish between a contractor versus an employee relationship with a firm? Should companies publicize how they treat contractors and employees differently?

Canadian companies should be more courageous about diversity, Deloitte report urges

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Description: MONTREAL — Canadian business leaders need to take “courageous” actions to make sure their companies are more diverse and inclusive in order to remain competitive amid demographic and technological changes in the workplace, according to a new report released Wednesday. Source: BNN.ca Date: Nov 22, 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/canadian-companies-should-be-more-courageous-about-diversity-deloitte-report-urges-1.922556 Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

A Positive Outlook for Canada’s Podcast Market

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Description: Podcasts have been around for a while, but only in recent years have they gotten attention from brands. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 20, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Positive-Outlook-Canadas-Podcast-Market/1016770?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does Corey Coates say about podcasting in Canada? Why do you think podcasting is growing in popularity in Canada? Create an outline of topics… Read more »

Listen In: Spotify’s Approach to Targeting and Personalization

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Description: In the latest episode of eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast, we welcome Spotify’s Danielle Lee for a conversation about personalization, targeting and people-based marketing. Source: eMarker.com Date: Nov 21, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Listen-In-Spotifys-Approach-Targeting-Personalization/1016773?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What is “people-based marketing”? How is Spotify management using this strategy? Do you think this approach should be employed… Read more »