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 »

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?

Tim Hortons parent sees Canadian growth as it works to fix franchisee relationship

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Description: The parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 25, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tim-hortons-parent-sees-canadian-growth-as-it-works-to-fix-franchisee-relationship-1.1157210 Questions for discussion: Explain the expansion plans at Tim Hortons?… Read more »

How Dara Khosrowshahi’s Iranian heritage shapes how he leads Uber

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Description: As CEO Dara Khosrowshahi remakes Uber with an eye toward an IPO, his Iranian childhood and heritage are essential to understanding how he leads. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Oct 23, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90245381/how-dara-khosrowshahi-iranian-heritage-shapes-how-he-leads-uber?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10232018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the entrepreneurial character and insight about Dara Khosrowshahi presented in the article. What is “bazaari entrepreneurialism” and how does… Read more »

Uber’s shot at replacing personal car ownership starts with Jump Bikes

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Description: E-bikes and scooters are a key part of the company’s pivot from ride-hailing giant to mobility platform–and integral to its future vision for cities. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Oct 23, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90254182/ubers-shot-at-replacing-personal-car-ownership-starts-with-jump-bikes Questions for discussion: How are the two business models good fits for each other? Which other businesses could share this space?

10 Healthy Habits for People Who Work Remotely

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Description: Stay focused and set boundaries. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Oct 22, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322119?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Which item to you think is most useful? What else would you add to this list of suggestions? Do you think these suggestions should be any different for people working at a normal office?

Why Sears bankruptcy will be bad for J.C. Penney

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Description: Struggling J.C. Penney (JCP) best brace for an avalanche that has been set in motion by the death of longtime foe Sears. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sears-bankruptcy-will-rock-j-c-penney-foundation-200803793.html Questions for discussion: Why did Sears fail? Why will the Sears bankruptcy be bad for J.C. Penney?

How Target will try to crush Amazon and Walmart in toys this holiday season

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Description:  The holiday season is approaching, and with it the holiday toy wars. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/target-will-try-crush-amazon-walmart-toys-holiday-season-160044412.html Questions for discussion: What is the strategy Target is using for this toy buying season? Are they targeting kids or their parents? Do you think they will succeed with this seasonal… Read more »

Las Vegas Becomes the Secret Weapon of Musicians in a Spotify World

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Description: Britney Spears is hitting Vegas one more time. And who can blame her? Source: Fortune.com Date: Oct 19, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/10/19/britney-spears-las-vegas-residency/ Questions for discussion: Why is the “Las Vegas strategy” working well for some artists? How else can they respond to the technology disruption taking place in the industry? How can lesser known artists… Read more »