Google sister company wants a cut of Toronto’s property taxes for developing smart city

Posted by & filed under Communication, Conflict, Control, Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Ethics, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Operations Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Technology.

Description: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants a cut of Toronto’s revenue to build out its vision of a futuristic data-driven smart city. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 15, 2019 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/google-sister-company-wants-cut-torontos-property-taxes-developing-smart-city-164129521.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this thinking for the firms and for governments? Do you think firms should be pushing for… Read more »

Anheuser-Busch tries to make amends with corn farmers after Super Bowl ad

Posted by & filed under Communication, Control, Decision Making, Diversity, Environment, Ethics, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, New product, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams.

Description: New York (CNN)Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Bud Light, is looking to make amends with the National Corn Growers Association after the beer giant aired commercials with the slogan “brewed with no corn syrup” during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Feb 04, 2019 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/04/business/anheuser-busch-corn-super-bowl/index.html Questions for discussion: Why was… Read more »

A tale of two toymakers: Mattel soars, Hasbro sinks, but there’s more to the story

Posted by & filed under Change, Communication, Control, Decision Making, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, New product, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

Description: On Friday shares of Mattel continued to soar after a strong earnings beat on Thursday, while shares of rival Hasbro sank, the result of a poor earnings showing before the bell. But there is more going on than these stock moves show. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/a-tale-of-two-toy-makers-mattel-soars-hasbro-sinks.html Questions for discussion: Why did Mattel stock price… Read more »

Apple needs a new retail strategy

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Organizational Change, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

Description: New York (CNN Business)The Apple Store is at a crossroads. Its CEO is stepping down, and the iPhone, its most important product, is in a major slump. That’s bad news for Apple in the near-term — but a major opportunity for the Apple Store to take on an even bigger role for the company. Source:… Read more »

Podcast | How Much Trust Do Consumers Give Brands?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Ethics, Global Management, Individual Behavior, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy.

Description: In the latest episode of “Behind the Numbers,” we’re talking about consumer trust in brands and digging into data from a survey by data platform Jebbit. We’re joined in the studio by Jebbit co-founder Jonathan Lacoste to discuss which brands have succeeded in winning customer trust, which have failed, and why. Source: eMarketer.com –… Read more »

Early Facebook designer: “Sometimes you don’t know something’s wrong until it’s too late”

Posted by & filed under Communication, Conflict, Control, Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Leadership, Management, New product, Planning, Social Responsibility, Technology.

Description: Facebook acquired Maria Giudice’s design firm in 2013. Today, she’s an independent consultant and an advocate for “designing for unintended consequences.” Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90303374/early-facebook-designer-sometimes-you-dont-know-somethings-wrong-until-its-too-late?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02082019 Questions for discussion: What has changed online to make design so important to firms like Facebook? Why do you think Facebook acquired the firm, rather… Read more »

These incredible Canada Goose parkas were created by Inuit designers

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Diversity, Ethics, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, New product, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy.

Description: Inuit invented the first parkas. With its new collection, Canada Goose highlights the work of Inuit seamstresses keeping their heritage alive. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 07, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90302431/these-incredible-canada-goose-parkas-were-created-by-inuit-designers?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02072019 Questions for discussion: What are the social and economic benefits derived from this program for all parties involved? Do you think design is a critical… Read more »

This clothing factory cuts waste by machine-knitting sweaters on demand

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation/Creativity, Management, New product, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Technology.

Description: In Brooklyn, a company is trying automating knitting sweaters and making them to order instead of making thousands that then have to be trashed if no one buys them. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90300313/this-clothing-factory-cuts-waste-by-machine-knitting-sweaters-on-demand Questions for discussion: How does this technology improve productivity and customer service? Do you think this orientation… Read more »

SPOS #656 – Team Human With Douglas Rushkoff

Posted by & filed under Communication, Compensation & Benefits, Decision Making, Diversity, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Social Responsibility, Teams.

Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #656 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when I get to speak media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff. He is – without a doubt – one of the smartest humans beings on this earth that I get to call a friend. Douglas is… Read more »

Insulin has become so expensive that this diabetic is trying to make his own

Posted by & filed under Communication, Compensation & Benefits, Control, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Operations Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Technology.

Description: Insulin is a life-saving drug for diabetics. Since 2002, the price has more than tripled and some diabetics can’t afford it. People have died rationing their doses, and some are turning to other countries to buy it at a cheaper price. Now, there’s a team of biohackers called the Open Insulin Project in Oakland, California who are… Read more »