You don’t need to have dug a mine to run one, female leaders say

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Description: Eira Thomas has discovered diamonds in the far north, co-founded mining companies and sat on a dozen boards — including Canada’s most valuable energy company. So the 49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the… Read more »

The Science Of Happiness, In Four Simple Work Habits

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Description: One happiness researcher believes we’re all capable of becoming happier in our jobs. It just takes a little bit of deliberate practice. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 18, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40554865/the-science-of-happiness-in-four-simple-work-habits?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04162018 Questions for discussion: What do you think of the advice presented in this article? How can management help nurture the advice presented in very… Read more »

Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon has 100 million Prime members in letter to shareholders

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Description: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter. In the letter, Bezos stressed the importance of having high standards in running a business. By setting high standards, companies are able to live up to “ever-rising customer expectations,” he said. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 19, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-2018-shareholder-letter.html Questions for discussion: What does Jeff Bezos… Read more »

Tim Hortons franchisee organizer has licence revoked amid public squabble

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Description: Head office and group of franchisees have been sparring over a number of issues Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 10, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-kuziora-1.4612559 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing Tim Hortons as an organization? How would you advise management to mitigate the dispute with franchisees? How would you advise management to mitigate the bad… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Closing Its Stores — But Who Will Take the Space?

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Description: The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 16, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/16/toys-r-us-vacant-storefronts/ Questions for discussion: Why did the company fail? What could management… Read more »

WestJet chief Gregg Saretsky retires, effective immediately, replaced by Ed Sims

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Description: WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s announcement of a new chief executive, effective Thursday, marks an abrupt end to an eight-year run for outgoing CEO Gregg Saretsky. Source: Globe.ca Date: Mar 08, 2018 Link: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/westjet-ceo-gregg-saretsky-retires-effective-immediately/article38247007/ Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose leadership changes so abruptly so often at WestJet? Do you think this change at the… Read more »

The Challenges Publishers Face in Monetizing Digital Content

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Description: Publishers are increasing efforts to create subscription models that boost the bottom line Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 13, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/the-challenges-publishers-face-in-monetizing-digital-content?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the challenges facing the publishing industry? How are managers attempting to deal with the situation?

Best Buy says goodbye to mobile phone stores

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Description: NEW YORK— Best Buy (BBY) is shuttering all 250 of its small-format mobile phone stores in the U.S., saying the locations have become less profitable. Source: CBS.com – video report Date: Mar 01, 2018 Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/best-buy-says-goodbye-to-mobile-phone-stores/ Questions for discussion: Why is management taking this action? How have consumer buying behaviors changed since these stores… Read more »

Bit by Bit, Whole Foods Gets an Amazon Touch

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Description:  Some signs are subtle, like the “Whole Foods + Amazon” one near the bananas. Others are more obvious, like the kiosk with Amazon devices for sale. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 1, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/technology/bit-by-bit-whole-foods-gets-an-amazon-touch.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: How has the transition strategy unfolded thus far? Do you think the firms are going about the… Read more »

Amazon now delivers Whole Foods groceries in a few select cities

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Description: Two-hour delivery will be free and a one hour option costs $7.99 on orders of $35 or more. Amazon now delivers Whole Foods groceries in a few select cities from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 08, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/08/amazon-now-delivers-whole-foods-groceries-in-a-few-select-cities.html Questions for discussion: How is management capitalizing on the synergies of these… Read more »