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 »

SPOS #614 – Never Lose A Customer Again With Joey Coleman

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Description: There are so many books on how to generate leads, close the sale, negotiate the sale, market the products and services and on and on. How many books have you read (or seen) about how to not lose the customer once you get them? You might think that once you have a customer, that… Read more »

SPOS #613 – Tom Peters Is Back And Demands Excellence

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Description: There is only one Tom Peters. He’s a legend. Literally. For anyone in business, Tom Peters is the gold standard. From his countless bestsellers (In Search of Excellence, Re-Imagine, and on and on) to his incredible public presentations. Source: Sixpixels.mirumagency.com.com – podcast Date: Apr 08, 2018 Link: http://sixpixels.mirumagency.com/podcast/archives/spos-613—tom-peters-is-back-and-demands-excellence/ Questions for discussion: What did you learn about… Read more »

Zuckerberg Just Proved Once Again That Congress Doesn’t Understand The Internet

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Description:  Today’s jumbled Facebook hearing left little faith that Congress could ever draft a useful data-protection bill, much less agree on one. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 11, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40557799/zuckerberg-just-proved-once-again-that-congress-doesnt-understand-the-internet?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04122018 Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the opinions expressed in this article? What should government do, if anything?

SPOS #612 – Limitless Possibilities With Laura Gassner Otting

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Description: Laura helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get unstuck and achieve their best results. It’s not just your standard motivation stuff… far from it. Through her business, Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective… Read more »

Facebook Is Making Big Changes to Its Relationship With Data Brokers

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Description: Facebook is placing new limits on the data it shares with data brokers—companies like Acxiom and Oracle Data Cloud, which compile dossiers on consumers so as to make it easier for advertisers to target them with appropriate pitches. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/29/facebook-data-brokers-changes/ Questions for discussion: What are the changes taking… 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 »

BlackRock says it’s time to take action on guns, may use voting power to influence

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Description: The world’s largest money manager is breaking its silence on the nation’s current gun debate. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 02, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/02/blackrock-says-its-time-to-take-action-on-guns-may-use-voting-power-to-influence.html Questions for discussion: What is the significance of this decision by BlackRock? How do you think it will impact investor’s decisions?

Putting Green in the Tea Party, She Crusades for Clean Power

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Description: LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Debbie Dooley’s conservative profile seems impeccable. The gun-owning daughter of a Baptist preacher, she was an early organizer for the Tea Party movement. She voted for President Trump and still supports him. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 28, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/business/energy-environment/debbie-dooley-energy.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize the business and economic details presented in… Read more »

SPOS #606 – Become A Superconnector With Scott Gerber

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation – The Mirum Podcast – Episode #606 – Host: Mitch Joel. Everywhere I look, I see the book Superconnector. Online, in bookstores at the airport. Source: Sixpixels.mirumagency.com Date: Feb 24, 2018 Link: http://sixpixels.mirumagency.com/podcast/archives/spos-606—become-a-superconnector-with-scott-gerber/ Questions for discussion: What is the key lesson you took away from this discussion? Why are relationships… Read more »