4 lessons you can learn from the U.S. Olympic team

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Description: It might seem like you have little in common with the Olympians competing in the Winter Games this month. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 15, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/4-lessons-you-can-learn-from-the-us-olympic-team-2018-02-15 Questions for discussion: What are the lessons you can learn, according to the article? Which do you think is the most difficult to learn?

How One Designer Built A $22M Company–Selling Paper

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Description: The cult greeting card purveyor Rifle Paper Co. has turned into a booming lifestyle brand, with 160 employees and more than $22 million in annual revenue. Here’s how cofounder Anna Bond proved that print isn’t dead. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 07, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90159246/how-anna-bond-built-a-22m-company-selling-paper Questions for discussion: What does the article say about successfully… Read more »

Women, it’s time to reach for those leadership roles

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Description: Oprah Winfrey, in her electrifying speech at the Golden Globes, said that things are changing. Source: Chicagotribune.com Date: Jan 22, 2018 Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/success/inc/tca-women-it-s-time-to-reach-for-those-leadership-roles-20180122-story.html Questions for discussion: What does the writer say to women about leadership? Do you agree with her assessments and advice?

Tesla unveils pay plan for CEO Elon Musk

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Description: CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports on how Tesla is paying CEO Elon Musk’s salary. Tesla unveils pay plan for CEO Elon Musk from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/01/23/tesla-unveils-pay-plan-for-ceo-elon-musk.html Questions for discussion: How is Elon Musk compensated? Is this an appropriate method for senior management of a firm, in… Read more »

‘Right thing to do’: JJ Bean gives Ontario minimum wage to Vancouver staff

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Description: The company increased the price of products to offset the cost of wage increases Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 12, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jj-bean-coffee-wage-increase-hike-1.4486070 Questions for discussion: How has this firm adjusted to minimum wage laws? Do you think this strategy will work or will business decline?

Canada’s top CEOs earn 200 times an average worker’s salary: report

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Description: Average yearly compensation for top 100 CEOs is now $10.4 million Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 02, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/ceo-income-pay-canadian-worker-1.4462496 Questions for discussion: What are the arguments about fair compensation for employees of companies? Do you believe the top CEOs are fairly compensated? How might this report affect employee relations at Canadian firms? Should government… Read more »

Older Canadians forgoing retirement, working through golden years, census shows

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Description: The latest census data show more and more Canadians are choosing to eschew the traditional retirement age, whether for their health, their finances or just for the fun of it Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 29, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/retirement/older-canadians-forgoing-retirement-working-through-golden-years-census-2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What should HR managers do with this… 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?

Gretchen Carlson: How I Handled Sexual Harassment

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Description: “You find out who your friends are in a big way when you come forward” Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2ygZqGr Questions for discussion: What lessons should managers take away from this discussion? What lessons are presented here for women in the workplace?