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 »
Posts Categorized: Motivation
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?
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?
Description: The recent resignation of Social Finance CEO Mike Cagney, in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female employees, fostered a frat house culture, and misrepresented the firm’s finances to investors, raises the question of what boards and investors can do to check misconduct by startup executives. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 21, 2017… Read more »
Description: When Warren Buffett was asked recently to describe a successful business, he brought up one of Ben Franklin’s bon mots: “Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.” Source: Forbes.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/abrambrown/2017/09/21/entrepreneurs-thinkers-artists-authors/#67a6eaf86799 Questions for discussion: What message is the author of this article trying to convey about entrepreneurial thinking?… Read more »
Description: A year after its launch, Wattpad — an app that allows contributors to upload and share their writing for public viewing — had just 1,000 users. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 30, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/growth-strategies/wattpads-dreams-of-becoming-the-next-disney-may-be-lofty-but-then-its-come-a-long-way-in-10-years Questions for Discussions: Describe this business model. What managerial services does it provide to creative artists? What other businesses could… Read more »
Description: Evan Fript is the co-founder and CEO of Paul Evans, a luxury men’s footwear company. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2h3rIwH Questions for Discussions: Describe the business model and why you think it has succeeded? Is this entrepreneur typical, in comparison to others?
Description: The entrepreneurs behind some of the promising early-stage companies at Google GoNorth explain why they’re building their businesses here Source: CanadianBusiness.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2016 Link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/innovation/why-tech-startups-choose-to-stay-in-canada/ Questions for Discussions: What are the lessons in this report for Canadian entrepreneurs? Why do you suppose there is such high regard for Silicon Valley… Read more »
Description: In the summer of 2015, at a Cornell University camp for high school students, a teenager from California named Melinda Guo met a boy from New Jersey named Ziad Ahmed. They shared an interest in business, marketing, and philanthropy. “You’re probably going to be the only person I keep in touch with after this,”… Read more »
Description: Comedy group Four Day Weekend explains their demo to Fortune Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 30, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2dXyoIm Questions for Discussions: According to the report, what is the basic message to learn about for successful team building? Why is it so difficult to achieve?