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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #655 – Host: Mitch Joel. I love people are not only creative, but understand how to talk about creativity. It’s something that deeply motivates me to make stuff. Srinivas Rao is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast, where he has conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life (sounds familiar!). He’s also the author of three books, including The Art of Being Unmistakable, Unmistakable – Why Only is Better than Best, and his latest, An Audience of One – Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake.

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 27, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-655-becoming-an-audience-of-one-with-srinivas-rao/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What did you learn about creativity and other concepts by listening to this intereview?
  • Are these lessons of greater value to higher-level managers or do they apply equally to all people in business?

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Description: The union representing workers at General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant on Friday called on Canadians to boycott any of the automaker’s vehicles manufactured in Mexico.

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Jan 25, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/oshawa-unifor-gm-plant-boycott-mexico-1.4992989

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this union strategy will have any positive results or cause GM to respond in some way?
  • What are some possible consequences of the boycott effort?
  • What would you advise the union and the general public that support the union position?

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Description: As political and business leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, a roster of the most sustainable companies is also enjoying a moment in the spotlight.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Jan 22, 2019

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2019/01/22/the-most-sustainable-companies-in-2019/#8dd695e6d7da

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the meaning of sustainability today and the way in which these firms are advancing the effort?
  • Do you believe the effort is satisfactory thus far and what would you advise firms not listed?

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Description: The supposed millennial penchant for “killing” industries gets thrown around a lot, but it could really be happening to one American icon: the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 25, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/actually-young-people-really-could-kill-harley-davidson.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How have changes in demographics and attitudes affected the fortunes of Harley-Davidson in recent years?
  • What is management doing stratgically to meet the changes?
  • What advice would you offer?

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Description: By now you have probably heard of influencers, that group of internet-famous people who have more than a million social media followers and can make big money by plugging various brands. And you may have even heard of microinfluencers, who do the same thing for a still sizable but somewhat smaller social media audience — from the tens to low hundreds of thousands. Now get ready for the nanoinfluencers.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 11, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/business/media/nanoinfluencers-instagram-influencers.html?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTURBMVlUZ3pZbVJpTm1VMSIsInQiOiJ2cVVteUJDVm9RZzhNVHE2eDFVN1VNZmFvWkt6SzJBZXU5cFZ0Zys4R1FuVUpuXC8rcVhRalpEWndPMzVEd3BmblJxeldNTjNib0RFR05lRUU3T1o1XC9Ua3psSHBvallMbFFseml4NWE1WTZibGZ5QW1PSUdpaTBRZnRUYU9Zb2dNIn0%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • What are nanoinfluencers and why do you think they are growing in popularity with marketers?
  • Which sorts of products or services would benefit the most with nanoinfluencers?

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Description: Alibaba hit the headlines with the world’s biggest IPO in September 2014. Today, the company has a market cap among the global top 10, has surpassed Walmart in global sales, and has expanded into all the major markets in the world. Founder Jack Ma has become a household name.

Source: HarvardBusinessReview.com

Date: FROM THE SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE

Link: https://hbr.org/2018/09/alibaba-and-the-future-of-business?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpnME9XSm1aVEEwT0dZMyIsInQiOiI0YXU4R3pJVitOejhSSXFcL3dJV21DbkltUTVEQnlTRTNxeG1LcjBGR0llOHl4QXd1bFdJTnhWc1NJdlNaMlIwYUhpam9zSUl5azNvZXNuWGtZS3BBXC9DVkFjNTlFOTZndmFVMFptS3B2UzcxZThYMk9MKzZTMGFERjlwblgzd2Q4In0%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • Do you agree with the presentation?
  • What is the message that business managers should take away?

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Description:  Podcast | How Kids Earn, Save and Spend

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Jan , 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-how-kids-earn-save-and-spend

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the discussion reveal about this demographic that would be useful to marketing managers?
  • Are you surprised by the data?

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Description: It seems that Facebook is about to reverse years of promises around the integrity and independence of its flagship WhatsApp messaging platform. And coming off the back of the worst year of PR for the social media giant, the implications for the future of WhatsApp could be game-changing.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Jan 26, 2019

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/01/26/could-this-really-be-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-whatsapp/#4ae62f0341ab

Questions for discussion:

  • What is changing strategically?
  • Why would management make this change?
  • Do you agree it is best for the firm?
  • What other options are there for monetization?

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Description: It’s hard to see what Unifor’s national president is hoping to achieve

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Jan 16, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-jerry-diass-oshawa-gm-battle-cant-stop-an-auto-industry-revolution

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the situation facing GM management, the union, and the governments?
  • What would you advise each of them, given the constraints?

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Description: Amazon could soon face a tighter market in India, as new government restrictions are set to kick in next month. But the company remains undeterred in its India expansion based on at least one measure: job openings.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 16, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/amazon-india-hiring-spree-new-restrictions-foreign-sellers-coming.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is significant about Amazon’s management plans in India?
  • How does this approach to globalization help the firm grow?