10 Behaviors People Find Condescending

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Description: From calling people ‘chief’ to saying you ‘actually’ like someone’s idea, here are some patronizing behaviors to avoid. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Feb 12, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346238?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Do you agree with these assessments? Why do you suppose some people may behave these ways in some business situations? Should HR management attempt to… Read more »

‘Food halls are the way to go’: Malls experimenting with fancy marketplaces to lure back shoppers

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Description: Shopping centres experimenting with new strategy in era when growing number of people shop online Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 11, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/food-hall-phenomenon-canada-1.5451268 Questions for discussion: What is the concept driving this trend in food services at malls? Do you think the concept is sustainable? Who would likely respond to the offer?

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »

Watch all the Super Bowl commercials right here

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Description: Sunday was advertising’s biggest night. The Super Bowl included ads from a mix of longtime and new entrants, and notably featured political ads from President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Fox sold 30-second slots for as much as $5.6 million. Here are the Super Bowl commercials that aired. This list will be… Read more »

How to eat less meat without driving yourself nuts — and 3 good reasons to try it

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Description: These people are eating less meat to help the planet, and so can you Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-eat-less-meat-without-driving-yourself-nuts-and-3-good-reasons-to-try-it-2020-02-06?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What does the article say about changing attitudes towards meat consumption and the reasons? What does this mean longer term for related businesses if this trend continues to build… Read more »

JC Penney revamps women’s clothing brand, focusing on denim in bid to boost sales

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Description: J.C. Penney is revamping one of its biggest in-house women’s apparel brands to focus more on denim and casual looks. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 06, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/06/jc-penney-revamps-womens-clothing-brand-ana-with-a-focus-on-denim.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the change in strategy at JC Penney. Do you think this approach can work? What would you suggest instead?

Making the fundamental case for Tesla at $900 and one day… $7,000

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Description: Despite Tesla’s meteoric rise, which has seen the shares more than double this year, some investors argue that the company’s fundamentals and future growth justify its current valuation and stock price. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/04/making-the-fundamental-case-for-tesla-at-900-and-one-day-7000.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: According to the article, how should investors establish the “value” of a stock and… Read more »

What the Trans Mountain decision means for Alberta’s oilpatch

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Description: If there were cheers around Alberta’s oilpatch Tuesday, they may have been drowned out by the sighs of relief. Source: CBC.ca Date: Feb 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trans-mountain-pipeline-ruling-1.5451528 Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest may happen as a result of the court decision? How should governments and businesses deal with situations which may… Read more »

Disruption 2020: An Interview With Clayton M. Christensen

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Description: With technology and capital rapidly increasing the pace of innovation, Christensen’s thinking is more relevant today than ever. What do we know now about the power of disruption and where it’s taking us? Source: SloanReview.mit.edu Date: Feb 04, 2020 Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/an-interview-with-clayton-m-christensen/?utm_source=El1&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Chris0220 Questions for discussion: What are the important lessons directed at managers, marketers and investors? Which… Read more »

Zuckerberg: Our new honesty-first approach is ‘going to piss off a lot of people’

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Description: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the social media company is going to stand for principles it believes in whether or not people like it. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 31, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/31/mark-zuckerberg-silicon-slopes-speech-honesty-will-piss-off-people.html Questions for discussion: What are the issues facing social media firms like Facebook? What do you think about… Read more »