Cutting China off from the U.S. would cost America hundreds of billions of dollars, report says

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Description: BEIJING — The U.S. economy could lose more than $1 trillion worth of production and long-term global competitiveness if the White House pursues a sharp separation with China, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Rhodium Group. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 18, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/18/us-china-decoupling-would-cost-america-hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars.html Questions for… Read more »

Texas’ Underregulated Energy Grid Responsible For Millions Without Heat, Electricity | NBC News NOW

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Description: NBC News’ Josh Lederman explains why Texas’ privately managed power grid is responsible for leaving millions of residents without power after a once-in-a-century winter storm. Source: NBCNews.com – video report Date: February 17, 2021 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvredgJPgi8 Questions for discussion: Why did the grid fail? Is this due to inadequate regulation, in your opinion? Who… Read more »

Canadian Tire closing all National Sports stores as revenues rise

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Description: Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. says it’s closing all National Sports stores to reduce overlap in the company’s sporting goods assortment after an internal evaluation. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 18, 2021 Link: https://ampvideo.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-tire-closing-all-national-sports-stores-as-revenues-rise-1.1565278 Questions for discussion: Summarize the situation at Canadian Tire and the financial results reported. Why do you think the… Read more »

SPOS #762 – Judy Samuelson On The Six New Rules of Business

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #762 – Host: Mitch Joel. Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. Judy led a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman‘s narrative about profit-maximization to successfully challenge conventional thinking in board rooms and classrooms about the… Read more »

‘I’m Not a Cat,’ Says Lawyer Having Zoom Difficulties

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Description: The video was immediately shared widely and brought joy to many. The lawyer, Rod Ponton, said he was happy people got a much-needed laugh. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 09, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/style/cat-lawyer-zoom.html Questions for discussion: What are the communications problems illustrated by this story? Should business people be trained by their employers to deal… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg’s Big Problem Has Been Obvious for 17 Years, but Nobody Wants to Admit It

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Description: What if nobody could ever tell you that you’re wrong? Source: Inc.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/mark-zuckerbergs-big-problem-has-been-obvious-for-17-years-but-nobody-wants-to-admit-it.html Questions for discussion: What is the writer saying is the risk associated with Mark Zuckerberg? Do you think he is correct in his analysis? What does this mean for management at Facebook?

SPOS #760 – Anne Janzer On Writing A Book That Makes A Difference

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #760 – Host: Mitch Joel. I have this weird obsession with books about book writing. I collect them. I search them out. I devour them. With that, you would think that I would have written more than two of them myself (not there yet). One of my… Read more »

In Canada, Americans Are Missed, With Limits

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Description: U.S. visitors usually mean big business for Canada’s tourism industry. But the pandemic has blunted lonesomeness for the country’s best friend. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 10, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/travel/canada-us-tourism.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the impact the pandemic has had on the Canadian tourism industry? What can be done to regenerate business, once the pandemic… Read more »

Apple Is the World’s Most Admired Company for the 14th Year in a Row. Facebook Isn’t Even on the List

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Description: It doesn’t take long to damage your reputation. Just ask Facebook. Source: INC.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apple-is-worlds-most-admired-company-for-14th-year-in-a-row-facebook-isnt-even-on-list.html Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest contributes to a company’s admiration or its absence? How does this information affect marketing? How should investors weigh this information?

Reddit, the Talk of the Internet, Raises $250 Million

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Description: The start-up, which was at the center of a recent stock market frenzy, was valued at $6 billion in the new funding round. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 08, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/technology/reddit-raises-250-million.html Questions for discussion: What makes Reddit a special type of social media? What is their revenue source? What will they use the investment… Read more »