• GE CEO Jeff Immelt: 'Our tax code is perverted'

    CEO & Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget asked General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, "Is it reasonable for a large corporation to move operations to a new state or another country with a more lenient tax policy?"  Immelt said, "Our tax code is perverted."

    Corporate tax rates are below and attached.

    Explain why Immelt calls for bipartisan tax reform.

    What might happen if the U.S. tax code remains the same?

    What might happen if the U.S. tax code is changed in favor of corporations?

  • Three Career Secrets Students Should Know Before Graduation

    What are the 3 career secrets that students should know before graduation?

    What is your personal brand?

    Where should you network?

    How will you show a positive attitude?

  • Christmas by the Numbers

    How many Americans observe Christmas?

    What do Americans buy?

    How many cards does the post office deliver?

    Which businesses profit the most from Christmas?

    How could managers use this information?

  • Chipotle Founder Steve Ells Addresses Series Of Outbreaks

    In the above video, Steve Ells, Chipotle's founder and co-CEO, appeared on The Today Show to discuss the restaurant chain’s recent scourge of health scares.

    How has Chipolte changed processes?

    What practices will make Chipotle the safest place to eat?

  • Steve Forbes and T. Boone Pickens Talk Politics and Energy

    Environmental scanning is the process of collecting information about the external environment to identify and analyze trends.  The purpose of assessing the external environment is to identify both opportunities that could benefit the company and threats to its success. A scan of the external environment forces, including political/legal, economic, social/cultural, and technological, should be performed.

    In the video above, Steve Forbes and T. Boone Pickens discuss politics. The political/legal environment of business involves changes with regard to legislation, regulations, and court decisions that have the potential to affect a business in some way.

    What elements in the political environment are affecting energy businesses? Which are opportunities and which are threats?

  • Celebrate Your Achievements

    It is almost the new year and time to set New Year's Goals. But first, take a few minutes to celebrate what you have accomplished this year.

    How would you answer the following questions?

  • American Holiday Behavior Explained

    Russell Herder, a Minneapolis creative and research firm, surveyed Americans to learn more about their behaviors the holidays.

    Who is the merriest?

    What popular traditions and attitudes bring Americans together during the holidays?

    What are the favorite holiday tunes?

    How might this information help a manager planning a holiday party for employees?

  • Looking Further with Ford 2016

    Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company's in-house futurist, sees 2016 as a time of "inspiration, ingenuity and identity." 

    The trends for 2016 are:

    • Embracing Heroes
    • Swiss Army Knife
    • Time Poverty
    • The EZ Life
    • Mindful Goes Mainstream
    • In Awe of Aging
    • Fit for Misfits
    • Waste Not, Want Not
    • Buying into the Flexible Economy
    • Retail Revolution

    In the section, What's next for Ford?, the following is shared. "In a world of constant, dramatic change, companies must keep one foot firmly grounded in the now and the other firmly grounded in the next. This collection of trends helps Ford look beyond the auto industry to comprehend what’s happening in social, technological, economic, environmental and political arenas, and creates a blueprint to understand how these trends are expected to influence products and brands for the next year and beyond." (See the attached Report.)

    A situation or SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis is critical to the creation of any strategic plan. The SWOT analysis begins with a scan of the external environment. Managers must examine their situation in order to seek opportunities and monitor threats. Managers do not want to make mistakes, so they analyze situations carefully. Strengths and weaknesses are internal to the company, while opportunities and threats are external to the company.

    Using the attached report, prepare a SWOT analysis for Ford.

     

    Strengths:

    Weaknesses:

     

     

    Opportunities:

    Threats:

     

  • 2015 Year in Review

    Facebook 1015 Year in Review

    Twitter 2015 Year in Review

    Compare and contrast the Facebook with the Twitter 2015 Year in review.

  • Facebook CEO and Wife Donate 99% of their Facebook Shares

    Mark, Priscilla and baby Max

     

     

     

     

     

    Source: Mark Zuckerberg via Facebook

    Mark the Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla wrote a letter to their brand new daughter, Max. See below. They are donating 99% of their Facebook shares ($45 billion). 

    What inspires you about the letter from the Zuckerbergs?

    Why do you think that it is important for the Zuckerbergs to donate 99% of their Facebook shares?

    The Zuckerbergs want to make progress on the points outlined in the letter. Where do they want to make progress?

  • How Elon Musk Can Tell If Job Applicants Are Lying About Their Experience

    Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors (electric car) and CEO and CTO of SpaceX, was at Business Insider’s Ignition conference. He was asked how he knows if applicants are qualified for the job. He said that he read books and talked to people about solving problems.

    “When you struggle with a problem, that’s when you really understand it. And that’s one of the ways … when I’m interviewing somebody (about a job with his companies), I ask about them to tell me about a problem they worked on and how they solved it. If somebody was really the person who solved it, they’ll be able to go down through multiple levels … really down to brass tacks. And if they weren’t, they’ll get stuck (explaining the situation and the subsequent solution). That means this person wasn’t the one who solved it. If they were, they wouldn’t forget any of the details."

    Q. When you are interviewed, what will you tell employers about your problem-solving abilities?

    Q. When you interview, what problem will you ask the interviewee to tell you about?

  • Should we fear robots?

    "Be afraid, be very afraid: The robots are coming and they will destroy our livelihoods." Watch the debate on the video below.

    The best business book of the year, according to the Financial Times and McKinsey, is Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford.

    Should you be afraid of robots?

    Will robots destroy your job?

  • Restaurants Give Back

    The National Restaurant Association highlights that restaurants support local community organizations and charitable efforts. 

    The hashtag is #restaurantsgiveback. 

    Why does the National Restaurant Association say that "restaurants are the original social media"?

    Why is it important that businesses such as restaurants make charitable contributions?