Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of The Self-Aware Leader: Play to Your Strengths, Unleash Your Team, Thursday is the New Friday: How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want, No Cure For Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear), At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor, and My Life in Full: Work, Family and our Future. Plus there’s a reading list of books written by futurists from Bruce Rosenstein.
“Not everyone handles criticism the same way. Some try to ignore it. Some try to defend themselves against it. Others, like the salesman, use a witty remark to put a critic in his place. But no matter what, if you are a leader, you will have to deal with criticism. And if you can do it with grace, people will respect you.”
“Will the four-day workweek become the norm within our generation? With growing statistics around the Great Resignation, employees aren’t returning to work in the way expected post-covid-19. In his book Thursday is the New Friday: How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want, Joe Sanok outlines how we arrived at this point in history, what we each can do internally to thrive, and how slowing down is actually the key to growing productivity and creativity.”
“There is an implicit promise hidden in the millions of words spilled on time management, productivity, and self-help: if we could just figure out the right strategy, we’d finally be able to live a more meaningful life. ‘American culture has popular theories about how to build a perfect life,’ writes Kate Bowler in her new book No Cure For Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear). ‘You can have it all if you just learn how to conquer your limits. There is infinity lurking somewhere at the bottom of your inbox or in the stack of self-help books on the bedside table.'”
“Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and the founding pastor of one of the most influential churches in North America, Connexus Church. He is also a recovered victim of burnout. After shutting down from years of chronic, mounting stress and finding a way to cope with that exhaustion and recalibrate his lifestyle, he has become a sought-after conference speaker, podcaster, and thought leader. Below, Carey shares 5 key insights from his new book, At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor.”
“Indra Nooyi, the former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo who pushed for transformational change at the company through innovation of healthier products, once belonged to that small club. In a new memoir called ‘My Life in Full: Work, Family and our Future,’ Nooyi reflects on her career and the challenge of balancing work and family. Click the audio player above to hear Nooyi’s conversation with ‘Marketplace’ host Kai Ryssdal. The following is an excerpt from the book.”
“Five years ago this month, in July 2016, I led an Unconference session about ‘The Future of Leadership’ at WorldFuture 2016, in Washington, D.C., marking the 50th anniversary of the World Future Society. To put it mildly, the world has changed in profound ways since then. Looking back on these past five years has also led me to think more about the role of the futurist in today’s society. We should not rely on futurists to predict the future, but rather to provide us with approaches about how we can live, work, and plan for our individual and collective futures.”
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