Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I’m pointing you to articles about leadership, strategy, industries, innovation, women and work, and work and learning now and in the future. Highlights include Bain’s Management Tools & Trends 2015, how disruptive startups spread the wealth, why conflict is good for creativity, a study that reveals female business owners need to set boundaries, and five trends that are reshaping your office.
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Thinking about Leadership and Strategy
“Executives who slogged through years of recession or stagnation are feeling more confident, even exuberant— perhaps too exuberant. Many also see disruptions and challenges ahead. Forces such as the demographics of emerging economies, aging populations and resource scarcity are accelerating deep structural shifts in global markets. And although these forces generate opportunities for growth, they also unleash risks.”
“Tracy Wolstencroft, CEO of the global executive-search firm, explains the importance of authentic leadership, listening, and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
“Sustainability is a popular topic that influences almost every area of life and industry. Using the 2008 recession as the crisis examined, we will take a look at how several leaders have handled economic, environmental, and organizational responsibility and sustainability in the midst of chaos. We will then tie those examples together within the realm of systems thinking, highlighting how leaders need to see the interconnected nature of systems in order to effectively respond to crises.”
Industries and Analysis
“Want to improve U.S. healthcare? Apply these traditional business principles.”
“After the long economic downturn crushed the residential construction industry and forced tradespeople to find other work, homebuilders now find themselves with thin ranks of carpenters and others who have the skills to put up a house.”
“Genuinely revolutionary companies create opportunities for yet more startups. The shrewdest disruptors embrace the process to create a bigger market for everyone.”
Innovations and Technology
“I recently got a call from a CEO of a health system that encompasses several hospitals, medical practices, and clinics. Lakeland Health employs about 4,000 associates and takes in nearly $500 million per year. Its facilities are spread across the southwest corner of Michigan — where median income is 70% of the national average and the incidence of chronic diseases is substantially higher than the norm. It’s a challenging environment in which to be a healthcare provider. The CEO knew I was a fan of passion-fueled innovation and thought he had a story I’d find inspiring, hence the call.”
“Using poor-quality and badly managed data to make high-impact management decisions is courting disaster.”
“Conventional thinking says that conflict is bad for teamwork and should be kept out of the office, but putting individuals in a conflictual state of mind can enhance their creativity.”
Women and the Workplace
“As the number of independent contractors grows, so do the number of co-working spaces designed to serve them — people who want less homebound isolation, more camaraderie and a place for business meetings that reflects professionalism.”
“A new survey found that while women small business owners claim to value work-life balance more than men, women are less likely than men to actually take steps to achieve that elusive goal.”
“High heels have always been central in the battleground of sexual politics, with feminists and other pro-gender egalitarians often at odds. One on hand, many wonder if it’s possible to argue for gender equality while hobbling around on six-inch heels. On the other: How is what women wear relevant at all?”
Work and Learning Now and in the Future
“We live in the information age, which according to Wikipedia is a period in human history characterised by the shift from industrial production to one based on information and computerisation. But what comes next?”
“Ford’s sentiments are not new. When machines replaced humans in textile mills in the First Industrial Revolution, followed by the Second Industrial Revolution when Henry Ford mastered the science of the moving assembly line and mass production, there were fears that machines would put humans out of work permanently. Instead of becoming redundant, humans just adapted and created new jobs. However, technology could significantly change the way certain jobs are perceived.”
“That’s one of the big takeaways of a new report released Monday at NeoCon, the annual mega conference attended by major designers of Corporate America’s offices and cubicles. The report was put together by Knoll, the workplace design company, and UnWired, a U.K.-based publishing and events business focused on the future of work. It surveyed leaders in charge of the facilities and real estate of 46 global companies. Here are five highlights from the new report that reflect how the modern office is changing:”
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