Weekend Leadership Reading: 1/11/19

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about What 2019 may hold and the power of reading books.

From Tammy Erickson , Dan Cable , Julian Birkinshaw , Nicos Savva , Linda Yueh and Richard Jolly: 6 trends to look out for in 2019

“What developments will we see in the business landscape over the next 12 months? We asked some of our faculty to look ahead and, well, there’s good news and bad… On the plus side: exciting new opportunities to do things differently and get results. Better stop reading now, though, if you’re hoping for quick fixes.”

From Stephanie Neal: 10 Hot Leadership Topics for 2019

“For the past four years we’ve been tracking the topics that stand out according to top HR and leadership influencers. This year there are distinct upward trends in some issues that continue to drive impact in business and the workplace, as well as new challenges that are rising for HR and business leaders to confront in the years and decade ahead.”

From Shane Parrish: Why You Should Stop Reading News

“We spend hours consuming news because we want to be well informed. But is that time well spent? News is by definition something that doesn’t last. And as news has become easier to distribute and cheaper to produce, the quality has decreased.

Rarely do we stop to ask ourselves questions about what we consume: Is this important? Is this going to stand the test of time — say, in a week or in a year? Is the person writing this someone who is well informed on the issue?”

From Dan Seitz: Books are good for your brain. These techniques will help you read more.

“Reading books can exercise your brain and even boost your emotional intelligence. Despite this, about a quarter of all Americans haven’t read a book in the last year and our overall book-reading time is on the decline.”

From Michael McKinney: Classic Leadership Books

“These are classic leadership books that have stood the test of time and are essential reading for anyone wanting to develop their leadership skills. Not all leadership books are business books nor are all business books leadership books. But leadership is an art that can be applied in all contexts.

Of the books listed below, some are great leadership books in their own right and some have simply caused us to change our perspective and emphasis. Some confuse principles and approaches and can be misleading, but the points they make are valid in many situations. You, as the leader, must become a master at application, determining what works when. While there are no universal applications, you will discover that there are universal principles that when applied consistently, will add to your success as a leader.”

From Bob Sutton: 12 Books That Every Leader Should Read

“I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating — a list of ‘Books That Every Leader Should Read’ on my old Work Matters blog since 2011. These are books that have taught me much about people, teams, and organizations — while at the same time — provide useful guidance (if sometimes indirectly) about what it takes to lead well versus badly. This is the 2018 update. I left out many of my favorites – and probably many of yours as well. After all, some 11,000 business books are published in the United States every year.

Many on the list are research based, others tell detailed stories, and only two are quick reads (Orbiting the Giant Hairball and Parkinson’s Law). That reflects my bias. I lean toward books that have real substance beneath them. This runs counter to the belief in the business book world that people will only buy and read books that are very short and simple – and have just one idea. So, if your kind of business book is The One Minute Manager (which frankly, I like too… but you can read the whole thing in 20 or 30 minutes), then you probably won’t like most of these books.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to the most recent post: “The 5 Best Books for Business Leaders that I Read in 2018.

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