Weekend Leadership Reading: 1/3/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. 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 we’re thinking about the past and the future as we enter 2020.

From Heikki Väänänen: How The 2010s Transformed Business, And What The Next Decade Has In Store

“Next year marks the beginning of a new decade, presenting us with the opportunity to not only reflect on the progress made in business over the past ten years, but also to look ahead to the brave new world of the 2020s, and explore how technology will shape the future.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Ines Wichert: 3 Reasons Why Reflection Will Make You More Successful in 2020

“We live in a world that values action and where back to back meetings are a badge of productivity. Quarterly targets mean that we tend to be focused on the next thing on our to-do-list rather than looking back to evaluate how the last thing we’ve just completed could be improved. Few of us routinely take time out to reflect on past events. However, by missing out on opportunities for reflection you may be making yourself less effective than you could be. Reflection brings three distinctive advantages.”

From Adam Bryant: Start the New Year with a simplification month

“Leaders can gain clarity by using January to simplify operations and focus on desired outcomes for the coming year.”

From Fortune: 25 Ideas That Will Shape the 2020s: Economy, Markets, Tech, Health, A.I., Work, Society and More

“Fortune asked 25 of the sharpest minds to weigh in on the epic, disruptive, thrilling, terrifying, and fascinating ideas that will mold the next decade. The future is now.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: 2020 Predictions for Leaders

“Predictions abound this time of year, but as leaders we should be thinking about more than what changes are coming. We must prepare for how those changes will impact how we must lead, the climate in which we are leading, and how they will impact those we lead. I’ve looked into my crystal ball, asking myself those questions, and what follows are my forecasts for 2020 – my predictions for leaders.”

From Michael Wade: Planning the Me

“Rather than planning the year, it can be far more helpful to Plan the Me.”

From the Economist: A manager’s manifesto for 2020

“THE START of the year is traditionally the time to make resolutions to change your behaviour. Hardly anyone keeps them, of course, but in the spirit of optimism, here are Bartleby’s eight suggestions for what managers ought to resolve to do in 2020.”

From Wally Bock: 21st Century Leadership: Are we there yet?

“It seems like we’ve been waiting for ‘21st century leadership’ for a long, long time. Peter Drucker saw it as part of a major transformation to a knowledge economy. He thought that transformation began with the GI Bill after World War II. In 1992, he wrote that ‘If history is any guide, this transformation will not be completed until 2010 or 2020.’ OK, it’s 2020.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of How to Think Like A Roman Emperor.

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