Weekend Leadership Reading: 1/4/19

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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 doing better in 2019.

From Peter Bregman: If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions

“I believe — and my experience coaching hundreds of leaders in hundreds of different circumstances proves — that anyone can get better at anything. But in order to get better — and in order to be coached productively — you need to honestly answer ‘yes’ to both those questions.”

From Emma Young: The act of drawing something has a “massive” benefit for memory compared with writing it down

“A picture is worth a thousand words…. When it comes to conveying a concept, this sentiment can certainly be true. But it may also be the case for memory. At least that’s the message from Myra Fernandes and colleagues at the University of Waterloo, Canada – writing in Current Directions in Psychological Science, they argue that their research programme shows that drawing has a ‘surprisingly powerful influence’ on memory, and as a mnemonic technique, it could be particularly useful for older adults – and even people with dementia.”

From Mike Salvino: Make This Your New Year’s Resolution: Continue to Evolve as a CEO

“Around this time of year people find themselves reflecting on where they are personally and professionally. Some take action by making New Year’s resolutions. CEOs in particular have an insatiable appetite for evolution and self-improvement. So this holiday season, when you are sitting by the fire drinking your eggnog, take a few moments to read this article, and think about how you approach leadership and how you can continue to become an even greater leader and CEO.”

From Yale Insights: Research-Based Tips for a Better New Year

“What does the data say about making the most of 2019? We asked Yale SOM faculty to share self-improvement tips based on their research.”

From Karin Hurt: A 360 Feedback Tool You Can Do Yourself

“Sure formal 360 tools are a GREAT way to get structured, anonymous feedback. I’ve learned a great deal from them over the years, and helped leaders at all levels do the same. But the truth is, what makes these tools valuable is always the conversation that follows. If a formal 360 is not available or not practical in your organization, you can achieve similar results through your own listening tour.”

Book Suggestions

Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, And Inspire Action On Your Most Important Work by Peter Bregman

Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul by Karin Hurt and David Dye

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

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