Weekend Leadership Reading: 10/23/20

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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.

From Renita Kalhorn: What to Do When Stress Puts You in “Survival Mode”

“Do you believe that constant stress is unavoidable? Good for performance? Actually, neither is true.’

From Niall McShane: Bringing Emotion To Process

“think of yourself as the coach and your employee as the client. Then try this.”

From Deborah Lynn Blumberg: The Good and Bad of Measuring Worker Output in Real Time

“Quantification boosts productivity if the task is simple, but demotivates if the task is complex, a Stanford study finds.”

From Dina Gerdeman: Want to Be Happier? Make More Free Time

“Enjoying life requires time, but too often we willingly give it away in pursuit of money and career. Ashley Whillans shows how to restore the proper balance.”

From Adam Bryant: The lasting impact of 2020 on leadership

“There are still a few months left in the year, and given what has happened in 2020 so far, there’s probably still time for yet another seismic event. Already, we’ve had two: the global pandemic and the killing of George Floyd, which heightened awareness of systemic racial injustice, led to protests across the world, and spurred pledges and commitments to change from hundreds of companies.”

From the Economist: Countering the tyranny of the clock

“In the ‘putting out’ system that prevailed before the factory era, merchants would deliver cloth to be woven, spun, stitched or cut to a worker’s home. Each worker would then be paid for the items they produced. That gave the weavers and spinners freedom to work when it was convenient. At the factory, in contrast, workers were required by the owner to turn up for a set shift.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership.

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