Weekend Leadership Reading: 10/25/19

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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 there are articles about innovation.

From Elizabeth Spaulding and Greg Caimi: Navigating the Route to Innovation

“Leading companies pursue a process of constant innovation, fueled by openness, risk tolerance and an explorer’s mindset.”

From the London School of Economics: How to approach innovation

“‘Emergent’ principles drawing from complexity science help deal with organisational change and innovation, writes Deborah Rowland”

From Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Maureen Carroll, and Frederik Pferdt: Hacking your innovation mindset

“The Stanford d.school strives to help people become everyday innovators. Learn how they help their students build the creative confidence to tackle real-life problems in innovative ways.”

From Dan Schmitz: How Can Diversity Lead To Innovation?

“Diversity is innovative potential. To activate this potential, leaders must understand the underlying process through which diversity leads to innovation. One early requirement is to loosen traditional views of leadership based in command and control. This creates mental space to consider an organization as an ecology of innovation. An ecology is a system of difference. Innovation emerges as people with diverse thinking interact with each other in an accommodating environment.”

From Manuel Sosa: How Organisations Can Cultivate Innovation Catalysts

“Given the highly complex, uncertain and dynamic environments facing all firms nowadays, it is more important than ever to prepare your organisation to tackle any business challenge with an innovative mindset. That is the only way to transform existing and emerging threats into opportunities for future success. Accomplishing this requires a special type of leader – a type I call the innovation catalyst.”


From Ryan O’Melveny Wilson: Balancing Innovation and Tradition

“A business whose biggest innovation has been adding sour cream to a baked potato may not seem like a candidate for change.”

Book Suggestions

Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell

Wally’s Comment: For my money, this is the single best book on innovation. You can read my full review here.

Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change by Deborah Rowland

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton Christensen et al

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley, Nick Podehl, et al.

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