Weekend Leadership Reading 11/3/17

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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 why imitating successful companies might not be a good idea, innovation in leadership, how SAP got more women in management, why we almost gave up making artificial brains, and how to know if your industry will be disrupted.

From Freek Vermeulen: Don’t be fooled by success

“Imitating great companies can fail to make yours any better – here’s why”

Book Suggestion: Breaking Bad Habits: Defy Industry Norms and Reinvigorate Your Business by Freek Vermeulen

From Ron Ritter and Ed Ruggero: Leadership in innovation needs innovation in leadership

“As businesses face evolving challenges, four aspects of leadership will become dramatically more important: insight, integrity, courage, and agility.”

From Anka Wittenberg: Lessons from SAP’s Journey: Three Actionable Ways to Increase Women in Management

“Organizations continue to struggle to create gender equality in the workplace, especially those in the technology industry. According to research from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co., for every 100 U.S. women promoted to manager, 130 men are promoted – leaving far fewer opportunities for women on the path to leadership without access and avenues for growth in their careers. Understanding this challenge, SAP created a board-level commitment to raise the total of female leaders from 18% in 2011 to 25%. Recently, we achieved our goal – six months ahead of schedule.”

From John Wenz: We Almost Gave Up On Building Artificial Brains

“Today artificial neural networks are making art, writing speeches, identifying faces and even driving cars. It feels as if we’re riding the wave of a novel technological era, but the current rise in neural networks is actually a renaissance of sorts. It may be hard to believe, but artificial intelligence researchers were already beginning to see the promise in neural networks during World War II in their mathematical models. But by the 1970s, the field was ready to give up on them entirely.”

From Greg Satell: Here’s How You Know Your Industry Is About To Be Disrupted

“Clearly, we have a problem with antitrust regulation and consumer protection, but corporate consolidation is more than an example of corporate greed, it is also an indication of industry weakness. Growing industries generally don’t consolidate and, by restricting competition, firms in oligopoly markets often hasten their own disruption and demise.”

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

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