Weekend Leadership Reading: 1/19/18

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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 motivating yourself to exercise, algorithmic ethics, working out loud, why you should pursue a grand challenge, and how to lead a major transformation.

From Eric Barker: This Is The Best Way To Motivate Yourself To Exercise: 4 Proven Secrets

“We all want a magic pill that makes us smarter, happier, and better looking. Good news is the magic pill is here. Bad news is it’s exercise.”

From the London Business School: Algorithmic ethics: lessons and limitations for leaders

“In the not-too-distant past, we made decisions based entirely on human judgement. Now, automated systems are helping people call important shots. Financial institutions use algorithms to offer loan applicants immediate yes-no decisions. Recruitment firms adopt systems powered by language technology to match applicants to vacancies. Even the criminal justice system uses predictive algorithms when sentencing criminals.”

From Tanmay Vora: Working Out Loud: Relationships and Legacy

“For those of you who are new to this, Working Out Loud is a practice of sharing your work/work in progress with a relevant community to enable learning and collaboration.”

From Greg Satell: Everybody Should Be Pursuing A Grand Challenge — Here’s Why

“A decade ago, Microsoft was considered a dinosaur. It had missed the shift to mobile, was out of step with consumer tastes and seemed too big and slow to adapt to a digital world that was moving at hyper-speed. Yet today, the company is thriving again, largely driven by a cloud business that is doubling every year. This is not a new effort. In fact, it began in the early 2000’s, but was little noticed until recently. In much the same way, IBM’s Watson project, which is helping the venerable company overcome the disruption of its traditional business, began in 2005. Google has created its own moonshot factory, to pursue game changing technologies. These are not ‘bet the company’ initiatives, but sustained efforts to pursue grand challenges that can fundamentally change the realm of the possible. In recent years, we’ve come to associate the practice of innovation with speed and agility, but to what truly moves the needle can’t be achieved quickly or through mere iteration. We need to set our sights higher.”

From Doug Ready and Alan Mulally: How to Become a Game-Changing Leader

“To successfully lead major organizational transformations, executives need to align purpose, performance, and principles within their companies. Doing so isn’t easy — and requires mastery of a wide range of leadership skills.”

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