Weekend Leadership Reading: 12/13/19

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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 with advice from CEOs.

From Susie Gharib: Aflac CEO On Leadership: Take Care of Your People. They’ll Take Care of Business

“Dan Amos has been CEO of Aflac for almost 30 years. That’s pretty remarkable in the universe of Fortune 500 companies. So, what did Amos do to last that long?”

From Gabriel Perna: Old World Industries CEO On Changing The Culture Of A 46-Year Old Company

“It was through this experience that Culverhouse met with people from Northbrook, Illinois-based Old World Industries, one of the largest privately-held companies competing in the automotive aftermarket. They were interested in throwing their hat in the market and recruited Culverhouse to come aboard and run the division. Eventually, OWI became the number one supplier of diesel exhaust fluid in America under Culverhouse’s leadership.”

From Cameron Albert-Deitch: Culture Is Not About Providing a Company Keg. It’s Hiring People Who Actually Want to Have Beers Together

“Lyfe Marketing’s founders have been growing their startup at breakneck speed–and now their hiring strategy is showing signs of wear. So fellow Atlantan and Kabbage CEO Rob Frohwein shared some of the cultural know-how that made his $1 billion company one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces two years running.”

From the Portland Press Herald: Like a Boss: Interview with Lindsay Skilling, CEO of Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream

“Lindsay, what’s so exciting about your company is that you’re the fifth generation running the business, and that’s a new twist for Like A Boss. Could you start by just telling us about the history of Gifford’s?”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Sachin Waikar: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Be Bold and Be Right

“Satya Nadella discusses the importance of empathy, culture, and leading by example.”

From Brett Nelson: How To Make The Tough Calls: CEOs Share Their Secrets

“We sought decision-making inspiration from battle-tested execs willing to relive their toughest calls. Our advice: When in doubt, trust the process—and make the call.”

Book Suggestions

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella , Greg Shaw , et al.

The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders by Elena L. Botelho , Kim R. Powell , et al.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger

The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

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