Weekend Leadership Reading: 12/14/18

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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 the future of work.

From Janet Anderson: The future of work is a matter of being human

“The world is going through profound changes that are being driven by rapid advances in technology, globalization and changing social attitudes and demographics. As robots become more sophisticated and artificial intelligence encroaches ever further into spaces traditionally the preserve of humankind, people are asking themselves: Where will humans fit in? And what skills should humans focus on in order to compete successfully in the job market of the future?”

From James N Baron: Can a Company Succeed without a Hierarchy?

“Having hired capable people, AgBiome puts them in charge of their own work. There isn’t a layer of managers making decisions at the firm, or even a list of job titles; rather, there’s an expectation that teams will ‘self-assemble around solving a problem.’ Committees of employees oversee finance, business development, investor relations, and compensation.”

From Forbes: How AI Will Groom A New Breed of ‘Super Managers’

“A growing number of AI applications, however, promise to drastically reduce business leaders’ workloads by taking over many of those low-value and repetitive tasks. By 2021, this shift will generate an estimated $2.9 billion in business value and save 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity, according to Gartner. The upshot: Managers will have more time to perform more valuable work. At the same time, they will be expected to move faster, fueled by data-driven insights for strategic decision making, and lead more effectively with the aid of AI-powered tools that can streamline productivity.”

From Patrick Gorman: Doist CEO Amir Salihefendic Believes Remote Teams Are The Future

“Doist’s 60-plus employees hail from 28 different countries, including Jamaica, Poland, Taiwan to Australia, and they all work remotely. Salihefendic says this remote mindset allows the organization to be borderless in every way and believes that this way of working is the future.”

From Adi Gaskell: Digesting The Future Of Work

“The future of work has been one of the most interesting topics of recent years, as researchers and commentators have given tremendous thought to how new technologies will impact how, where and even whether we will work in future. Such is the popularity of the topic, the breadth and quality of input has varied considerably, but a recent paper commissioned by the Alan Turing Institute and compiled by Oxford University, attempts to pull together the main themes.”

Want to see some books about the future of work? Check out my list of the “Best Books on 21st Century Management and Leadership.

Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.

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