Weekend Leadership Reading: 12/7/18

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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 thinking and the brain.

From Khalil Smith: Why Our Brains Fall for False Expertise, and How to Stop It

“Once we are aware of the shortcuts our minds take when deciding who to listen to, we can take steps to block those shortcuts.”

From Ryan Holiday: 13 Life-Changing Habits To Try And Do Every Single Day

“Why does one day matter? Why does what you do today matter in the scheme of your whole life? Because our life is made up of days. Days like today.”

From Scott E. Page: Why “Many-Model Thinkers” Make Better Decisions

“The most sophisticated organizations — from Alphabet to Berkshire Hathaway to the CIA — all use models. In fact, they do something even better: they use many models in combination.”

From Antonios Stamatogiannakis and Dipankar Chakravarti: The Little-Known Quirk in the Way Our Brain Evaluates Goals

“Contrary to popular belief, pursuing a modest positive change is sometimes perceived as easier than maintaining the status quo.”

From Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: Science explains why productivity hacks and resolutions are practically destined to fail

“As we approach the new year, the inevitable flurry of self-management tips beckons. It’s a pity that they are so hard to implement, but this actually explains their proliferation. If there is so much demand for suggestions on how to fix one’s bad habits and replace them with brand-new, effective behaviors, it’s precisely because very few suggestions actually work.”

Thanks to Dr. David Ballard for pointing me to this post.

Book Suggestions

The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You by Scott E. Page

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker

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