Weekend Leadership Reading 12/1/17

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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 top emerging technologies of 2017, balancing risk and empowerment, winning is a self-fulfilling prophecy, data bias, and the generalized specialist.

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

“Earlier this year, Scientific American, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. These technologies, – selected by a global panel of experts, – ‘are expected to become increasingly commonplace in the next few years,’ and are ‘attracting increased funding or showing other signs of being ready to move to the next level.’ Here are the 10 technologies comprising the 2017 list, along with the reasons cited in the report for their selection:”

From Mike Figliuolo: Balancing Risk and Empowerment in Decision Making

“As leaders, we say we want our people to be empowered and to go out and make decisions. We say we’re okay with them making mistakes and we’ll still support them making decisions on their own. But not really. I’m lucky to have a huge leadership lab in the form of the SmartBrief on Leadership weekly pulse poll. Every week I ask a leadership-related question and thousands of people respond to those polls. Sometimes I get a little sneaky and conduct my own experiments over the period of a few weeks. I conducted one of these experiments recently.”

From Bill Barnett: Winning as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

“Some people have a way of making things go right, no matter how badly they seem to be going wrong. Why do winners seem to just keep winning?”

From Greg Satell: Data Bias Is Becoming A Massive Problem

“What makes data bias so damaging is that we are mostly unaware of it. We assume that data and analytics are objective, but that’s almost never the case. Our machines are, for better or worse, extensions of ourselves and inherit our subjective judgments. As data and analytics become a core component of our decision making, we need to be far more careful.”

From Shane Parrish: The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled

“‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Do you ever ask kids this question? Did adults ask you this when you were a kid? Even if you managed to escape this question until high school, then by the time you got there, you were probably expected to be able to answer this question, if only to be able to choose a college and a major. Maybe you took aptitude tests, along with the standard academic tests, in high school. This is when the pressure to go down a path to a job commences. Increasingly, the education system seems to want to reduce the time it takes for us to become productive members of the work force, so instead of exploring more options, we are encouraged to start narrowing them.”

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