Weekend Leadership Reading 12/15/17

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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 getting more women comfortable with power, meditation and another great stress buster, and the future of work.

From the Hollywood Reporter: The Sheryl Sandberg Interview, by Shonda Rhimes

“Facebook’s chief operating officer talks to the prolific TV creator and showrunner about how to root out workplace bias and get more women comfortable with power.”

From Elizabeth Bernstein: Stressed Out, Anxious or Sad? Try Meditating

“Meditation can make you more compassionate and ease depression. Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of ‘Emotional Intelligence,’ on the benefits of focusing the mind.”

From Ken Blanchard: Gratitude: A Great Stress Buster

“Having just experienced a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve been reflecting on the relationship between thankfulness and stress. Recent research indicates that when you’re stressed out, if you stop and count your blessings and what you are thankful for, your stress will go away. Turns out that you can’t feel stress and be thankful at the same time. I love that!”

From The Psychologist: The changing workplace

“Six contributions consider how the pace of economic, technological, social and environmental change requires a re-evaluation of how we work now and in the future.”

From McKinsey & Company: What is the future of work?

“The future of work is one of the hottest topics in 2017, with conflicting information from various experts leaving plenty of room for debate around what impact automation technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will have on jobs, skills, and wages. In the first episode of the New World of Work podcast from the McKinsey Global Institute—which is being featured in the McKinsey Podcast series—MGI chairman and director James Manyika speaks with senior editor Peter Gumbel about what these technologies are, how they will change work, and what new research says we can expect.”

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