Weekend Leadership Reading 12/8/17

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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 why the holidays are good for innovation, “survivor bias” and you, next generation performance management, and lessons from history on the economy, AI, and automation.

From Pete Foley: Why Holidays are Good for Innovation

“It is Holiday Season, and while Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fading in the rear view mirror, holiday shopping season remains in full swing. And holidays are good for innovation. Santa delivers a fair number of gadgets, electronics, luxury items and other new stuff that has roots in innovation.”

From Greg Satell: Don’t Bet On Someone Else’s Success Story

“Every bold new business idea starts with a success story. Either it is a single organization or an aggregate sample that implemented a particular strategy and achieved outstanding results. That solid track record helps to convince others to adopt it, yet somehow the new management fad fails to deliver as promised. The problem is often one of survivorship bias. While it’s fairly easy to find an examples of those who were successful with a particular strategy, the ones who tried it and failed are often overlooked. Other times, a post hoc fallacy is at work. Just because someone implemented a particular strategy doesn’t mean that’s what led to success.”

From Lorenzo Galli: Next Generation Performance Management

“Alan Colquitt is the Director of Global Assessment, Workforce Research, and Organizational Effectiveness at Eli Lilly and Company. He has spent over 30 years helping organizations implement scientifically sound and effective people and organizational practices. He is the author of the recently published book “Next Generation Performance Management: The Triumph of Science over Myth and Superstition” and he has spoken tirelessly on how to transform performance management. Alan’s work and reputation led him to be named as one of the 100 top HR influencers of 2017 by Engagedly.”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Historical Perspective on the Digital Economy

“A few months ago, the magazine strategy+business (s+b) published a roundtable discussion between s+b editor-in-chief Art Kleiner, economic historian Carlota Perez, and PwC UK partner Leo Johnson. The discussion was centered on Perez’s theory of technology revolutions and economic cycles. In her 2002 influential book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages and in several other publications, Perez framed the digital economy of the past few decades from a historical perspective. If we examine the long term historical big picture, patterns emerge which can help guide our understanding and planning for the future.”

From Susan Lund and James Manyika: Five lessons from history on AI, automation, and employment

“History tells us that in the long run, technology is a net creator of jobs. Is this time different?”

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