Weekend Leadership Reading: 2/26/21

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. 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. Here are pointers to this week’s articles.

From Adam Grant: Building a culture of learning at work

“How leaders can create the psychological safety for people to constantly rethink what’s possible.”

From Barry O’Reilly: Innovation Freeze: Why Major Companies Are Losing Their Markets and Talent

“Despite the unprecedented changes in our economy and workplaces in the past year, innovation is actually down in most industries.”

From LSE Business Review: The productive power of doubt. What if we lack the leaders we need because of how we think about doubt?

“People tend not to like leaders who are unsure and who take time to make decisions. A key part of Dominic Cummings’s role as advisor to the British prime minister was ‘overcoming Boris Johnson’s floundering procrastination’ and forcing him to make a decision. Nicola Reindorp, the incoming chief executive of Crisis Action, held herself back from CEO roles fearing her own doubtfulness. Then she decided to investigate the issue and discovered another side to doubt that is productive and powerful, not the destructive doubt of paralysis and pain, but a productive form of questioning and discovery.”

From Yale Insights: What Can Aviation Teach Business about Managing Errors?

“Managing errors in an open, immediate, and blame-free way has proven effective in aviation, but it took years and difficult lessons for the necessary cultural shifts to be assimilated. Professor Jan Hagen of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) talked with Global Network Perspectives about what other industries could learn from the aviation industry’s experience.”

From Dov Seidman: Moral leadership matters now more than ever

“Human systems can’t function without formal authority, whether it’s the President of the US, a CEO or a school principal, but what makes organizations really work is when leaders occupying those formal positions have moral authority too. While formal authority can be seized, won, or bestowed; moral authority must be earned by who you are and how you lead.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to last week’s “Book Recommendations for Business Leaders.

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