Weekend Leadership Reading: 2/8/19

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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 change and culture.

From Wharton: ‘The Davos of Value Change’: Some New Topics Take Center Stage

“With fewer political leaders headlining, some unlikely voices were foregrounded. They included British broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough, who lamented the destruction of the natural world and the loss of biodiversity; Britain’s Prince William, who spoke of the urgent need to destigmatize mental health issues; and a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl named Greta Thunberg suggesting that her government and world leaders should panic about climate change, and in the process sparking off a worldwide campaign. Another high-profile participant was New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who had a joint appearance with Prince William to discuss mental health.”

From Harold Jarche: 25-10-3

“An understanding of the research on how and why groups of people change can lead to better ways of organizing as a society or an organization. For instance, small groups of committed individuals who want to influence society need a significant presence to make that change happen: twenty-five percent.”

From Adi Gaskell: Are People Really Afraid Of Change?

“All of which surely supports the argument that people hate change, right? Perhaps, but if we permit ourselves to consider the alternative, we might conclude that people are actually really good at change. Indeed, humanity has come to be defined by its ability to change and adapt to circumstances.”

From Shellie Karabell: Making Change Is Not a Matter of Willpower

“But on the ground, we know transformation rarely goes this smoothly. And research can help us understand why. In her new work, USC psychology professor Wendy Wood, currently a visiting chair at INSEAD-Sorbonne in Paris, has found that the process of change is more complicated than was previously realized. Creating change, she says, depends more on uncovering and changing habits than we have known.”

From Nathan Resnick: How CEOs Can Quickly Make Changes to Corporate Culture

“So what can you do if your company currently suffers from a poor corporate culture? Fortunately, executives are in a position to swiftly enact meaningful change and fend of the consequences of poor culture. Regardless of the changes you feel your company needs, the following steps are vital for bringing a cultural shift to life:”

Book Suggestions

Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab (WEF founder) and Nicholas Davis

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics) by Eric Hoffer

Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author by John P. Kotter

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace by S. Chris Edmonds

Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of Atomic Habits.

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