Weekend Leadership Reading: 2/16/18

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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 the learning mindset of the SEALS and zen monks, self-improvement myths, deep fun, what Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, and Steve Jobs had in common, and the best companies to work for.

From Steve Taubman: Zen Monks, Navy SEALS, And You

“In the area of mindset management, nothing rivals the lessons from Zen philosophy or from Navy SEAL training. And, the most important of those lessons differs very little regardless of which of those sources you explore.”

From D. Christopher Kayes and James R. Bailey: 4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back

“Advice on how to improve one’s self is everywhere. It accounts for about 2.5% of all book sales in the United States. Add in speeches, training programs, TV programs, online-products, coaches, yoga, and the like, self-help is a $10 billion industry per year, and that’s just in the U.S. However, research shaybe another soon after.ows that much of the advice extolled may be misleading or even wrong. Several myths about performance persist, despite research and practices that show they are half-truths at best.”

From Daniel Coyle: The Importance of Deep Fun

“For some time now, organizations have fallen in love with the idea of maximizing engagement at work. This has led to a proliferation of fun: foosball, Nerf, ping-pong, and pinball games — and, along the way, perhaps contributed to the frat-house vibe that marks dysfunctional bro culture. Here’s a great article from Jacob Morgan that unearths a simple truth: there are two types of engagement. The first type is shallow fun: when employees play games. The second type is deep fun — when employees take ownership of their experience inside the group.”

Thanks to Adam Grant for pointing me to this post.

From Heleo: The One Key Trait that Einstein, da Vinci, and Steve Jobs Had in Common

“Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the #1 bestselling author of biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and most recently, Leonardo da Vinci. Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist, the top-rated professor at Wharton, and the #1 bestselling author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. The two recently sat down to discuss what made da Vinci and Steve Jobs so brilliant, and what we can do to follow in their footsteps.”

Book Suggestion: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

From Fortune: 100 Best Companies to Work For 2018

“Come for the generous sabbaticals, all-expenses-paid trips, or eye-popping bonuses, but stay for the parental leave, visionary management, and sense of purpose. Fortune’s 21st annual list of the country’s greatest places to work truly has something for everyone. And, they’re hiring.”

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