Weekend Leadership Reading: 2/23/18

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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 labor market in 2030, creating the future, humans and artificial intelligence, companies that are both big and innovative, and how to get better ideas.

From Karen Harris, Austin Kimson and Andrew Schwede: Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality

“The aim of this report by Bain’s Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new automation technologies and rising inequality will likely combine to give rise to new business risks and opportunities. These gathering forces already pose challenges for businesses and investors. In the next decade, they will combine to create an economic climate of increasing extremes but may also trigger a decade-plus investment boom.”

From Greg Satell: Silicon Valley Can’t Build The Future Alone

“In a sense, this shouldn’t be surprising. Silicon Valley is no longer a collection of swashbuckling upstarts battling corporate behemoths. Today, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft are the most valuable companies in the world. Younger firms, such as Facebook and Uber, have already become powerful forces in our lives. Perhaps most of all, the digital revolution is now two decades old and it has become very hard to move the needle. Compared with the personal computer, the Internet and the smartphone, smart watches and talking assistants don’t add that much value. To be truly useful, digital technology can’t stand alone, but must learn to empower industries in the physical world.”

Book Suggestion: Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell

From The Economist: Humans may not always grasp why AIs act. Don’t panic

“Humans are inscrutable too. Existing rules and regulations can apply to artificial intelligence”

From Adrienne Selko: Top 10 Biggest and Most Innovative Companies

“Sometimes it’s possible for a company to be both the biggest and the most innovative. Recently, Clarivate Analytics identified the most innovative organizations around the globe and we compared that against the IW 1000, which ranks the largest public manufacturers in the world, based on revenue.”

From Shane Parrish: Your First Thought Is Rarely Your Best Thought: Lessons on Thinking

“The best advice I’ve ever gotten about thinking came from a private-company CEO who has a thirty-year track record that’s up there with Warren Buffett’s. One day he said to me, ‘Shane, most people don’t actually think. They just take their first thought and go.'”

See my post, “‘What’s the answer?’ is the wrong question.”

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