Weekend Leadership Reading: 3/13/20

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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. This week there are articles about the impact of aging on you and on society/

From Ed Batista: The Final Third (On Mortality, Values and Spending Time)

“My wife Amy and I had lost people we loved before, but this was different. Rich and Roanak had something special about them, and the deaths of two such people in quick succession, in such unexpected ways, was not only an occasion for grief, but also an existential reckoning. Mortality was suddenly much more palpable, something I could feel and breathe. I began to see the world, and my experience in it, from a very different perspective. I had witnessed death before, but it seemed like something that happened to other people. Now I was beginning to realize that it would, in fact, happen to me.”

From Lynda Gratton: Welcome to the multi-stage life

“What will it mean for you, your business and society when more people reach the age of 100?”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Impact of an Aging Population on Economic Growth and Automation

“The world has been stuck in an era of slow economic growth over the past decade. Top economists and policy makers have proposed a number of explanations for the economic slowdown, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the reasons, on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it.”

From Dale Buss: Former PepsiCo R&D Chief Takes Big Leap To Transform Aging

“What Khan saw in Life Biosciences was the intersection of ‘two or three axes of my lifelong interests.’ One was ‘innovation making a difference in people’s lives,’ which he’d overseen as chief scientific officer of global research and development at PepsiCo and as president of global R&D for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. A second was helping create ‘scale impact: how food and agriculture can take on the challenge of rethinking health care and medicine for the global aging population.'”

From James Hewitt: How to grow old like an athlete

“The question of how to maximise ‘health span’ – the period of life during which we are generally healthy and free from serious disease – is increasingly prevalent both in and out of sport.”

From Amanda Claire Marshall, Nicholas Robert Cooper and Nicolas Geeraert: Keep Calm: It’s the Secret to Aging Well

“There is a large field of research that seeks to understand the factors that cause different rates of age-related decline. In particular, scientists look at how these factors change our ability to remember and pay attention to things in everyday life. We call such changes ‘cognitive aging.'”

Book Suggestions

A Long Bright Future by Laura Carstensen

The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder by Chip Conley

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO Of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger.

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