Weekend Leadership Reading: 3/19/21

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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.

From Wharton: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Sensitive Questions

“In the dance that is conversation, participants are often reluctant to ask sensitive questions for fear of stepping on their partner’s toes. But that fear is overblown, according to new research that shows that most people don’t really mind answering sensitive questions, and asking them doesn’t leave a bad impression. In fact, direct questions about delicate topics can lead to deeper, more meaningful conversations that foster greater understanding and bring people closer together.”

From Chief Executive: 100 Years Ago, Alexander Fleming Revealed The Key To Breakthrough Ideas

“Researchers are using cutting-edge science and technology to defeat Covid-19. But 100 years ago, Alexander Fleming made a discovery that would help vanquish an even deadlier scourge—and he did it simply by paying attention.”

From INSEAD: Strategy and Leadership Lessons From the ‘Notorious RBG’

“As the business world increasingly strives to be a catalyst for social justice and societal progress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work provides many valuable lessons for leaders.”

From Strategy+Business: Why leaders need a long-term view

“When a business is going well, I’ve seen leadership teams conform to an unwritten 80-20 rule of thumb: They spend about 80 percent of their time focused on growth for the long term and only 20 percent managing the short term. But when things are not going well, I’ve observed the opposite: The temptation is to focus almost exclusively on the short term, with leaders spending a mere fraction of their time looking ahead.”

From the Christian Science Monitor: Remote work is here to stay – and it’s changing our lives

“Until a year ago Mr. D’Evelyn went to work like most of us did – more than most of us did, actually, given his consultant’s life of spending four days of every week at a client’s site on the road. But then last March he was sent home. At which point he became an involuntary part of what might be the largest natural experiment in the history of work.”

From HBS Working Knowledge: Key to Doing Your Best at Work? Be Yourself

“Hiding your quirks and opinions won’t get you ahead. ‘Badass’ leaders bring their bold, authentic selves to work, without apology, says Francesca Gino.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future.

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