Weekend Leadership Reading: 3/26/21

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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 HBS Working Knowledge: COVID Killed the Traditional Workplace. What Should Companies Do Now?

“When the pandemic recedes, executives can’t expect office life to be as it was. But they can create a new work world that will keep employees happy and productive, say Harvard Business School faculty members.”

From Chief Executive: The Great Digital Acceleration

“The new challenge organizations face is to continue to build out and improve digital channels as we begin to adjust to post-pandemic life. It isn’t rocket science—but it’s not easy, either.”

From Harvard Business Review: What Covid-19 Has Done to Our Well-Being, in 12 Charts

“The pandemic has led to mental health declines, increased work demands, and feelings of loneliness. But the news isn’t all bad.”

From INSEAD Knowledge: Not Everyone Can Be Agile

“Most of what’s been written about Agile assumes that the methodology can be adapted to any organisation. But our analysis found that some companies are better suited to Agile than others. Those who aren’t a good fit and yet shoehorn themselves into the model risk burning money as well as upending organisational culture with little to show for their effort. GE can tell you that. The company’s years-long, unsuccessful attempt to implement Agile under then-CEO Jeff Immelt ended in 2017, when 30 percent of its market capitalisation had evaporated. Agile is a tool that should never become an end in itself.”

From Strategy+Business: Setting your company up for success in 2021

“Today, as vaccines are rolled out around the world (granted, at various degrees of speed and scale), people can start to imagine finding some stability. For the leaders who have been in response mode, it’s time to stop winging it and make a flight plan. Here are four actions companies can take to help improve customer experience, operations, and profitability for 2021 and beyond.”

From the University of Alabama Huntsville: CEOs should develop an ambivalent mindset in crises, says UAH professor’s research

“When their companies face crises like disruptive changes, the way chief executive officers (CEOs) perceive or interpret the crises matter for their companies’ adaptation to the changes, according to research by a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) associate professor of marketing.”

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