Weekend Leadership Reading: 3/2/18

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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 emotionally intelligent teams, evidence-based management, Adam Grant’s take on most important leadership insights, and what Olympic athletes can teach us.

From Daniel Goleman: Create an Emotionally Intelligent Team

“But here’s the paradox about so-called knowledge work. Despite the name, academic knowledge turns out to be less important for productivity than social smarts. IQ, of course, gets seen as a critical competency for hiring in the tech world, but research shows that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is often a greater predictor of success.”

Book Suggestion: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Book Suggestion: The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith

Book Suggestion: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and Tantum Collins

From Pietro Marenco: Evidence-Based Management: From the What and the Why, to the How To

“However, up until now, the debate in the evidence-based management movement was centered more on what is it and why do we need it, than on how you do it. But now we are progressing: several practitioners in organizations are being trained on the principles and know-how to make evidence-based decisions, and interest – and commitment – of professional bodies and organizations is raising.”

Book Suggestion: Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-based Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

From Leigh Buchanan: This Renowned Wharton Professor’s Best Leadership Advice: For the Love of God, Stop Brainstorming

“Of course, people do get it wrong, though, which is one reason Adam Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School and author of the bestsellers Give and Take and Originals, is in such high demand to consult with companies. Inc. asked Grant–who has personally been involved with more than 100 studies and experiments–to identify the most important leadership insights research has produced. Here are seven that he highlighted.”

From the London School of Economics: Why an open mind on open science could reshape human knowledge

“Studies influence everything: discussions, policymaking, media debates and decision-making, writes Feras A. Batarseh”

From Yale Insights: Three Questions: Dr. Heidi Brooks on What Olympic Athletes Can Teach Us about Leadership

“During the Olympics, we have the chance to witness the world’s greatest athletes at work: these incredible subject-matter experts trying their best to make history. Here are some lessons for business leaders—many of whom also have aspirations to become (or to remain) best in class:”

Book Suggestion: Pacing for Growth: Why Intelligent Restraint Drives Long-term Success by Alison Eyring

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