Weekend Leadership Reading: 4/13/18

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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 five thoughtful articles with different perspectives on innovation.

From McKinsey: Learning innovation in the digital age

“As the workplace changes, so must education and training. Exciting experiments are under way—but are they enough?”

From the London Business School: Innovation? It’s child’s play

“Jeff Weers’ love of baseball may have inspired him to develop a breakthrough in drug delivery but chance also played its part”

From Adi Gaskell: Study Reveals An Innovation Chasm Within Organizations

“Innovation is something that most organizations are striving for, but a recent report from EY found a fundamental disconnect between what executives want and what junior-level employees feel empowered to provide. The study found that whilst 91% of executives thought that new ideas were welcomed, this number plummeted to just 54% of entry-level employees.”

From Google: New re:Work guides on innovation

“Innovation can happen anywhere in an organization. Get tips on how to encourage more innovative behavior and grow your people’s ability to solve problems in new and creative ways.”

From Greg Satell: Why The Future Will Always Surprise Us

“There were two major eras of innovation in the 20th century. The first hit its stride in the 1920s and the second had its biggest impact in the 1990s. We’re now on the brink of a new era of innovation and its impact will likely be profound. Though much like Drucker back in the 1930s, we are still unable to fully grasp what is yet to come.”

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

Wally’s Comment: Mapping Innovation is the first book on innovation that I’ve ever been willing to recommend without reservation. You can find out why by reading my full review. You can also check out my highlights and notes on Goodreads.

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