Weekend Leadership Reading: 4/20/18

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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

From Ben Thompson: Amazon Go and the Future

“The economics of Amazon Go define the tech industry; the strategy, though, is uniquely Amazon’s. Most of all, the implications of Amazon Go explain both the challenges and opportunities faced by society broadly by the rise of tech.”

From McKinsey: Five Fifty: Success with a capital Zzzz

Several articles on sleep, its importance, and related issues. Quick reads linked to deeper dives on several related topics.

Book Suggestion: Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

From the Harvard Business Review: You May Be a Workaholic If

“Nancy Rothbard, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, draws a distinction between workaholism and working long hours. She explains the health consequences of being addicted to your work. She also gives practical advice for managing work addiction, whether it’s you who’s suffering, your direct report, boss, peer, or partner. Rothbard is the coauthor of the HBR article ‘How Being a Workaholic Differs from Working Long Hours — and Why That Matters for Your Health.'”

From Reed Abelson and Julie Cresswell: The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

“Is the doctor in? In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. Nor does it have a simple answer, as primary care doctors become increasingly scarce.”

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

From Adi Gaskell: Are Self-Employed People Happier?

“The study found that self-employed people not only found work more rewarding but also enjoyed it more than their peers in full-time work. This is despite often working longer hours and having less job security than their employed peers.”

Book Suggestion: Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms by Jessica DiLullo Herrin

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