Weekend Leadership Reading: 4/6/18

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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 the impact of technology on our wellbeing, the war on talents, small businesses starting to use AI, Mark Zuckerberg’s dilemma, and Karl Weick on renewal.

From the London School of Economics: The impact of the technical revolution on our well-being

“An overview of the existing research on the changing world of work and its associated risks, by Lawrence Waterman.”

Book Suggestion: The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era by Amy Blankson

From Patrick Gorman: McKinsey & Co.’s Dominic Barton On Winning The War For Top Talent

“Global managing partner of McKinsey & Company Dominic Barton joined the firm in 1986 and has advised clients in industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial, so he has a lot of insight into what’s driving talent in today’s business landscape.”

Book Suggestion: The War for Talent by Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, and Beth Axelrod

From the Economist: Non-tech businesses are beginning to use artificial intelligence at scale

“Artificial intelligence is spreading beyond the technology sector, with big consequences for companies, workers and consumers, says Alexandra Suich Bass”

Wally’s Comment: I’ve linked you to the lead article in the Economist’s Special Report: GrAIt expectations

From James Heskett: What Should Mark Zuckerberg Do?

“Facebook is in crisis. Its business model is based on sharing customer data with partners, but many of those customers are in revolt over privacy concerns. James Heskett asks: What would you do if you were CEO Mark Zuckerberg?”

Wally’s Comment: James Heskett’s posts are always thoughtful and insightful but you get even more value if you read the comments.

Here are pointers to two books about Facebook.

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick

From Ed Batista: Karl Weick on Renewal

“In my work as an executive coach to senior leaders, I typically see my clients every few weeks over a period of years as they navigate a series of large-scale, long-term challenges. This inevitably entails accompanying them through periods of difficulty when their efforts have ‘stalled, turned sour, or become meaningless,’ to use a vivid phrase from Karl Weick’s How Projects Lose Meaning: The Dynamics of Renewal, a compelling essay in Renewing Research Practice. This 2004 volume is primarily aimed at helping academics overcome obstacles in their field, but Weick’s chapter has relevance for professionals in any discipline:”

Wally’s Comment: This post is an excellent example of why I read Ed Batista’s blog. His posts routinely bring together dots that I never thought to connect before.

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