Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/1/20

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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. This week there are articles by and about leaders: Mohan Valrani, Steve Mollenkopf, Phil Byrd Sr., Stewart Butterfield, Anna Szymanowska, and Tiger Tyagarajan

From Wharton: Al Shirawi Group’s Mohan Valrani: ‘In Gratitude, You Will Find Peace’

“Mohan Valrani was born in 1940 in an affluent family in Sind, then part of undivided India. The country was partitioned when Valrani was seven, and the family went overnight from being landlords to refugees. The Valranis left most of their wealth behind in Pakistan and went on to build a new life as immigrants in Gujarat, India. Today Valrani, at age 79, is co-founder, senior vice chairman and managing director of the Dubai-based Al Shirawi Group, one of the largest private conglomerates in the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf region. The group’s companies operate in industries ranging from manufacturing and engineering services to logistics, among several others.”

From David Gelles: He’s Stared Down Activists and Apple, and Is Still in Charge

“After a career spent working on ‘very important backup plans,’ Steve Mollenkopf has steered Qualcomm through one rough patch after another.”

From Dale Buss: Byrd Leads Trucking Giant To ‘Crawl, Walk, Run’ In Overcoming Industry Challenges

“From the driver shortage to onerous federal regulations to the autonomous-vehicle future, the issues facing Phil Byrd Sr. and the rest of the U.S. trucking business are humongous. But the president of Bulldog Hiway Express uses a consistent approach to all of the challenges that amounts to ‘crawl, walk, run.'”

From Sachin Waikar: Slack CEO’s Rise: From Games to a Workplace Communications Heavyweight

“Dharma Jeremy Butterfield was born in Lund, British Columbia, where the Pacific Coast Highway ends. He spent his early years in a log cabin, changed his name to Stewart Butterfield, and eventually cofounded Flickr and Slack, where he’s currently CEO.”

From the London Businesss School: You can make the best of any situation

“From B2B to B2C: health drink entrepreneur Anna Szymanowska MBA2018 talks about the importance of pivoting”

From Stephanie Mehta: A tech company finds purpose in the coronavirus crisis

“Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO of Genpact and a member of the Impact Council, explains how his employees are helping clients respond to work disruptions.

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