Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/10/19

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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 end of management as we know it.

From the London School of Economics: Exploring the debate on the future of work: the end of management?

“Three tendencies to consider: semantic inflation, disruption and the need to rethink management – by François-Xavier de Vaujany”

From the London School of Economics: What explains the evolution of management models over the past two centuries?

“New management models emerge in response to the organizational challenges created by technological revolutions, write Bodorovic and Adler”

From Theodore Kinni: Middle Managers Deserve More Respect

“Gary Hamel of London Business School thinks middle management should be eradicated; Bob Sutton of Stanford doesn’t like it but grudgingly acknowledges its inevitability — death, taxes, and the branch manager. The New York Times isn’t publishing a ‘Windowless Office’ column about today’s most interesting managers, nor are business book readers clamoring for bios of the manager of a Tesla store or the director who runs a portion of iTunes. None of us looks to managers for leadership lessons. But maybe we should.”

From Stephen Kurczy: Millennials Spur a Management Revolution

“As millennials become business managers, they’re fueling a shift toward untraditional management methods aimed at spurring innovation, says Todd Jick, a senior lecturer in the discipline of business.”

From Greg Satell: Here’s What Pundits Who “Predict” The Future Always Seem to Get Wrong

“We often fail to predict the future accurately because we don’t account for our capacity to surprise ourselves, to see new possibilities and take new directions. We interact with each other, collaborate and change our priorities. The future that we predict is never as exciting as the one we eventually create.”

Book Suggestions

The Future of Management by Gary Hamel and Bill Breen

It’s the Manager: Gallup finds the quality of managers and team leaders is the single biggest factor in your organization’s long-term success by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter

Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business by Kevin Kruse

Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual by David Burkus

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Bedtime Stories for Managers: Farewell to Lofty Leadership. . . Welcome Engaging Management by Henry Mintzberg

Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.

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