Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/11/18

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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 getting rid of business schools, the growing importance of resilience, why you don’t want a team of stars,

From Harold Jarche: business schools are a technology of the last century

“Business schools are a technology of the last century, initially created to meet the demands of new corporations to train middle managers. They no longer meet the requirements of managers and business owners to deal with the complexity of business in the network era. It is time for a change.”

Book Suggestion: Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Growing Importance of Resilience in an Increasinsgly Turbulent World

“Most everyone agrees that dealing with our increasingly turbulent, complex world us requires significant enhancements to the resilience of our societies and systems. But, five critical barriers stand in the way:”

Book Suggestion: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

From Adam Grant: The Problem with All-Stars [podcast transcript]

“The evidence is pretty clear: no matter where you work, having an entire team of superstars can be a total disaster. It turns out that if you have a team of 10 people, you’re better off with six stars than eight. You see it on Wall Street: teams with mostly top analysts make worse financial recommendations than teams that have a mix of stars and average performers. The same is true in soccer: national teams with too many top players are less likely to win World Cup qualifying matches.”

Book Suggestion: The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership by Sam Walker

From Louise Lee: It’s Time to Value Stakeholders over Shareholders

“Why corporations need metrics that quantify how decisions affect things beyond the bottom line.”

Book Suggestion: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

From Dale Buss: Alger Award Recipient Knows How To Bootstrap – And Build Companies

“Nowadays, Don Daseke is CEO of Daseke Inc., a $1.2-billion, Dallas-based leader in the open-bed trucking industry that owns and operates 16 firms across the country. He’s made it the largest player in the industry in just nine years of building it.”

Book Suggestion: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

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