Weekend Leadership Reading: 5/4/18

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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 humble leadership, we have problems with engagement, Google’s post-mortem culture, conversations that kill your culture, and why leaders need different mindsets for different challenges,

From Dan Cable: How Humble Leadership Really Works

“When you’re a leader — no matter how long you’ve been in your role or how hard the journey was to get there — you are merely overhead unless you’re bringing out the best in your employees. Unfortunately, many leaders lose sight of this.”

Book Suggestion: Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results by Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell

From the London School of Economics: Mismanaged souls: why does employee engagement remain stubbornly low?

“The answer may lie in the often-overlooked issue of meaningful work, writes Katie Bailey”

Book Suggestion: The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery by Patrick M. Lencioni

From John Lunney, Sue Lueder, and Gary O’Connor: Postmortem culture: how you can learn from failure

“Failures are an inevitable part of innovation and can provide great data to make products, services, and organizations better. Google uses ‘postmortems’ to capture and share the lessons of failure.”

Wally’s Comment: For the same material from a different angle, check out Col. Ken Downer’s blog post, “The After Action Review: A Leader’s Guide.”

From Jeffrey Schwartz and Josie Thomson: Conversations That Kill Your Culture

“Deceptive messages can undermine your enterprise from within. Relabel and reframe them to develop positive narratives.”

Book Suggestion: The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

From Greg Satell: Great Leaders Learn To Shift Their Mindset

“In Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck argues, based on decades of research, that how we see ourselves is a major factor in what we can achieve. Whether it is children in school or executives in a boardroom, the mindset people adopt has a significant influence on how they perform. Yet what she doesn’t say is that we need different mindsets for different jobs.”

Book Suggestion: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

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