Weekend Leadership Reading: 6/1/18

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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 pointers to articles about human-machine work teams, automation and the future of work, AI and white collar jobs, why you shouldn’t have blind faith in AI, and intelligent machines in the world of work.

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Human-Machine Work Teams

“While no one really knows the answer to these questions, most studies of the subject have concluded that relatively few occupations, 10% or less, will be entirely automated and disappear over the next 10 – 15 years. Instead, a growing percentage of occupations will significantly change as technologies automate the more routines tasks within those occupations. People will still be involved, but their jobs will be transformed by the advanced tools they now have to master. Moreover, a growing technology-based economy will likely create all kinds of new occupations, which will more than offset declines in occupations displaced by automation, – as has been the case over the past couple of centuries.”

Book Suggestion: Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI by Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson

From Jacques Bughin, Eric Hazan, Susan Lund, Peter Dahlström, Anna Wiesinger, and Amresh Subramaniam: Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce

“Demand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?”

From Andrew Scott: AI and white collar jobs

“Advances in technology will take some of our jobs while creating others. The transition won’t be easy but there’s room for hope.”

Book Suggestion: The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

From Ian Chipman: Susan Athey: Why Business Leaders Shouldn’t Have Blind Faith in AI

“Telling cats from dogs is easy. It’s the what-ifs that get problematic.”

From Randy Swearer: Learning to Embrace Intelligent Machines in the New World of Work

“Here are five actionable steps to help manufacturers face the smart machine uprising with arms wide open.”

Book Suggestion: Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin

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