Weekend Leadership Reading: 6/8/18

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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 learning innovation, extraordinary popular delusions, why you should stop reading the news, crisis leadership, and an interview with Ed Catmull.

From Adi Gaskell: Why Innovation Can Be Taught

“The question of whether creativity and innovation is ingrained or learned is one of the more enduring topics of debate in leadership circles. The latest addition to the discussion comes via a paper from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.”

Book Suggestion: Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell

From Greg Satell: Real Businesses Have Real Assets

“Today, once again physical assets are going out of vogue. Pundits preach that instead of building things in the real world, business should ‘harness the power of networks.’ and create platforms based on digital, intellectual, and relationship assets.’ The truth is that this is just a new version of the Enron pixie dust of 20 years ago. Real businesses have real assets.”

Book Suggestion: This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff

From Shane Parrish: Why You Should Stop Reading News

“There are several problems with the way we consume news today:”

Book Suggestion: Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News by Jeff Jarvis

From Stanislav Shekshnia, Kirill Kravchenko, and Elin Williams: The Best CEOs Are Ready for Crises

“Leading CEOs know that a crisis could strike at any time. They’re prepared and cool in the face of adversity.”

Book Suggestion: Forged in Crisis: The Making of Five Courageous Leaders by Nancy Koehn

From McKinsey: Staying one step ahead at Pixar: An interview with Ed Catmull

“The cofounder of the company that created the world’s first computer-animated feature film lays out a management philosophy for keeping Pixar innovative.”

Book Suggestion: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

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