Weekend Leadership Reading: 7/10/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. 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 from the challenges of COVID-19.

From Dan Bigman: A Changed World By 2030: How Covid Accelerates 6 Key Trends

“Covid will accelerate a slew of mega-trends already reshaping our world, predicts Wharton professor Mauro Guillen. Here’s what you should be watching.”

From Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O’Connell: What COVID-19 is revealing about your customers and employees

“Don’t let what you’re learning go to waste — capture it for post-crisis strategy and growth.”

From Patrick J. Kiger: Journeying Through the Pandemic

“As people across the U.S. and the world struggle with the challenge of living in societies ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the journey mindset described in the recent paper by Szu-chi Huang and Jennifer Aaker could prove to be a useful tool. Thinking in terms of a journey rather than a destination can help virus survivors and health care providers cope with post-traumatic stress.”

From McKinsey & Company: Psychological-safety leadership in a time of flux

“To gain some insights into what organizations are faced with and how leaders can respond, McKinsey senior partner and Organization Practice leader Aaron De Smet spoke with three experts: Amy Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School and author, most recently, of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth (Wiley, 2018); Richard Boyatzis, a pioneer in the field of emotionally intelligent leadership, professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University, and coauthor of Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth (Harvard Business Review Press, 2019); and Bill Schaninger, a senior partner at McKinsey who led the creation of McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index and who is a coauthor of Beyond Performance 2.0: A Proven Approach to Leading Large-Scale Change (Wiley, 2019). The following is an edited version of their conversation.”

From Will Grahame-Clarke: How the best businesses are adapting for survival

“The economy must go through a period of ‘creative destruction’. Here’s how business leaders can make it less destructive and more creative”

From Lionel Frankfort and Noah Askin: In the Current Crisis, Less Hierarchical Companies Show Special Resilience

“How can more traditional organisations leverage the cultural and behavioural aspects of self-management imposed by the Covid-19 crisis?”

From John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Maggie Wooll: Human inside: How capabilities can unleash business performance

“Companies need human capabilities more than ever. What can organizations do about it?”

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