Weekend Leadership Reading: 7/12/19

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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 agile leadership and orgamizations.

From McKinsey & Company: The agile manager

“Who manages in an agile organization? And what exactly do they do?”

From Phanish Puranam and Julien Clément: Why Agile May Be Fragile

“The hype around Agile organisations needs some debunking, so that Agile’s actual value can be salvaged.”

From the Forbes Coaches Council: Agile Leadership’: 13 Definitions Of A Successful Professional

“No matter your skill level or experience, being an agile leader can make a big difference in your flexibility as a manager, as well as your ability to adapt to the business world around you. To better define what ‘agile leadership’ really means, we asked members of Forbes Coaches Council to share their definition of an agile leader and why it is an important goal professionals should strive for. Here’s what they had to say:”

From Heide Abelli: A New Age Demands New Leadership

“Technology has created new jobs that were once the realm of science fiction, and a work paradigm where organizations break down siloes, redistribute decision making, and flatten the corporate hierarchy into connected networks is becoming the norm. Just as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation, and data science have evolved from imagination to reality, the business world has become smarter, faster, more agile, and more democratic. Advances in communication have connected global teams, collapsed distances, and require effective global and virtual collaboration. And the leader of the past is rapidly becoming obsolete.”

From the Columbia Business School: Six Traits of an Agile Leader

“Agile organizations require leaders who are perceptive, comfortable with their various roles, and clear about their path to value.”

From the London Business School: Strategic agility: a game of two halves?

“Organisations need to move fast, with leaders who can pivot. Look beyond corporate role models for inspiration, says John Dore.”

Book Suggestions

What I Didn’t Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World by Jay Barney and Trish Gorman Clifford

Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams, and Organizations by Pamela Meyer

Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change by William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland

The Agile Mind-Set: Making Agile Processes Work by Gil Broza

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of Quiet by Susan Cain.

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