Weekend Leadership Reading: 8/16/19

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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 trust.

From David Michels: The Trust Crisis in Business

“In an era of mistrust, company leaders can take specific steps to restore employees’ faith.”

From Jack McGuinness: Trust Is What Fuels Great Leadership Teams

“In this article we will discuss how trust on leadership teams can diminish and what steps leadership teams can take to repair trust. But first we will describe our view on what trust is all about. Trust is complex and has different meanings for different people and while it can be positive or negative it is emotionally charged. Webster defines trust as – ‘The belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.’ or a ‘Reliance on character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.’ Three important trust components emerge from this definition – Competence • Character • Dependability.”

From Matt Graham: Transparency Is Key to Building Trust in Business

“When an engine exploded on Qantas flight QF32 on Nov. 4, 2010, endangering the lives of 469 passengers and crew, the plane’s captain, Richard de Crespigny, didn’t curse, panic, or pray. Instead, he relied on the supreme trust he had in his organization and teammates.”

From the London School of Economics: The deep roots of the trust crisis

“Sigmund Freud, the public affairs industry, and the internet may all have played a part, write Isabelle Stanley and Rod Dowler.”

From Science of People: 12 Non-Awkward Team Building Activities That Build Trust

“No matter how smart, effective or impressive your team members, if you don’t have reciprocity and team trust, you cannot work together well. A close-knit, high trust team is also more productive. I want to show you why team building is not a ‘nice to have,’ it’s a ‘need to have.’ The best way to approach your team building activities is with team science.”

From Greg Satell: Before You Set Out to Transform Your Organization, You First Need to Build Trust

“All too often, transformation is seen as a simple matter of strategy and tactics, but it’s far more than that. Nobody can really drive change alone. You need buy-in from a variety of stakeholders, such as customers, employees, suppliers, analysts and investors to make it work. So before you set out to transform your organization, you first need to build trust.”

From Sandra Sucher and Shalene Gupta: The Trust Crisis

“Businesses put an awful lot of effort into meeting the diverse needs of their stakeholders — customers, investors, employees, and society at large. But they’re not paying enough attention to one ingredient that’s crucial to productive relationships with those stakeholders: trust.”

Book Suggestions

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change by Greg Satell

The SPEED of TRUST: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M .R. Covey, et al.

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust by Charles H. Green and Andrea P. Howe

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of The Art of Noticing.

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