Weekend Leadership Reading: 8/17/18

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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 creating a learning culture, why and how CEOs fail, leadership learning, leadership development, and an increased need for training.

From Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Josh Bersin: 4 Ways to Create a Learning Culture on Your Team

“LinkedIn’s talent research shows that half of today’s most in-demand skills weren’t even on the list three years ago. As a result, there is now a premium on intellectual curiosity and learnability, the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one’s skill set to remain employable”

From Michael Jarrett: Six Reasons CEOs Fail

“While the average tenure of HBR’s global top 100 CEOs is 17 years, the average tenure of S&P 500 CEOs is now around five years, a drop of 20 percent since 2013. Most such leaders tend to fail or get pushed out of the job long before the likes of the global top 100 even start to wobble. Long-lasting iconic leaders are the exception rather than the rule.”

From the London School of Economics: The changing dynamic of career development in the age of portfolio careers

“Men and women may have different needs at different points in the career cycle, writes Lisa Mainiero”

From Jesse Sostrin: How Transformation-Ready Leaders Learn

“If you want to weather disruption with greater resilience, you can increase your transformation readiness with more dynamic learning. It won’t cost you anything beyond a little time and focus, but you have to actively look for these opportunities to learn and grow. Because outlook is so critical to the discipline of learning from daily experiences, I focus on the six perspectives that inform learning agility.”

From the Economist: More staff training is vital

“AMERICAN companies spent $91bn on staff training last year, almost a third as much again as they did in 2016. That equated to more than $1,000 for every staff member being taught, according to a survey by Training magazine.”

Book Suggestions

The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders by Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell

The Right—and Wrong—Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade</em> by Carter Cast

The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.

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