Weekend Leadership Reading: 8/2/19

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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 Ed Batista: A Better Information Diet

“We monitor what we eat and drink, optimizing our diet for health and performance, not just enjoyment–and yet we can be heedless about what we read, watch, and listen to. Our information diet is often the result of accident or happenstance rather than thoughtful planning. Even when we do choose deliberately, the intent behind much of our media consumption is simply to soothe or distract ourselves, not to nourish or enrich. It’s like having french fries for every meal. There are steps we can take to enjoy a better information diet, but if we want to do more than simply construct a set of rules that we might follow for a period of time and then abandon (as with so many diet plans), it’s useful to start with four principles related to how our brains operate.”

From Shane Parrish: The Buffett Formula: Going to Bed Smarter Than When You Woke Up

“Most people go through life not really getting any smarter. Why? They simply won’t do the work required.”

From Wharton: How Lifelong Learning Can Prepare You for the Future of Work

“New digital technologies are expected to take away many jobs. They will also create several new ones. However, to grasp these new opportunities, everyone must continuously learn new skills. ‘We will now have to move to a continuum of lifelong learning, which essentially means we have to be lifelong learners,’ says Ravi Kumar, president at Infosys, the digital services firm.”

From Adi Gaskell: The Need For Executives To Learn New Tricks

“A recent paper from Accenture highlights the importance of C-suite leaders adapting and learning new skills to successfully navigate the 4th industrial revolution.”

From Michael Schrage: What Baseball Can Teach You About Using Data to Improve Yourself

“From accelerometers to wind tunnels to high-speed, high-resolution digital cameras, the data for getting better at getting better is getting better. With personalized data, analytics, and training, motivated mediocrities can literally become All Stars. That insight is far bigger than baseball.”

From Jesse Sostrin: Develop better leadership habits to thrive in an age of information overload

“Learning to do more in-depth thinking and taking full advantage of hidden decision-making opportunities can reduce anxiety.”

From Adam Grant: How Your Strengths Can Sometimes Become Weaknesses

“Instead of striving to use your strengths more often, aim to use them more wisely.”

Book Suggestions

The Science of Rapid Skill Acquisition: Advanced Methods to Learn, Remember, and Master New Skills and Information by Peter Hollins

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin

The Innovator’s Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More than Good Ideas by Michael Schrage

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

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