Weekend Leadership Reading: 8/21/20

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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 teaching, learning and development.

From Shane Parrish: What Are You Doing About It? Reaching Deep Fluency with Mental Models

“Nearly all of the models themselves are perfectly well understandable by the average well-educated knowledge worker, including all of you reading this piece. Ideas like Bayes’ rule, multiplicative thinking, hindsight bias, or the bias from envy and jealousy, are all obviously true and part of the reality we live in. There’s a bit of a problem we’re seeing though: People are reading the stuff, enjoying it, agreeing with it…but not taking action. It’s not becoming part of their standard repertoire.”

From Josh Bersin and Marc Zao-Sanders: Making Learning a Part of Everyday Work

“As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative. Eighty percent of CEOs now believe the need for new skills is their biggest business challenge. For employees, research now shows that opportunities for development have become the second most important factor in workplace happiness (after the nature of the work itself). At the most fundamental level, we are a neotenic species, born with an instinct to learn throughout our lives. So it makes sense that at work we are constantly looking for ways to do things better; indeed, the growth-mindset movement is based on this human need. And whereas recruitment is an expensive, zero-sum game (if company A gets the star, company B does not), learning is a rising tide that lifts all boats.”

From Adi Gaskell: How Beneficial Could Apprenticeships Be In The Future Of Work?

“New educational approaches such as Massive Open Online Courses remain largely the preserve of the already well educated, and so an ever increasing divide is opening up between the skilled and the un-skilled. To try and fill this gap, various governments around the world have initiated policies designed to encourage apprenticeships that allow people to learn a trade on the job. Whilst these kind of policies have been increasingly common, question marks remain over the effectiveness, both of the policies themselves and of apprenticeships more broadly.”

From Vibhas Ratanjee: The Future of Leadership Development: A Global Mindset

“The future will belong to millennial leaders — who tend to be increasingly globally oriented and eager to explore the world — and millennials’ inclination to identify themselves as global citizens will further the push for a global viewpoint. A perspective that is unrestricted and unimpeded by a local economy or a local government. But few businesses are offering emerging leaders the scope of experience they’ll soon need.”

From Guillaume Roels: When Is Learning a Marathon and When Is It a Sprint?

“When training for your first marathon, you don’t just go out and run the 26.2 miles (42.2 km) the first day.”

From Roger Schank: Online college? Good idea, but is it the beginning of the end

“Universities are deciding to go online these days. One has to ask what we lose if they do. Might students actually win?”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

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