Weekend Leadership Reading: 8/28/20

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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

From Greg Satell: Here’s How We’re Killing Innovation In America

“Throughout America’s history, technological innovation has been key to security and prosperity. Whether it was through entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Thomas Watson, or government programs like the Manhattan Project, the Apollo Program and the Human Genome Project, The United States has been on the cutting edge.”

From Brenda Schmidt: What We’re Learning (The Hard Way) About The Need For Corporate Innovation

“In the face of a once-in-a-century crisis, it’s tempting to try to duck and hide until it’s over. But hunkering down will only compound the misery. Here’s a better plan.”

From Wharton: It’s Time to Rethink How You Innovate

“The fallout from the pandemic has created new opportunities that organic growth leaders are best able to capture. By investing more in their pool of innovation talent, giving these people the latitude to seize these opportunities, and encouraging prudent risks, these growth leaders will extend their lead further, write Wharton’s George S. Day and Gregory P. Shea in this opinion piece. Day, an emeritus professor of marketing, and Shea, an adjunct professor of management, base these recommendations on their research into what sets growth leaders apart from their slower-moving rivals.”

From Chris Foster: How businesses can fast-track innovation to help during a crisis

“‘Unrealistic’ timelines can actually work. Here’s how.”

From Rod Collins: Breakthrough innovation and corporate antibodies

“Back in 2013, The Harvard Business Review featured several articles on how companies could ‘put the breakthrough back into innovation.’ In one of the articles, Regina E. Dugan and Kaigham J. Gabriel highlighted a problem that continues to plague businesses today: most companies have difficulty delivering breakthrough innovation.”

Book Suggestions

Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell

Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World by Rod Collins

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon, et al.

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my review of Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life.

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