Weekend Leadership Reading: 8/9/19

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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 are a grabag of interesting things that didn’t fit anywhere else.

From Steffan Heuer: Silicon Valley think tank the Long Now Foundation is fighting the trend of short-term goals

“Imagine time as a stack of atmospheric layers that all move at their own speed – with nature as the slowest and commerce the fastest. Sounds crazy? Then take some lessons from the San Francisco-based think tank which is taking the very long view.”

From Wharton: The Impact of Social Media: Is it Irreplaceable?

“In little more than a decade, the impact of social media has gone from a being an entertaining extra to a fully integrated part of nearly every aspect of daily life for many.”

From Mark Seabright: Effective virtual teams – The big picture

“Virtual teams use email and social media to communicate. It’s hard to think of any team that isn’t virtual to some extent. When your team are in different buildings, time-zones or cultures, traditional face-to-face management techniques may not work.”

From Ben Lyttleton: How to manage mavericks

“The more managers can get along with mavericks, and the more their coworkers can understand their contributions, the better the results for all. The world of soccer, in which the most talented players are often the hardest to manage, has wrestled with this issue for a long time. So how do soccer coaches cope, and what can we learn from them?”

From Joel Trammell: Professionalizing the CEO Role

“Over the past decade, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to CEOs about their jobs. When we start talking process, it becomes very clear that the CEO job is one of the last holdouts when it comes to professionalization. We CEOs, like pre-professionalization salespeople, still tend to be lone guns. We often feel isolated. There isn’t much standardization around our role. And with a few exceptions (Chief Executive being a notable one), we haven’t had many resources that address the skills, knowledge, and responsibilities of the CEO job. It’s no wonder that 68% of CEOs, looking back, say that they were unprepared for the job. In another study, 50% said the job was ‘not what I expected beforehand.'”

From Eoin O’Carroll: Who’s the boss? In worker-owned cooperatives, everyone is

“While political pundits dicker over the merits and perils of socialism, 12% of the U.S. workforce are experimenting with business models that challenge top-down capitalism.”

Book Suggestions

SALT Summaries, Condensed Ideas About Long-term Thinking by Stewart Brand and Brian Eno

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel

Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United by Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz

The CEO Tightrope: How to Master the Balancing Act of a Successful CEO by Joel Trammell

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

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