Weekend Leadership Reading: 9/18/20

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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 leadership and management for a post-COVID world

From Stephen Jones: Does being ‘a jerk’ really help your career?

“Researchers have attempted to measure the relationship between highly disagreeable behaviour and power.”

From Fred Krieger: Managing the new era of flexible working

“Despite multiple predictions that COVID-19 would put an end to offices, it’s now clear the future of business won’t be fully digitised. Instead, physical and remote workspaces will coexist in a new era of flexible work.”

From Dan Bigman: ‘Be Human’: Marshall Goldsmith’s Best Leadership Advice Right Now

“Goldsmith is among the world’s most revered CEO coaches. His best advice for you right now? It has nothing to do with strategy.”

From Jon Katzenbach, Chad Gomes, and Carolyn Black: The power of feelings at work

“By aligning the pursuit of business objectives with the meeting of human needs, companies can tap into powerful emotional forces in their current cultural situations.”

From Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries: How I Taught the ‘Team from Hell’ to Trust Each Other

“Effective organisations rely on teamwork, not least because it facilitates problem solving. Many leaders, however, are ambivalent about teams. They fear overt and covert conflict, uneven participation, tunnel vision, lack of accountability and indifference to the interests of the organisation as a whole. Also, more than a few have no idea how to put together well functioning teams. Their fear of delegating – losing control – reinforces the stereotype of the heroic leader who handles it all.”

From Nele Van Buggenhout, Soraya Murat, and Tom de Sousa: Sustaining productivity in a virtual world

“Maintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.”

From Diana Dosik, Vikram Bhalla, and Allison Bailey: A Lot Will Change—So Must Leadership

“Before the coronavirus struck, it was already clear that winning the ‘20s would require approaches to business fundamentally different from those of the past. Becoming a bionic company, one that unleashes the full potential of people and technology, was already becoming an imperative. The COVID-19 pandemic seems only to have accelerated the need for this transformation. In order to survive, thrive, and compete successfully, companies now have only two years (or less) to get to where they might otherwise have hoped to be in five.”

From O. C. Tanner: Traditional Leadership is Dying

“Leadership is more important than ever in times of crisis. This year has brought multiple challenges to workplaces and gives leaders an opportunity to improve their leadership practices and help all employees thrive. Just as the workforce is quickly adapting to new work experiences and a new normal, leaders too must evolve their leadership styles to meet the needs of employees in an ever-changing situation”

From Adrienne Selko: Coping with the New Normal at Work

“‘Our current, and future, situation is giving employers an opportunity to rethink the way they are working with the goal of being agile, resilient and fluid to move forward successfully,’ said Maya Smallwood, EY Global PAS Employee Experience Leader,”

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