Weekend Leadership Reading on learning: 2/5/21

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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 McKinsey & Company: The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage

“Learning itself is a skill. Unlocking the mindsets and skills to develop it can boost personal and professional lives and deliver a competitive edge.”

From Kellogg Insight: Why Do Some People Succeed after Failing, While Others Continue to Flounder?

“In a new paper published in the 150th anniversary issue of Nature, Wang and colleagues developed a mathematical model to pinpoint what separates those who succeed from those who merely try, try again. Along with PhD student Yian Yin and postdoctoral researcher Yang Wang at CSSI, and James A. Evans of the University of Chicago, Wang found that success comes down to learning from one’s prior mistakes—for instance, continuing to improve the parts of an invention that aren’t working rather than scrapping them, or recognizing which sections of a denied application to keep and which to rewrite.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story.

From London Business School: Stop sleepwalking through life

“How traumatic events can help you come back better and stronger”

From Harvard Business Review: Why Skills Training Can’t Replace Higher Education

“Much of the current media-reported posturing by policy makers and pundits about the failure of U.S. colleges and universities to adequately prepare people for the 21st workplace is either ill informed or misguided, in my opinion.”

From Harvard Business Review: Are You Ready to Be Coached?

“Before you decide to work with an executive coach, assess your readiness to ensure you’ll actually benefit and grow from the experience. Take a look at yourself in the context of seven characteristics of successful coachees. Are you willing to hold yourself accountable for making progress?”

From London Business School: Ancient wisdom for modern business leaders

“What can philosophy teach business? LBS experts help make the case for the humanising influence of Aristotle and Nietzsche”

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