Weekend Leadership Reading: trends, tools, and forecasting 2021

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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 trends, tools, and forecasting 2021.

From Eric J. McNulty: To see the future more clearly, find your blind spots

“After being bombarded with disruption in 2020, executives can better prepare for the next crisis by considering new perspectives.”

From Bain & Company: Covid-19 Has Upended Business. Which Trends Will Stick?

“Businesses can use four tools to forecast the turning point for new technologies and trends”

From Tammy Erickson: 10 things leaders need to do now

“For leaders, the future of work is now. Shifts that we anticipated would occur over the coming decade happened virtually overnight as the pandemic forced new ways of working on organisations around the world. The good news is that these shifts were inevitable. Today’s environment is simply helping smart leaders make the necessary changes immediately and more decisively, and strengthening their businesses now and for the years ahead. Here are 10 things you need to do now to be successful today and build for tomorrow:”

From Brian X. Chen: The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

“Before the coronavirus transformed our lives, the lists of tech to watch each year were often dominated by whiz-bang gizmos like smart speakers and curved televisions. But the pandemic has pushed us to embrace useful technology that was often overlooked. Once lame or gimmicky apps on our devices suddenly became central tools.”

From DDI World: 10 Hot Leadership Topics for 2021

“The top 10 hot leadership topics for 2021 and emerging trends that will shape the future of work, according to top HR and leadership influencers.”

From the Economist: The World in 2021 – Ten trends to watch in the coming year

“DO YOU FEEL lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It’s the minimum age at which you can enter a casino in America, and the name of a family of card games, including blackjack, that are popular with gamblers. All of which seems strangely appropriate for a year of unusual uncertainty.”

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