Welcome to this week’s edition of Elite Leadership Insights: Weekend Reads, a resource for you to utilize as you continue your leadership journey and packaged so you can casually read them over the weekend. We curate these articles from leading business and academic organizations. Continuous learning is a critical part of leadership improvement. Feel free to share this with your team. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Here are this week’s Weekend Reads. Enjoy and feel free to share this with your colleagues.

Why RTO Mandates are a Threat to Future Leadership, Fast Company, September 13, 2023. In an era when flexibility and autonomy are the new black, financial services leaders are ready to break the chains of traditional office norms. The results of a recent Deloitte and Workplace Intelligence survey make it clear that the future of the financial services sector is hanging in the balance, and leaders are prepared to walk out the door rather than surrender their hybrid work privileges.

Burnout is Attacking our Brains and Making it Harder to Excel at Work. ‘Deliberate Calm’ can Help us Adapt. Fortune, September 19, 2023. We’ve all learned to be resilient. The pandemic taught us that if nothing else. We’ve learned to get back up after a setback, to keep pressing forward, put in the time, do the work, and carry on. That’s no longer enough.

Colorado Coach Deion Sanders Keeps Repeating the Same Word Over and Over. It’s a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence, Inc. Magazine, September 18, 2023. They believe. That’s what Colorado head coach Deion Sanders said about his team after the Buffaloes won a nail-biting, double-overtime thriller against in-state rivals Colorado State. The phrase “we believe” has quickly become the Buffaloes’ rallying cry.

The Potency of Shortcuts in Decision-Making, MIT Sloan Management Review, September 6, 2023. How do CEOs make good decisions? At a time when senior leaders have access to more data and sophisticated analytics tools than ever before, the central challenge of making good decisions about hiring, product development, and resource allocation is increasingly not a lack of information. Rather, it is knowing how much information is enough, and how to use it.

How Self-Awareness Allows Leaders to Make a Greater Impact, SmartBrief, September 20, 2023. Before my first undercover assignment, I was sent back to the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy for a series of psychological tests to determine my level of self-awareness. I was disappointed because I expected to learn how to scissor-kick in high heels to take down a guy twice my size. At least, that’s how movies portray it. Alas, not for the first time did I learn that movies are entertainment with a tenuous grasp on reality.

PODCAST: Does Poverty Make You Behave Differently? Chicago Booth Review, September 13, 2023. How does the experience of poverty shape decision-making? Research suggests that, rather than bad decisions leading to poverty, being poor can lead to some poorer decisions. At the same time, research also indicates that the stark financial choices faced by poor people can actually make them better at assessing the trade-offs involved in some decisions.


Human-Forward Leadership: How To Create A Culture Of Psychological Safety, Forbes, September 12, 2023. Creating a safe and inclusive work environment is vital for fundamental employee well-being and for creating a workplace where everyone is set up to do their best work for the business. One key aspect of this is psychological safety – the belief that one can speak up, ask questions, and suggest new ideas without fear of negative consequences.

For the Love of the Game, KornFerry, September 2023. “Culture, culture, culture, culture, culture…. What the heck does that mean? I don’t care about culture. I don’t care if they like each other. I want to win. I’ve been on some teams where the quarterback didn’t like the receiver, but they darn sure made harmony when the ball was snapped.” When I first read those words recently from Deion Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Famer-turned-coach with the University of Colorado Buffaloes, it got my attention, to say the least. I mean, who doesn’t care about culture?

How the AI Revolution is Different: It Threatens White-Collar Workers, CBS News, September 21, 2023. The emergence of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT has aroused fears of these tools replacing people in a range of professions, from coders to truck drivers. Although such concerns tend to ignore technology’s potential to create jobs, new forms of AI do pose a risk to some workers, new research from Indeed suggests: white-collar workers.



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