Readings To Start Your Week

Happy Monday everyone! To start your week off right, here are 5 interesting articles that we recommend:

From the NY Times: In a Culture Clash, Japan’s Olympus Ousts its British Chief – the struggling Japanese camera maker Olympus wanted a change agent. Just not this much change, evidently.

From Ed Bastista: Five Leadership Lessons – Two weeks ago I began working with my fifth class of Leadership Fellows at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and this coming week the Fellows meet the groups of first-year MBA students with whom they’ll be working this Fall in the school’s Leadership Labs. It’s prompted some reflections on what I’ve learned over the last five years about leading groups, with an emphasis on leader as coach and guide rather than as directive authority figure. (Although note that I continue to re-learn these lessons regularly–while I recognize their fundamental importance and try to integrate them into my own practice, I can’t say I’ve mastered any of them.)

From HBR Blogs: The Must-Have Leadership Skill – “We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months,” the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. “His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews. But within a week or two we were hearing pushback from the staff. They were telling us, ‘You hired a first-rate economist with zero social intelligence.’ He was pure command and control.”…Why does social intelligence emerge as the make-or-break leadership skill set?

From Intuit QuickBase Blog: How to Handle the 7 Most Cringe-worthy Coworker Situations – Smelly coworker, or inappropriately dressed coworker? Maybe it’s the colleague who sees meetings as a stage for her own monologues, you’re guaranteed to run into some awkward situations at work from time to time. Here are seven of the most awkward, and some tips on handling them.

From Zen Habits: How to Read More: A Lover’s Guide – Lots of people say they want to read more, but don’t know how to start. Read this. It should help.

Did you read any great articles lately?  Share them with us in the comments.

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