This week’s Quick Reads focus on change, leadership, employee engagement, and continuous improvement.


This blog post from @Leadershipfreak begins, “The status quo makes sense to the fearful” and outlines 7 Questions That Confront Paralysis for leaders including this one, which helps leaders move folks to think about a solution, “I hear what we can’t do. What can we do?”

A common trait among successful entrepreneurs is emotional intelligence, which, according to 5 Unforgettable Leadership Qualities for Successful Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur), means “the capacity to be aware of, control and express our emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships fairly and empathetically.” Emotional intelligence grounds the five qualities presented in the article.

Are you a leader that encourages self-evaluation among your colleagues? Do you share your own self-awareness with them? Check out Tip 4 from “7 Ways to Turn Your Employees Into High Performers” from Tracy Maylett, CEO of DecisionWise.

This is a message of “a leader [telling] a visionary story” to challenge leaders at all levels that “being a leader happens RIGHT NOW, today, and can be done without money, without authority, and without anybody.” Thanks, James Altucher, via LinkedIn for Most Leadership Advice Is Useless. Here’s What I Really Learned in Running 20 Companies.

Change management? Yes, aka, Disruptive Innovation. Check out the message:

Defending against disruptive innovation is a badly misunderstood art. It does not involve denial or stonewalling. It must not, in other words, be rooted in defensiveness. Rather, it should focus on neutralizing the disrupter’s differentiation as quickly as possible.

What Moore suggests in “Attention Fortune 500 CEOs: The Best Offense is a Good Defense” is to “defend your business model by modernizing your operating model…”

Quick Reads offers us an opportunity to share some of what we’re reading each week. Let us know how you connect with the articles and share with us and WRIE readers what you’re reading.


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