Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Tackling the To-Do List

Of all the Mondays that surface throughout a given year, this particular Monday has to be among folks’ least favorites. The first Monday after the start of a new year is generally when most people return “in force” to the office. Let’s face it, the majority of us work the kind of job where we were still diligently checking our e-mail and various digital devices during the stretch between Christmas and New Year’s Day. “Time off” is a relative term for most workers and it’s even more rare during times of economic uncertainty.

The new year is the start of many things. It’s when we attempt resolutions and use the first few days of January as a launching pad for change in our lives. The changing of the calendar is a great time to start something new. Of course, for the bulk of us, we entered our offices this morning with plenty to keep us occupied. Tackling a lengthy to-do list should probably replace resolutions as a New Year’s tradition.

It could be worse. You could have this executive’s to-do list. After reading it over, worrying about writing this blog didn’t bother me as much.

Author Bob Johansen understands the challenges that leaders currently face. In his book Leaders Make the Future, he discusses the disruptive environment that is causing a real challenge for traditional leaders. He terms our current era as a VUCA world, one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. What makes Johansen’s book interesting is that he takes a global perspective on the changing role of the leader. Backed by more than 10 years of research from the Institute for the Future, Johansen’s advice may help to solve some of the more complicated problems faced by leaders today.

It’s definitely worth a look … not that I mean to add another item to your lengthy to-do list.


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