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Welcome to a new section of my blog. On Fridays, I will include links to interesting articles I’ve read during the week. My hope is that you find the list worthwhile for some weekend reading.


(1) 7 Ways to Create a Business Culture that Promotes Learning and Development  by @ChuckLeddy via @TeresaAmabile. This includes: (1) Understand the barriers, (2) Incentivize sharing, (3) set up structure to support learning, (4) use shared physical space, (5) consider internal Systems of support, (6) hire people who are open, and (7) have leadership engage in learning.


(2) The Kind of Homework that Helps Coaching Stick  by @Moniquevalcour. I like the example of Anne who received a series of assignments to overcome her inability to speak up and get attention in meetings in an aggressive organizational culture.


(3) The Alarming, Long-term Consequences of Workplace Stress: Health problems associated with job-related anxiety account for more deaths each year than Alzheimer´s disease or diabetes by @Guillianwhite on a 2015 working paper from Harvard and Stanford business schools via @Jeffrey Pfeffer.


(4) The Last 90 Days: For successful bosses the end is almost as important as the beginning. I’m very interested in the idea that great leaders create a narrative about the future and the past in order to mythologize their legacy.


(5) A Time for Fewer, Better Friends: Starting in theirs 30’s, people deliberately narrow social circles; for one trio, tighter bonds by Clare Ansberry on Laura Carstensens socioemotional selectivity theory. As we get older, we place more value on social emotional rewards such as mentoring relationships.


(6) Is the Professor Bossy or Brilliant? Much Depends on Gender.  A study by Benjamin Schmidt from Northeastern University using data from 14 million students on the “Rate My Professors” has some intriguing findings (especially for those of us in the academia): Male professors are seen as brilliant, awesome, and knowledgeable, while female professors are bossy and annoying, and beautiful or ugly by @clairecm

Margarita Mayo

I´m Margarita Mayo. I´ve been a Professor of Leadership and Psychology at IE Business School since 2000. Prior to that I was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University and professor at Ivey Business School. I feel passionate about scientific dissemination, and I have more than 20 years of international experience teaching courses on soft skills, giving keynote conferences and coaching executives on leadership development and change management. Always eager to help develop the next generation of leaders.

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