Weekend Reading: September 2017

Weekend Reading: September 2017

It’s Friday! As usual, we’ve compiled our favorite articles and essays from the last month for you to enjoy over the weekend.

Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmonson and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative learning engineer Bror Saxberg make an emphatic case in the McKinsey Quarterly for prioritizing lifelong learning in the business world. With the rise of AI and robotics, they write, the complex cognitive and emotional skills that make us human are more crucial than ever:

“[T]he future of learning is not in the classroom. It’s in the field finding ways to do better while doing the work. This won’t happen by chance. You need to model learning behaviors and invest in the development of learning processes and tools. . . You also need to create a psychologically safe environment in which people feel comfortable taking the risks that come with experimentation and practice; giving and receiving candid feedback; asking questions; and acknowledging failures. Learning must be built into every aspect of the organization.”

Elsewhere on the Internet:

What does it mean to be open-minded? Luke Smillie asks this question in a fascinating article for the Scientific American – and it turns out that open-minded people literally see the world differently.

Crain’s Cleveland Business featured a comprehensive Q&A with our executive director Ann Kowal Smith on the origins, growth and purpose behind Books@Work.

“Each of us is made up of our lived experiences,” writes author Claire Messud for Literary Hub in an essay on narratives and how they shape us, “but also, both consciously and unconsciously, of all the stories that we have heard, read or watched.”

It turns out that rude behavior in the workplace can cause greater damage than you’d think The Wall Street Journal examines the new research.

Alison Gopnik and Tom Griffiths share their recent findings on why our creative minds seem to decline as we age for the New York Times.

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Maredith Sheridan

Maredith Sheridan

Maredith Sheridan is a Development Communications Associate at the Cleveland Orchestra and a part-time member of the Books@Work team. She continues to write posts for our blog.