Fresh leadership reads. xo, Julie

We are (still) interrupting this series on marrying speed and depth to bring you some more “mental sorbet.”

eric barker

Hello Sports Fans. This week’s roundup of leadership reads starts off with a client find (thanks, Jeff Bresnahan!), blogger Eric Barker (pictured right). Barker is a quick and pithy wit who writes on his own blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, as well as for Wired. One of his archived posts there, November, 2011’s Lab notes #12: Leadership is full of interesting tidbits – like how the Beatles can improve your followership’s experience.

From the workplace communication file, news outlets like Forbes and Marketplace Tech have picked up on an Atlantic article by writers Jessica Bennett and Rachel Simmons, Kisses and Hugs in the Office. The piece explores the prevalence of writing “xo” as part of an email sign off, particularly by women, in business email correspondence.

In Diane Sawyer’s newsroom, staffers say, the anchor uses xo so frequently that its omission can spark panic. – Jessica Bennett and Rachel Simmons, Kisses and Hugs in the Office.

Kofi AnnanAnd lastly, thank you, @DrMayaAngelou, for this link to your Black History Month series that includes a conversation with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2001, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan (pictured left). Talk about leading through change: the man’s peacemaking work took him into the heart of some of the late 20th century’s most brutal conflicts, in Bosnia, Rwanda and throughout the Middle East. He’s recently authored the memoir Interventions: A Life in War and Peace. It looks like you can get the whole series on itunes, or check local listings for remaining broadcasts.

And if you check it out, it might do for you what it did for me: Put new product launches, sales communication efforts, strategic planning and the in-laws back in perspective. Happy reading.

Images courtesy Eric Barker and Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special.