Congratulations! You made it! You survived the toughest week of the year; a week that started with the most depressing day of the year. For those of you that weren't quite ready to dive into the new year's work and spent most of the week scrolling your newsfeed and ultimately avoiding your boss, you can skip this post. You probably saw these already! For those of you who hit the ground running, here’s what was trending this week: 1. Holacracy: The Hot Management Trend for 2014? Invented in the early 2000s by entrepreneur Brian Robertson, holacracy is a management structure based on the tasks a company needs to accomplish, rather than a standard reporting structure. Get ready to see this topic everywhere in 2014. We'll discuss the pros and cons of this new structure in posts to come but this is a good preview of what everyone is talking about.
2. Jelly - Fostering Empathy and Changing the Game: Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone revealed his top-secret new startup Jelly, a mobile app that enables users to ask short questions of their social network through pictures. Stone sat down with techcrunch this week and talked about a more unique and ambitious purpose for the app, one that focuses on foster greater empathy amongst users. While it might sound grandiose, I can't help but think about the potential this app could have for helping to spread collaboration and knowledge inside the enterprise.
3.Want to learn a new skill? Practice in your sleep. Scientists say that while we’re sleeping our brains are sifting through our days, looking for the most important events, and connecting them to previous experience. Who wouldn't love to turn this downtime into a working laboratory for new skills and talents. I know I'm in.
4. How Regular Exercise Helps You Balance Work and Family. Managers and HR professionals should take note. It’s important to organizational performance that people find ways to successfully integrate work and home demands. Thanks to the push Gen X made for work/life balance, Millennials along with the help of technology are keen to create the ultimate blend of work and life today. The good news is I think everyone will benefit from these efforts.
5. Can Performance Be Quantified? Wearable Tech in the Office. The age of the quantified self is here. Now business is buying in. It's one thing to wear a fuel band to gage your own training performance it's another when your boss is able to track your professional performance. Where will this all go... stay tuned to find out.
There you have it, the week in review. Now... get back to work.