Here are this week’s links to a few good stories that we found and selected because we feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to medium size businesses.

  • Our first story is from the Harvard Business Review and speaks to an interesting perspective – what happens when a company becomes overly efficient?  The authors, Casey Haksins and Peter Sims, center their argument on the concept that “too many companies and leaders have inadvertently made themselves fragile in their pursuit of ever-greater efficiency. Then when a shock inevitably comes, they are unable to absorb it.”  Jeff Needham, Genesis HR Solutions’ Senior Software Architect, thought this article to be interesting and timely and suggests you read The Most Efficient Die Early.  We heartily concur.
  • The holiday season is here and what to your employees want most?  According to Derek Irvine of Globoforce, the answer is honesty, clarity and trust as he expresses in his blog post The Three Things Your Employees Want  Most This Holiday Season.  Once again we thank our friends at for sharing this interesting and timely article.
  • Lastly, we again acknowledge for providing access to an interesting article about predictions for 2013 that relate to the generational interactions in the workplace.  John Hudson, writing for, prognosticates about managerial generational relationships in GenX, GenY, Baby Boomers and Predictions for 2013.