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

“The world is moving from a top-down hierarchical model to one of a ‘network of teams’ in which people iterate and solve problems in a dynamic, agile way,” says leading HR thinker Josh Bergin.

This caught my attention because I have seen this shift in our own organization. Could it be a new trend? We think so. According to the latest Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report, 92% of organizations see a need to redesign their entire structure from top to bottom. Read Rob Cahill’s 10 Issues HR Will Be Facing This Year to learn more.

How important is data-driven decision making? According to the Harvard Business Review, it’s pretty important.

HBR reports that data-drive decision making improves productivity by 5% makes companies 6% more effective than their competition. In 5 Ways to Exploit You Current Data to Grow Your Business, Salesforce Vice President Jamie Domenici makes a strong case that the time-worn phrase “time is money” may take a back seat to “data is money.”

Many years ago, crooner Bing Crosby sang “let a smile be your umbrella”—ostensibly to make his audience a bit more optimistic.

A recent Harvard study shows that optimistic people live longer—especially women. To learn more, check out Melissa Thompson’s article New Harvard Study Says Optimistic Women Live Longer. Be sure to smile when you’re finished!