January 20, 2017


Inauguration day is here: Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th president of the United States at 12:00p EST.  It promises to be an activist presidency.  If you did not see his speech, you can see the full speech here on CNN.

The President-elect has promised an active schedule, including an immigration plan in his first 100 days – that story from SHRM … 

In Leadership & Management, Harvard Business Review posted an article about ‘mindfulness’ that can help managers overcome reactionary habits, like anger.  Their post, Spending 10 Minute a Day of Mindfulness Can Change Your Reactions to Everything includes simple, yet practical steps that guarantee subtle changes that can help leaders stay in control in challenging situations … and, Science Reveals the Age at Which You Peak at Everything was a very popular video post this week from Business Insider that reveals at what age you’re the strongest, best able to handle math calculations, able to learn a second language, and several other things – an interesting view.

In HR, SHRM’s Professionals Prefer Promotions to Pay Raises cites the findings of studies that show advancement and growth are very important components of your employee development strategy, if you want to keep key talent in your company … Harvard Business Review also posted How to Deliver Criticism so Employees Pay Attention; a helpful article with practical tips that will help you avoid the mistakes of most managers … the I-9 form has been changed; you’ll need to start using the new form soon.  Find out about the changes and deadline for using the new form in the SHRM post … Cyber risk is increasing rapidly for small business owners.  STAFFLINK posted The 25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords to show you what they are, and provide you with tips to make the ones you create more secure.

In Trends & Technology, Fast Company posted, Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs that Will Be Replaced by Robots.  The article reveals the inroads automation is making in many fields, and how those gains are costing jobs – some of which are in fields you may not have guessed … and, are you an Android or iPhone smartphone owner ?  Business Insider ran a story about 6 Things Android Phones Can Do that iPhones Can’t . Some of the differences may be significant to you if you are considering a new smartphone … and, where are the ‘Hot Jobs’ in 2017? You can read SHRM’s post to find out.

In Personal Productivity, three articles stand out this week: First, SHRM posted an article, Stressed at Work?, that provides a list of insightful articles that can help you deal with a number of different kinds of stressors – a good read … Inc. re-posted an article from Quora, 9 Toxic Habits that are Wearing You Down.  The post provides you a list of the nine habits, and simple, yet helpful recommendations for dealing with each one … and, lastly, if you want a good night’s sleep, what you eat before going to bed can have a very significant effect – even two hours prior.  We combined two different video posts from Business Insider to give you a list of the ‘Best Foods to Help You Sleep,‘ and also, The Worst Foods if You Want a Good Night’s Sleep.’  Both videos show you four of the best and worst foods, and explain the research that led to each food’s selection.

Well, 2017 promises to be an exciting year.  In trends, we spoke about automation.  You are probably aware of the autonomous cars being tested by Uber, and autonomous trucks being tested in Europe; and, the autonomous delivery drones now being beta-tested by Amazon in the UK.

Along these lines, we’ll leave you with one of the best ads of the week, a brand new spot for Mercedes-Benz that features their new ‘remote parking pilot.’  The automation future is becoming mainstream.

Enjoy your weekend.