Looking Back at 2013 and Ahead to 2014

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New Years is a time for looking backward at the year just past and forward to the year to come. Here are five excellent posts for each perspective. We'll start by looking back at 2013.

Looking Back at 2013

From the Harvard Business Review: The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013
"So this year, instead, we thought about the pieces that most surprised us or provoked us to think differently about an intractable problem or perennial question in management, we reviewed the whole year of data to remind ourselves what our readers found most compelling, and we looked for patterns in the subjects our authors raised most frequently and independently of our editorial urging.  The result, I think, is a set of ideas that together are important, useful, and original, and that feel like quite an accurate account of the management concerns many of us shared in 2013."

From Troy Wolverton: A look back at the year in tech
"This past year saw few breakthrough tech products, but it was anything but a boring year in tech."

From Forbes: 2013: A Whole Lot Of Rough And A Few Diamonds
"This year, 2013, was the 'year that wasn’t.' We didn’t have any of the transformational changes that marked years past."

From Jaime Farinos: My Top Business Trends in 2013
"The year is about to say goodbye to us and  I can’t avoid thinking back in all the good things that have happened in the past 12 months and get excited about what’s coming up next.  Some of these 'good things' influenced my perspective about business, about where we are headed as a collective group and about where to continue keeping my focus.  I would like to share with you the top 12 highlights that made it to my personal list!"

From HR Web Cafe: 2013: A Workplace Year in Review
A collection of business and workplace stories. Open this one and find lots of goodies inside.

Now we'll turn our attention to the year we've just started.

Looking Ahead to 2014

From Greg Satell: In 2014, Every Business Will Be Disrupted By Open Technology
"The most salient aspect of technology is its power to disrupt.  The important innovations are the ones that change our world so profoundly that the previous order becomes not only untenable, but unthinkable"

From Josh Bersin: Human Resources, Learning, and Leadership: Our Ten Predictions for 2014
"Global economic growth will create a new level of competition for people. HR organizations will shift their focus from cost reduction to retention and engagement. Technology will continue to make the world a smaller place, forcing companies to improve their employment brand in every possible way. Data will become a new currency. Leadership will continue to be in short supply. And you, as an HR professional, will have to innovate and adapt to stay ahead."

From Leah Eichler: Five workplace themes to watch for in 2014
"The year is ending on a couple of high notes for women in the workplace, including the recent appointment of Mary Barra as chief executive officer of General Motors Co., and the Ontario Securities Commission declaration that it would take action to get more women onto corporate boards. What might the new year hold?"

From Sharlyn Lauby: HR in 2014: It’s all about the technology
"I believe 2014 will be a very exciting time for human resources and the world of work. We’re on the edge of so many cutting-edge technology advancements. Here’s my list of what to watch next year."

If those posts whetted your appetite for more looks ahead, the next post is for you. HR Web Café's post is a collection of predictions. Enjoy.

From HR Web cafe: What 2014 has in store for Human Resources
"What does 2014 hold in store for HR? Here's a roundup of predictions and prognostications from some smart people."

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