We all want to be solid performers; it’s just a matter of achieving that performance. This week’s top 5 blog posts on SAP Business Trends examine how organizations can improve execution; stick together; innovate with astounding simplicity; and more.

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Whether you’re contemplating an IoT, business networks, big data or social implementation — or just thinking about working your glamor muscles — don’t neglect your core.

How to Get Fit? Don’t Ignore the Core

Improving physical fitness often involves strengthening core muscles, which help protect against injury. James Marland offers to spot organizations that want a digital edge with IoT, business networks, big data and social, pointing out that they must also digitize their core.

How Social Collaboration Can Be Your Business’ “Glue Guy”

The “glue guy” on a university basketball team is the player who brings everyone together to play effectively. Michaela Zwinakis shares how social technology can get colleagues gelling, keep information flowing and deliver results in ways that cloud, big data and mobile cannot.

Sometimes True Innovation is a Lump of Iron

Innovation isn’t always flashy and high-tech; sometimes the simplest tool can improve millions of people’s lives. Nadine Huelsen serves up how a fish-shaped metal paperweight has become a huge success in the fight against iron deficiency, helping to prevent anemia and other illnesses.

Fixing Performance Ratings:  It’s About What You Create

Stories about abolishing performance ratings often misinterpret the scientific research they cite. Steven Hunt evaluates how organizations can implement better performance management systems, not by getting rid of ratings — but by rating people more effectively.

Unicorn Companies: Is The Glass Half Empty of Half Full?

The idea of a billion-dollar tech startup was once the fanciful stuff of legend, which is why Silicon Valley now calls these strange fundraising beasts “unicorns.” Jonathan Becher looks at how these venture capital-backed technology companies might see the proverbial glass of water.

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