Unsurprising Job Survey Results Show a Ready to Jump Workforce

CareerBuilder.com often produces worthwhile studies and reports and a couple of weeks ago they published their findings from a survey conducted in November, 2009. The report is titled Despite Competitive Labor Market, One-in-Five Workers Plan to Change Jobs in 2010, New CareerBuilder Survey Reveals and it has some great numbers in it. Here are some:


  • 57% of workers didn’t get a raise last year
    • it was 35% in 2008
  • Those that did get a raise, 28% got an increase of 3% or less
  • 71% of workers didn’t get a bonus

Switching Industries:

  • 20% of workers plan to switch careers/fields in the next two years. The reasons:
    • 67% say they are seeking more interesting work
    • 54% say they want higher pay
    • 41% say they want career advancement
    • 36% say they want stability

Leadership Ratings:

  • 23% of workers judge their corporate leaders as poor or very poor. Reasons:
    • 35% say it’s the inability to address employee morale
    • 30% say there is a lack of transparency
    • 28% say major changes are made without warning

There are other great numbers that I skipped over as well.

The Conference Board also echoed similar sentiment in a report titled I can’t Get No… Job Satisfaction, That is

  • Almost 25% say they don’t expect to be at their current job within a year
  • 45% of Americans say they are satisfied with their job
    • It was 61% in 1987 and it isn’t a cyclical occurrence

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Simple Questions can Reveal A Lot

Yesterday, in my Political Science entry, I commented on the difference between training and education. It is something I write about quite often on this blog. One aspect of education is learning to ask questions that lead to insight. This is called the Socratic Method.

I don’t really believe in genius. Some people have an aptitude to memorize facts or to do math very quickly. These abilities provide a tremendous advantage to do what is actually meaningful – problem solving. But I have never seen an emergency that was averted because someone could name Pi to the 83rd decimal. So it just depends on the situation.

Those with the skill of critical thinking, quickly and seamlessly, apply the Socratic Method to get to the root of the problem. They ask questions looking for clarification, vetting assumptions, inspecting evidence, understanding perspective, and  possible outcomes. In a society with pressures for quick answers, going through this method is not a universal occurrence. It’s a lost art.

Next time we think about teaching and the statistics of other nations, consider philosophy and the recent statistics about it.

When Louisiana’s regents voted to eliminate the philosophy major last spring, they agreed with faculty members that the subject is “a traditional core program of a broad-based liberal arts and science institution.” But they noted that, on average, 3.4 students had graduated as philosophy majors in the previous five years; in 2008,there were none. “One cannot help but recognize that philosophy as an essential undergraduate program has lost some credence among students,”the board concluded.


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Tactics for Winning at Political Science

Political Science is fascinating to me. A great example of it’s nuance is the recent tactics President Obama is taking in regards to Banking. He is proposing some new (actually old) regulation which would prevent Banks from using their deposit base as a means to fund the investment bank side of the operations. It is a move to quell populist sentiment that Bankers have gotten a sweetheart deal while everyone else suffers – hello 10% unemployment.

However, this new legislation is a complete left field left turn for the President and it comes as seats in Congress are being lost or expected to be lost in the fall. So as the President faces criticism for a year that has passed, he is now taking aim at his Republican colleagues and backing them into a corner. Over the last 12 months they have voted as a block against any bills introduced by the Democrats. I don’t feel this is the essence of a republic but I understand why they are doing it and it has worked.

But now comes a populist bill targeting banks, which normally pony up to Republicans. If the bill fails because of a Republican block vote then the President has something to tell the American people as midterm elections arrive. He can say “I tried to wrangle the fat cats, but the Republicans stone walled me.” If the bill passes then the President can claim it as an accomplishment. It’s a win either way for the President. The bill itself almost doesn’t matter.

However, simply creating jobs would also do the trick. This past Sunday, Thomas Friedman proposed to the President a catalyst type of plan to get jobs moving. It is anchored in entrepreneurism. To seed it he highlights these programs:

  • NationalLabDay.org – Lab Day aims to inspire a wave of future innovators, by pairing veteran scientists and engineers with students in grades K-12 to inspire thousands of hands-on science projects around the country.
  • www.NFTE.com – NFTE works with middle- and high-school teachers to help them teach entrepreneurship. The centerpiece of its program is a national contest for start-ups with 24,000 kids participating. Each student has to invent a product or service, write up a business plan and then do it.
  • www.ten9eight.com – TEN9EIGHT, a thought provoking film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens (of differing race, religion, and ethnicity) from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

And my education themed entries often talk about making kids do something. Memorization is not that valuable, teaching to problem solve is.

Here is a video from my post  Education, Games, and Peer Learninghttp://www.edutopia.org/media/videofalse.swf

The Apple Brand

If you are a technologist you are excited about what Apple is going to announce next week. Most presume it is a tablet computer – Apple style. But there are probably some other surprises as well. If it is a tablet, I’m not sure how it can be so great? Perhaps my imagination isn’t as free as it should be. I hope it is a game changer, but I’m skeptical. Does the market really need this device? Will there be demand beyond the cool?

Here is a copyrighted video from Stanford of Steve Jobs doing a commencement address.

What Motivates Conan O’Brien?

Everyone has a different sense of humor. I’m a combination of witty and silly. Well Conan O’Brien is that. He often makes fun of himself in a novel way and it is both fun to laugh at him and endearing.

Yesterday I posted a review of the book Drive by Dan Pink. Pink wants people to understand that as work becomes more demanding of the mind, such as being creative, the motivation to do that work changes and becomes more intrinsic based. As an example of that is Conan O’Brien. Despite the repudiation he has million$ of reasons to stay at NBC, but what motivates him is the personal sense of what the comedian’s job is in the role of The Tonight Show host. It gives him Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

Here’s an excerpt from his commencement speech to the Harvard class of 2000 (he graduated from Harvard):

I left the cocoon of Harvard, I left the cocoon of Saturday Night Live, I left the cocoon of The Simpsons. And each time it was bruising and tumultuous. And yet, every failure was freeing, and today I’m as nostalgic for the bad as I am for the good.

So, that’s what I wish for all of you: the bad as well as the good.Fall down, make a mess, break something occasionally. And remember that the story is never over. If it’s all right, I’d like to read a little something from just this year: “Somehow, Conan O’Brien has transformed himself into the brightest star in the Late Night firmament. His comedy is the gold standard and Conan himself is not only the quickest and most inventive wit of his generation, but quite possible the greatest host ever.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Class of 2000, I wrote that this morning, as proof that, when all else fails, there’s always delusion.

I’ll go now, to make bigger mistakes and to embarrass this fine institution even more. But let me leave you with one last thought: If you can laugh at yourself loud and hard every time you fall, people will think you’re drunk.

Thank you.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates US – A Book Review

Lets be honest, I’m a Dan Pink fan. I read Free Agent Nation in 2005 and have absorbed his work since. So when I found out Drive was coming to bookshelves I had already made up my mind to do a review.

Summary Review: Are you a student of the history of business? Agriculture employment moved to industrialization, which spawned manufacturing employment. Standardization and specification divided the labor into particular instructions. Robots (technology) soon followed and along came the knowledge worker. Drive is a manual for those that want to understand how to transition from a motivation structure established for work based on algorithms, “if-thens”, to a motivation structure that is effective for a heauristic economy. 

Dan Pink, in this quick read, describes how money is a factor in motivation, but it’s pretty low on the list. Above it are intrinsic motivations: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. Every individual waffles between being externally motivated – money – and intrinsically motivated. Through Pink’s narrative is a description of Results Only Work Environments (ROWE), 20% time, and other ways for managers to consider if their goal is to improve the ambitions of their colleagues.

I recommend this book to only people with an open mind. You have to first contemplate if we are in a transformative time in business. If you believe we are, then this book is a valuable asset. Motivation 3.0.

Detailed Review: Drive is a synonym for motivation. The philosophical side of me says that it’s why we get off the couch; it’s an attempt to give meaning to life – to make some sort of difference. I write it about it throughout this blog quite frequently so I was excited to read another book on the subject.

Unless you live isolated on the side of a mountain or own your own private island it’s a good chance you depend on others for something in this world. Throughout each day you practice some type of interaction with people. Sometimes you are the one asking and other times you are being asked. This requires influence. Understanding why others, and yourself, are inspired to action is advantageous.

Early in the book Pink establishes that values are changing. He cites the existence of entities called low-profit limited liability corporations as an example that people aren’t slaves to the all mighty dollar. But he also realizes that this isn’t an all or nothing proposition either. Money, and other external motivators, are useful in capitalism and very powerful, but there are possible downsides as well. On page 69 is excellent flow chart that breaks down when rewards are worthwhile. He works in some examples of how goals should be defined by the people that want to accomplish them and not some sort of sham of “my goals are your goals” corporate speak.

The next portion of the book gets into “flow.” The Ah-ha moment I hit on occasionally in this blog. Pink highlights some work by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and calls it the Goldilocks tasks – work that is neither too hot (easy) nor too cold (hard). When your workforce is consistently in this environment much more intellectual effort is exerted. And this gets into aspects of the mind. On page 124 Pink cites a finding from the West Point Army Academy on success. Here is an excerpt:

The best predictor of success the researchers found was the prospective cadets’ ratings on a noncognitive, nonphysical trait known as “grit” – defined as “perseverance and passion for long term goals.”

To have the mental fortitude to persevere through failures requires a true commitment to long term goals. Doing your best for countless hours of practice and still not being the best is heart breaking. But to gain mastery, you must accept pain and respond with resiliency.

And here is where my criticism sneaks in. The book is a little short of material. I have a desired book length of about 180 pages. But most stretch until about 225 or so. I’d say this book is about 150 pages of insight and 65 pages of workbook activities to apply the ideas. I want more insight.

The book ends by observing children. And although seemingly obvious, kids are constantly looking for flow (the ah-ha). They don’t need any reason to play. Playing is it’s own reward.


Job Creation in the 2000s?

Floyd Norris over to the NY Times did some quick stats in his blog about the health of the US Labor Market in the 2000s. I’ve run similar stats before in this post titled The Six Year Pay Cut, but I wanted to pull his:

  • Private Sector Jobs in 1999: 110 million
  • Private Sector Jobs in 2009: 108.4 million
    • Meanwhile, the US population grew by 9.8%
  • During the 1990s private sector job growth soared at a rate of 21.2%
    • Population growth was 13.1%

December 2009 Jobs Report and Wages

Here are the job market and compensation numbers for December 2009 (based on the job report):

loss of 85,000 jobs in the month (revised to a loss of 150,000)

  • Analysts expected neither a loss or a gain for the month
  • October was revised to a loss of 127,000 from an original reading of 190,000 and revised reading of 111,000 (revised to final loss of 224,000)
  • November was revised to a gain of 4,000 jobs (revised to a gain of 64,000)
    • The first gain in 23 months

  • 15.3 million people are unemployed and looking for work
  • Temporary work, which usually precedes full time employment gains, added 46,500 jobs in December
  • Major federal government hiring is planned for the spring as the census work gets underway
  • Layoffs are flattening out, but hiring isn’t happening

Unemployment rate held steady at 10.0%

  • Analysts predicted it would stay at 10.0%
  • The Unemployment rate hit 10.8 in 1982
  • 661,000 people dropped out of the count, otherwise the rate would be 10.4%
    • The employment to population ratio dropped to 58.2 from 58.5
    • As employment picks up, the labor pool will grow again and the unemployment rate will actually go up

  • The U-6 report, which is a broader group, reached 17.3%
  • The average length of unemployment is 29.1 weeks (a record)
  • The median length of unemployment is 20.5 weeks (a record)

Specific Segment Job numbers:

  • Manufacturing lost 27,000 jobs
  • Construction lost 53,000 jobs
  • Retailers lost 10,200
  • Leisure and Hospitality Services lost 25,000 jobs
  • Government sector lost 21,000
  • Education and Health Services grew by 35,000 jobs
    • Health Care and Social Assistance grew by 24,700

  • Professional and Business Services grew by 50,000
    • Temporary work added 46,500 jobs in December

Wage (can be revised):

  • The average weekly paycheck (seasonally adjusted) is $624.16 – a drop from $631.48 in November
  • The average hourly earning (seasonally adjusted) is $18.80 – up slightly more than 2 cents
  • The average hourly work week stayed at 33.2

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Report Stats Summary

Learning to Think and Business Training are Not the Same Thing

The building was shaped as a circle, which positions most of the classrooms at the perimeter. Sitting at a two person desk is the escape of outside to your left and to your right was a bulletin board wall with doors flanking each end. It was English class – the classics. Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville (Moby Dick) and Araby by James Joyce are memorable. But those tales aren’t what changed my perspective.

Michael Dockery had white hair and a mustache. You can imagine him wearing a Crocodile Dundee type of Australian hat though. He had a muscular build and an average height. He didn’t have an inviting smile or a welcoming charm. He was purposeful and kept to himself.

Professor Dockery was reading aloud and finishing up a short story we were assigned. Reading passages in class was normal. He read:

She was fast asleep.

Gabriel, leaning on his elbow, looked for a few moments unresentfully on her tangled hair and half-open mouth, listening to her deep-drawn breath. So she had had that romance in her life: a man had died for her sake. It hardly pained him now to think how poor a part he, her husband, had played in her life. He watched her while she slept, as though he and she had never lived together as man and wife. His curious eyes rested long upon her face and on her hair:and, as he thought of what she must have been then, in that time of her first girlish beauty, a strange, friendly pity for her entered his soul. He did not like to say even to himself that her face was no longer beautiful, but he knew that it was no longer the face for which Michael Furey had braved death.

Perhaps she had not told him all the story. His eyes moved to the chair over which she had thrown some of her clothes. A petticoat string dangled to the floor. One boot stood upright, its limp upper fallen down: the fellow of it lay upon its side. He wondered at his riot of emotions of an hour before. From what had it proceeded? From his aunt’s supper, from his own foolish speech,from the wine and dancing, the merry-making when saying good-night in the hall, the pleasure of the walk along the river in the snow. Poor Aunt Julia! She, too, would soon be a shade with the shade of Patrick Morkan and his horse. He had caught that haggard look upon her face fora moment when she was singing Arrayed for the Bridal. Soon, perhaps, he would be sitting in that same drawing-room, dressed in black, his silk hat on his knees. The blinds would be drawn down and Aunt Kate would be sitting beside him, crying and blowing her nose and telling him how Julia had died. He would cast about in his mind for some words that might console her, and would find only lame and useless ones. Yes, yes:that would happen very soon.

The air of the room chilled his shoulders. He stretched himself cautiously along under the sheets and lay down beside his wife. One by one, they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. He thought of how she who lay beside him had locked in her heart for so many years that image of her lover’s eyes when he had told her that he did not wish to live.

Generous tears filled Gabriel’s eyes. He had never felt like that himself towards any woman,but he knew that such a feeling must be love. The tears gathered more thickly in his eyes and in the partial darkness he imagined he saw the form of a young man standing under a dripping tree. Other forms were near. His soul had approached that region where dwell the vast hosts of the dead. He was conscious of, but could not apprehend, their way ward and flickering existence. His own identity was fading out into a grey impalpable world: the solid world itself, which these dead had one time reared and lived in, was dissolving and dwindling.

And then something happened that awakened my soul. Professor Dockery’s eyes welled up with tears. Here is a man in his fifties, reading aloud to a class of drifting 21 year olds and he is crying. This story, this stringing together of words, stirred emotions in him to the point of having to stop to collect himself. James Joyce’s “The Dead” provokes the reader to put himself in Gabriel’s shoes. How would you feel? Life changes during the most ordinary of times.

I graduated with a Business degree with a focus on Human Resources. It was 10 years ago. I remember my senior business class thesis about Viacom. It was the shortest in the class – 39 pages and a B+. I learned the fundamentals of business and I’m plenty capable to make it because of this preparation.

Sadly though, I see stories in the NY Times titled Making College ‘Relevant’ by Kate Zernike which talks about the change occurring at higher education institutions through out the US. Certain majors are being dropped due to low demand. The Liberal Arts oriented majors are mainly the casualty of a world that is too focused on making a buck. As the story details, many students just want a training period prior to going into a business field.

Several years ago I was considering my career. I thought about the work I was doing and I thought about how the service industry was growing (as compared to the manufacturing industry). But something clicked in me. I made a conscience decision to create something. Being philosophical, I told myself “the best thing you can do for your career is to create something that didn’t exist before. Perhaps there would be a market for it. At least something lasting would come of it. Then repeat this cycle.”

The dirty little secret though, is how do you monetize your offerings – your creations, your skills, your knowledge? A novel business plan that meets a market need is how. That is not easy to do. I encourage entrepreneurship and trial and error. However, the most important factor is the ability to think differently; to see something that currently isn’t imagined and make it happen. And this is where Professor Dockery comes in. Closing classes like this English literature class won’t hurt Herman Melville’s feelings, but it pilfers opportunities for introspection. Without these experiences, you’re just like everyone else. Being like everyone else is not good business. Think about it.

Thank You to Those that Inspired Me in 2009

Every new year I look back and compile all the different people who’ve influenced my entries. It gives me a chance to thank everyone and to review the different themes of the last year.

This year was heavy on economic data and what type of worker is going to benefit from this period of re-evaluation. My writings were spread out among many thinkers and I really leveraged the Harvard Business Review as an idea destination. Here are some quick stats:

* Number of 2009 Working Thoughts entries with a reference: 114
* Number of Writings/Videos Referenced: 171
* Number of Writers/Presenters: 154

  Thank you!

Date   Blog Title Last Name First Name   Link
1/5 Special Skills are Needed to Create A Unique Business Case Fortt Jon Giving Intel and AMD a run for their money
1/6 On the Cusp? Uchitelle Louis Some Forecasters See a Fast Economic Recovery
    Murray Alan 2009 Could Be Better Than You Think
    Schwartz John Dreamers and Doers 
    Rae-Dupree Janet Innovation Should Mean More Jobs, Not Less
    Gray Steven Still Waiting For the Recession in New Orleans
1/8 Using the term “Talent” Weddle Peter Talent is a Fad
1/11 Different Paths to Owning a Professional Sports Team English Jason How to be a billionaire sports team owner
    Trex Ethan Mental Floss: A brief history of stadium naming rights
1/12 President Obama is Making 30 Year Decisions Noveck Jocelyn In Obama, many see an end to the baby boomer era
    Martin Douglas Arthur Schlesinger, Historian of Power, Dies at 89
1/13 Experts, Mentoring, and Job Blogs Hira Nadira Using your contacts without making them feel used
1/14 Is Being an Entrepreneur Right For You? Fried Carla The Would Be Entrepreneur’s Handbook
1/15 Education and Art: A History of the Internet Bilgil Melih The History of the Internet
1/18 President Obama and My Four Components to the Future Obama Barack recent speech on January 8th, 2009
1/22 The Future is Bright – R & openFrameworks Bing Stanley Our economy, the headless chicken
    Vance Ashlee Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power
    Vance Ashlee R You Ready for R?
1/23 The Value of Time and the Economy Hastie Reid Meetings Are a Matter of Precious Time
1/24 Weekend Read – 6 Errors add to an Economic Crisis Blinder Alan Six Errors on the Path to the Financial Crisis
1/26 Happy Chinese New Year and Era Wong Edward College-Educated Chinese Feel Job Pinch
1/29 No Support System – That is the Sacrifice for Risk Takers Kiviat Barbara The Freelance Economy Turns South, Too
2/3 Two Ways to Make Your Resume More Significant Christakis Nicholas The Dynamics of Personal Influence
    Goldstein Noah Harnessing Social Pressure
    Kaufman Leslie Utilities Turn Their Customers Green, With Envy
2/5 Pay, Wall St, and Legislation Philippon Thomas Wages and Human Capital in the U.S. Financial Industry: 1909-2006
    Reshef Ariell  
    Gimbel Barney The New New World Order
2/10 Sustaining Large Economic Growth is Key for the US Leonhardt David The Big Fix
2/12 The Appearance of Knowing Kluger Jeffrey Competence: Is Your Boss Faking It?
2/16 Education is Getting an Overdue National Review Gladwell Malcolm Most Likely to Succeed
    Kristof Nicholas Our Greatest National Shame
    Goldin Claudia The Race between Education and Technology
    Katz Lawrence  
2/17 Barry Schwartz: Rules and the War on Moral Skill Schwartz Barry Our Loss of Wisdom
2/20 Fuel Cost Savings: Technology and Process Improvements Fortt Jon Heavy Duty Computing
2/21 It is Time for Re-Employment Insurance McGeehan Patrick City Will Help Retrain Laid-Off Wall Streeters
    Sahadi Jeanne Stimulus: Now for the hard part
2/23 Trade Up to the Future Friedman Thomas Yes, They Could. So They Did.
    MacDonald Kyle One Red Paperclip
2/25 The Economy is on the Mend Surowiecki James Nice Work If You Can Get It
    Surowiecki James Talk and the Economy
    Condon Christopher Northern Trust CEO Defends Sponsorship of Golf Events (Update3) 
2/26 Sizing Up the New Guy Chura Hillary Can an Employer’s Past Follow Its Workers?
2/28 Young Professionals have Creativity, They Need a Vision to Apply it to Herbert Bob Even Worse for Young Worker
    Rampell Catherine Young and in Debt
3/1 Spending More Time in School Isn’t the Answer Streitfeld Rachel Education chief favors longer school year
3/2 Laying People Off – Small Companies & Large Companies Kiviat Barbara Why Are Large Companies Losing More Jobs Than Small Ones?
3/4 Elizabeth Gilbert Talks about Success, Inspiration, and Genius Gilbert Elizabeth Nurturing Creativity
3/5 The Halfway Designed Process Bregman Peter Why Doing Things Half Right Gives You the Best Result
3/10 Is the Middle Class Gone? Herbert Bob Reviving the Dream
3/11 A Preview of The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You Fisher Robin Make a Name for Yourself: Eight Steps Every Woman Needs to Create a Personal Brand Strategy for Success
3/12 A Review of The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You Fisher Robin The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You
3/16 Boredom, Consumerism, and Taking Direction or Leaders, Adventurers, and Story Tellers Gatto John Weapons of Mass Instruction
    Gatto John Childhood’s End
3/18 Three Requirements for Entrepreneurs Tjan Tony Great Entrepreneurs’ Secret: Smarts, Guts, and Luck
3/20 A Viable Electric Car Business Model? Agassi Shai Better Place
    Pogue David Electric Cars for All! (No, Really This Time)
3/24 Financial Discipline is Good. Your Dreams will Thank You Tierney John Oversaving, A Burden for Our Times
3/29 Jeff Bezos of Amazon is Working with the Average Employee Blodget Henry Jeff Bezos Works In Kentucky Distribution Center For A Week.
3/30 Performance at GM, Performance in Baseball Maynard Micheline Wagoner Retains His Optimism as He Bows Out
    Heyman Jon Projected No. 1 pick Strasburg’s $50 million figure and much more
4/1 It is Good to Keep Perspective Minowa Craig 6 Days
4/2 Down Economies Don’t Automatically Mean an Increase in Entrepreneurship Rampell Catherine Recessions and the ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’
4/5 New Offering from Career Builder and The Work Buzz Lorenz Kate Career Building: Your Total Handbook for Finding a Job and Making It Work
4/7 Juan Enriquez has Some BIG Ideas Enriquez Juan Juan Enriquez shares mindboggling science
4/8 Thoughts on: Genes in the Brain, Philosophy, Itching, and Erasing Memory Lehrer Jonah Scientists Map the Brain, Gene by Gene
    Brooks David The End of Philosophy
    Carey Benedict Scratching Relieves Itch by Quieting Nerve Cells
    Carey Benedict Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory
4/14 Recessions Can Clear the Dubris. Opportunities are There Surowiecki James Hanging Tough
4/15 Top Minds Moving to Different Fields Lohr Steve With Finance Disgraced, Which Career Will Be King?
    Bowley Graham Crisis Altering Wall St. As Stars Begin to Scatter
    Story Louise  
    Cohan William Big Profits, Big Questions
4/16 Three Characteristics that can Stifle an Entrepreneur Tjan Tony Why Do Most Entrepreneurs Fail to Scale?
4/21 Social Intelligence: Its all in your head Goleman Daniel Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership
    Boyatzis Richard  
4/23 Wealth Distribution Charts and Graphs (1991-2008) Sum Andrew Wealth in America: Who Gets What and How Wealthy Were the Forbes 400 Richest Billionaires in 2008 Relative to America’s Bottom Half?
    Forsell Tess  
4/30 Naming a Successor – Bad Idea Hempel Jessi Who’s on Deck in Tech?
5/1 Shai Agassi Explains the Bold Plan – A Car and a Battery Akresh-Gonzales Josette Energy CEO Shai Agassi on recognizing a “sliding-doors” moment
    Agassi Shai Shai Agassi’s bold plan for electric cars
5/6 The Fallacy of Intellectual Development – Young Children Orenstein Peggy Kindergarten Cram
5/11 Some Thoughts on Teams in the Workplace Hackman J. Richard Why Teams Don’t Work
    Coutu Diane  
5/12 Thinking about Questions Ross Judith How to Ask Better Questions
5/13 People like Chris Crutchfield Demonstrate Changing Values Crutchfield Chris Fait
5/14 Portfolio Closes Up Shop and Credit Suisse Gets it Right Eisinger Jesse Toxic Pay
5/19 Make Sure Your Brand has a Message Tierney John Message in What We Buy, but Nobody’s Listening
5/21 Business Leaders Need to Realize a Generational Shift has Occured Broder John As Political Winds Shift, Detroit Charts New Course
    Maynard Micheline  
5/23 Happiness is Making the Best of It Gilbert Daniel What You Don’t Know Makes You Nervous
5/27 Being a Good Boss During a Down Economy Sutton Robert How to be a Good Boss in a Bad Economy
5/29 No Business Model is Forever Hague Umair How to Challenge Google (and Win)
6/1 Leadership: CEOs and Organizations Colvin Geoff The Upside of the Downturn
    Hague Umair Leadership 2.0, and How Not to Achieve It
6/4 Your Job Just Got a lot More Complex – Now Make a Decision Ariely Dan Predictable Irrational
6/8 A Few Productivity Tools for Individuals: GTD and 4 Quadrants of Activity Poole Pamela Not a GTD Disciple? Don’t Worry About It
6/15 Resilient Attitudes are Rare Anthony Scott Four Lessons from Y-Combinator’s Fresh Approach to Innovation
6/22 An Interview with Joy Bergmann of Fahrenheit 212 Bergmann Joy An Interview with Joy Bergmann of Fahrenheit 212
6/23 One View of Control and Circumstance Mlodinow Leonard The Limits of Control
6/29 The Impact of a Good Story is Greater than the Effort to Tell It Bregman Peter A Good Way to Change a Corporate Culture
7/7 Tiger Woods is so Mentally Strong Carey Benedict Why the Imp in Your Brain Gets Out
7/13 Forest Fire Analogy Werbach Adam Surviving a Recession – And a Wildfire
7/17 Different States of Happiness Cohen Roger The Meaning of Life
    Goleman Daniel Sitting Quietly, Doing Something
7/19 Math Education: Calculus or Statistics Benjamin Arthur Formula for changing math education
7/24 Projected Compensation Stats, Large Companies are Employing a higher percentage, and What’s Next Wyatt Watson Yahoo
    Shane Scott Small Businesses Are Employing Less of the Labor Force
    Raffoni Melissa What Are CEOs and Managers Talking About Now?
7/26 The Job Coach for Young Professionals – A Review Kennedy Susan The Job Coach for Young Professionals: The Workbook for Landing the Right Job
    Baker Karen  
7/29 Donating IP to a Charity or Nonprofit Pallotta Dan Why Charities Should Ask for Intellect, Not Just Funds
7/31 Are you Tall? Are you Happy? Gregory Sean Why Tall People Are Happier Than Short People
8/1 Define Success that Accounts for Fortunate and Unfortunate Breaks de Botton Alain A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success
    Gladwell Malcolm Outliers
8/3 The Value Twist Hague Umair The Value Every Business Needs to Create Now
    Krugman Paul Rewarding Bad Actors
8/9 Ten Years and Basically No Private Sector Job Creation Norris Floyd Private sector job creation
8/12 Statistically Speaking Lohr Steve For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics
8/14 Productivity is Strong. Sleep Might Not be Needed. Parker-Pope Tara Mutation Tied to Need for Less Sleep Is Discovered
8/17 Job Losses and the Self Employed Shane Scott Job Loss Abating Among the Self-Employed
    Charan Ram The new (recovery) play book
8/20 A View from College, A View of College, and a Job McBride Tom The Beloit College Mindset list of the class of 2013
    Niel Ron  
    Terrell Kenneth The US News and World Report University Rankings
8/21 A Few Quick Thoughts about the Brain Wujec Tom 3 ways the brain creates meaning
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8/24 Insightful Interview Done by Tony Tjan with Dick Harrington Tjan Tony Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Leadership
8/28 Netflix does Personnel Strategy Hastings Reed Culture
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9/1 Everyone has an Airplane Story Bregman Peter What to Do When you Get Out of Control
9/11 The Vanishing of Okun’s Law and the Usefulness of the Education System Okun Arthur Okun’s Law
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9/16 Preparing for a year like 2015 Hague Umair Four Rules for Constructive Competition
9/19 Working Thoughts: Odds and Ends Anderson Jenny U.S. Proposes Ban on ‘Flash’ Trading on Wall Street
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9/21 I Hate People – A Review Littman Jonathan I Hate People: Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job
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9/23 Motivation, Dan Pink, and TED Pink Dan the surprising science of motivation
9/25 I have to Risk Gurstelle William Take Smart Risks
9/30 Dreaming Big, Risk, Failure, and other Thoughts Clayton Dallas Awesomebook
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10/1 A Sea Change Economy Seneca Joseph the economy will recoup the job losses in 2017
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10/5 Funny Bit About High Frequency Trading Bee Samantha Cash Cow – High-Frequency Trading
10/12 Nobel Prize for Economics Tingling Peter Octothorpe Software
10/14 President Obama, Leverage, and Energy Decisions Atal Maha Will Obama bypass Congress on climate rules?
10/19 Education, Games, and Peer Learning Gee James Big Thinkers: James Paul Gee on Grading with Games
10/21 US Values have Changed, but the Change is Subtle Capps Robert Good Enough Revolution
10/23 Using a Multiple as a Compensation Distribution Model Wutkowski Karey Pay Czar Emphasizes Wide “Clawback” Power
10/28 Extension Cords, Cash Flow, and Entrepreneurship Goltz Jay Eleven Easy Ways to Destroy Your Company
10/29 Three Brain Topics: Biology, Cause and Effect, and Love Ellisman Mark The Whole Brain Catalog (http://wholebraincatalog.org)
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11/2 The Chemistry of an Argument Bregman Peter The Martial Art of Difficult Conversations
11/16 A Growing Knowledge Base – Robotics Cohen Roger Of Fruit Flies and Drones
11/19 Mathieu Lehanneur and Design Lehanneur Mathieu science-inspired design
12/6 We need a new Medici Effect, A New Renaissance Hague Umair Why Dubai Defaulted — And What America Should Learn From It
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12/7 Rules of Thumb – A Review Webber Alan Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self
12/11 Confidence and Mistakes Hallinan Joseph Why We Makes Mistakes
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12/15 Data and Creative Story Telling Yau Nathan Flowing Prints
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12/16 Value Creation with Fahrenheit 212 Hira Nadira Fahrenheit 212 – The innovator’s paradise
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12/21 An Economic Winter Solstice Gross Daniel Jobs Are on the Way!
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12/28 Valuable Data from Failure Lehrer Jonah Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up
12/30 Up In the Air: A Self Reflective Movie Reitman Jason Up In the Air
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