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
    O’Shea Michael The Brain: A Very Short Introduction
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
    Swanson William Swanson’s Unwritten Rules of Management
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
    Cooper Joshua Jobless in America: Is Double-Digit Unemployment Here to Stay?
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
    Kreider Tim The Referendum
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
    Hershon Marc  
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
    Bartz Carol Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: Unedited
10/1 A Sea Change Economy Seneca Joseph the economy will recoup the job losses in 2017
    Hughes James  
    Greenhouse Steven Wait Until 2017 Before Job Market Recovers, Report Says
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)
    Martone Maryann  
    Peltier Steve  
    Larson Stephen  
    Judson Olivia A Language of Smiles
    Desserich Brooke Notes Left Behind 
    Desserich Keith  
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
    Canada Geoffrey Harlem Children’s Zone
    Burton Tim Tim Burton on “Charlie Rose Show” (3/6)
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
    Duncan David A Crisis of Overconfidence
12/15 Data and Creative Story Telling Yau Nathan Flowing Prints
    Di Ieso Robert  
    Kasky Atley  
12/16 Value Creation with Fahrenheit 212 Hira Nadira Fahrenheit 212 – The innovator’s paradise
    Maulik Peter The Innovation Imperative: How CEOs Can Deliver the Type of Innovation They Seek
12/21 An Economic Winter Solstice Gross Daniel Jobs Are on the Way!
    Blinder Alan The Case for Optimism on the Economy
    Yousuf Hibah The unemployment rate is falling!
    Uchitelle Louis Labor Data Show Surge in Hiring of Temp Workers 
    Ellis Blake More raises, smaller pay increases in 2010
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
        Up In The Air Trailer

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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