The Sourcer Says: Don’t Listen to Hebert, I Love Your “Out of Office” email…

Kelly Dingee Communication, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Kelly Dingee

Paul Hebert is one of my favorite writers here at FOT.   He wrote this piece suggesting out of office emails are a subtle sign of disengagement. I’m going to encourage you to keep using them.  I use them.  Usually by the time I use them, it’s for an extended break, like Thanksgiving.  I’m usually at the point where I …

The Beatles, Lessons In Giving and FOT…

Dawn Burke Communication, Dawn Hrdlica, Influence

The last track on The Beatles last recorded album (Abbey Road) finished with the lyrics, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” Simple, straightforward, and a source of inspiration to me anytime I feel a bit lost.  Work can be a grind and at time feel quite thankless.  If you can take …

Are You A Coach in HR?

Tim Sackett Communication, Tim Sackett

I read an article recently in The New Yorker, probably the best article I’ve read all year, on the importance of “Coaching” by Atul Gawande.  Atul is a writer and a surgeon, smart and creative – I should hate him, but he’s so freaking brilliant! From the article: The concept of a coach is slippery. Coaches are not teachers, but …

Benchmarking and Breakfast – What We Can Learn From the Waffle House…

Steve Boese Communication, Good HR, Steve Boese

So which companies are today’s paragons of modern business practices? The ones most frequently cited in studies and articles highlighting excellent customer service, innovative approaches to design and product development, and for creating and sustaining rich, engaged, and enlightened environments where employees are valued and recognized for their contributions to organizational success? Which companies make the headlines, have authors penning …

You Assume Success, But Assume I’m Thinking Failure: Working Infertile Ground During Times of Change.

Dawn Burke Change, Communication, Dawn Hrdlica, Influence, Negotiation

FOT Nation:  Well, it’s looking like I may not be able to have kids.  I’m 39 and without going into a lot of detail, it may not medically be in the cards.  Now please know, I’m still fighting the good fight and don’t feel sunk.  There is still a lot to be done—so please no pity emails/responses/posts.  And please, I …

My Ninja…

William Tincup Communication, Employee Relations, HR (& Life!) Advice, William Tincup

I’m currently struggling with an imperfect workaround that I have created for myself.  The “workaround” is the stepsister to the coping mechanism.  It’s how we deal with shit.  Workaround shit.  And, thusly, get shit done. Those who know me know that I have two sons… Henry (5.5) and Van (1.5)… and those that know me, know that I listen to …