Corporate Mumbo Jumbo

Meredith Soleau Communication, Meredith Soleau

I realize that every business has its own lingo. For example, at car dealerships, we say things that might not make sense to other people. Under water = Negative equity Money on the back end = Money made in finance Money on the front end = Money made in Sales Units = Cars Floor plan = Line of credit Light …

American Idol Accused of Racism

Meredith Soleau Candidate Pool, EEO, Meredith Soleau, Pop Culture

Who better than to report on the latest American Idol scandal than FOT's best karaoke star? Nobody! I should have tried out for the show. Hindsight is always 20/20. Anyway, in case you haven't seen it on the news channels, American Idol has a complaint filed against them at the United States EEOC, charging racism, from nine African American contestants. New York attorney, …

The FOT Soap Box – Episode 2 [Video]

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, Meredith Soleau, The FOT Soap Box, William Tincup

We're back as promised with Episode 2 of the The FOT Soap Box. Today's lineup: Meredith reveals a chapter of her book and deals with her employee's wives William serves up solutions to The Noise We extend #TimSackettDay and take a moment to honor the great Paul Hebert How The FOT Soap Box works: Three FOT contributors, one microphone Bi-weekly G …

One Hat, Two Hats, Red Hat, Blue Hat

Meredith Soleau Career Paths, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Meredith Soleau

Tim Sackett will tell you the best way to find out about what's going on at work is to hang with the smokers. Like, even if you don't smoke, go outside with them. I agree. Although, here at the dealership, it's the occasional beer after work that allows me to find out what's going on. And sometimes, I get invited for these beers. I …

Conferences: Find Better Speakers

Meredith Soleau Audacious Ideas, Communication, Don't Feed the Vendors, Good HR, Meredith Soleau, SHRM

Over the past two months, I have been to three conferences (Ohio SHRM, Recruiting Trends, and Digital Dealer). Each conference had good sessions and bad sessions. I want to talk about the bad ones and piss off about half of the speaking circuit. Motivational Speakers? Are Stupid. Nothing makes me more upset than spending $800 to attend a two day …

Prepare Your Company For A Zombie Apocalypse

Meredith Soleau Audacious Ideas, Meredith Soleau, Social Media and Talent, War for Talent

If there's one thing that keeps HR people up at night, it's threat of a zombie apocalypse. Can we all agree on this? The threat of a zombie take over is something that the CDC openly talks about, but OSHA just sweeps it under a rug, as if zombies don't even exist! Shame on you, OSHA! We know where to …