FEI Weekly

January 30, 2018

How disruptable is your industry? And 3 steps to recovering from a work failure.

Exxon to Invest $50 Billion in U.S.

Fox Business

Exxon Mobil said Monday it will invest $50 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. The world’s largest publicly traded oil company continues to evaluate tax reform’s impact and whether lower rates will allow Exxon to further expand facilities along the Gulf Coast, according to CEO Darren Woods.

Will the Democratization of Development Help Companies Retain Talent?

Associations Now

In a new study from the Conference Board based on a global survey of CEOs, CFOs, and chief HR officers, attracting and retaining talent is the top concern among all the leaders surveyed. Leaders are trying to address the issue less with compensation and more with increasing engagement. According to the report, "They are focused on ‘democratizing’ development: not only improving leadership development programs, but enhancing employee skill training and development at all levels of the organization."

The Best Time to Send an Email


A recent report that examined hundreds of millions of emails, revealed that the best email strategy is to send your emails at a time when fewer other people are sending them. Statistically, that means your sweet spot is likely Sunday evenings. Moreover, emails sent in the early morning or the early evening--more specifically, between 6 and 7 a.m., or around 8 p.m.--had very solid reply rates: around 45 percent.

Is Your Industry in a Viability, Durability, Volatility or Vulnerability State?

Harvard Business Review

Accenture’s Disruptability Index measures an industry’s current level of disruption as well as its susceptibility to future disruption. Their research showed that it is possible for business executives to assess how susceptible their industry is to disruption and why, and to do the same at a more granular level for their company. Armed with that knowledge, they will be better able to define the right strategic response and act with confidence.

3 Things to Do When You Fail at Work


The first thing to do when you make a big mistake at work is to get ahead of it. Tell your boss before your boss finds out. Be brief and get to the point. The second thing is to take responsibility. Don't blame others or some outside force. Lastly, end on a positive note. Show your boss you are working toward a solution and developing yourself as a professional.