Not that we didn’t see this coming but FOLLETT book fairs and E fairs are being discontinued in mid November. How many people are gonna lose jobs over that decision
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Also one of the main contributing factors, which seems to be the norm within the company, is that management just doesn't listen to their employees. Right from the beginning, there were concerns about moving too fast. Nobody listened. When the Titanic finally hit the iceberg everybody was scrambling trying to save the ship. Anybody with common sense got the he-l out of there. Now it's time to jump as it's almost completely submerged. Yet, the current management team that are still there are scratching their heads in disbelief. You've all been warned of this disaster over 2 years ago.
With all due respect board members don’t get bonuses. They get a fixed salary with no incentive. They are paid for governance and guidance not decision making. They don’t hire and fire individual business leaders.
If BF the President of FSS didn't go to the board and say we shouldn’t speed this up because we’re not capable of the shipping and logistics then shame on her. If she told the board we shouldn’t do this and here’s why and the board said do it anyway and she didn’t hold her ground then shame on her. She was President of FSS and a board member herself and her name is on the building and her cousin or uncle is the drunken chairman.
Like I said prior everyone loves to talk accountability until it falls their way. This falls squarely at her incapable feet.
That is SOP for Follett Senior Management, they make REALLY BAD decisions and no amount of reasoning by the subject matter experts can convincement them that we shouldn't be doing this. Fails and they blame everyone else. YOU OWN THEIR BAD DECSIONS. Fascinating (and sad) watching Follet crumble. Pleaded with a senior VP to change course and presented numbers to back up argument. Answer, we've already made the decision - we can't go back because it would make us (management) look bad. So Follett Family, YOUR management team was only worried about making themselves look bad. But the Family does have the CEOof content working for an investment company.
That's where the term overzealous comes to play. So much focus was put onto sales that nobody ever sat down (at least while sober) and did the math regarding operations and logistics. You really cant blame anyone other than the ones who didnt stand up and say "we can't do this right now". Believe me, we all were against moving too quick too soon. Nobody listened, the board members wanted their bonuses.
I’m pretty sure the inept ceo and board and even the drunken chairman are not to blame for Book Fairs failing and believe me I struggle daily working at a place with TL at the controls. In this case though under the leadership of BF it took over two years to fail to stand up a simple business selling our core business books to children off of rolling carts in school cafeterias and school libraries also our core business. The board maybe wanted us to go faster because they’d seen businesses go from zero to 250 million in less time. Two years to extend our core business into a perfectly adjacent market and we failed miserably? We all want accountability until it falls at our feet. Try blaming the owner of the FSS business BF for being helpless at everything but blame.
If there were overzealous expectations in 2018, they came from a inept Board and CEO, led by a drunk with an IQ of 45. I’m pretty sure all the Book Fair folks were telling them you are moving too fast. But, like everything else, the Follett’s ruin everything they touch and then take no accountability for it.
In fall 2019, BF had to personally apologize to dozens of schools who's book fairs were cancelled and mis-managed over the lack of experienced leadership. Spring 2020 was going to be the save-all, but then COVID hit and it turned into the end-all of book fairs. Although COVID didn't help, the troubles started in summer of 2018 with overzealous expectations and a bunch of Scholastic rejects who partied hard on the Follett corporate credit card.
You know darn well the new buyers had zero intention of keeping book fairs. It’s their choice what to do with their new company and I’m sure cutting them was part of the deal from the beginning.
A bit Trumpy? Weird flex.
She was a reporter in a 5th rate market Oklahoma where there are more steer than people. She wrote a book nobody bought but tells everyone about it every chance she gets. Just like the Emmy which she fails to tell you was not actually the real deal. Then she called her dad and decided to be an SVP of Marketing and a board member of a three billion dollar company WITH NO BUSINESS EXPERIENCE OF ANY KIND. The dishonesty was always there but became harmful when she began pretending like she was for real and stepping on people here in McHenry that got in her way. Firing people that she disagreed with on a subject she had no expertise in and scheming with CF, TL and his band of Sears castoffs. She took credit for Book Fairs until it went bad. Now she’s masquerading as the CEO of content.
This garbage does belong here because at least it’s the honest truth not the made up story all the Follett’s peddle to convince us all they’re great leaders.
"maybe she should go back to being a reporter where dishonesty if (sic) a good quality).
Was she a dishonest reporter who was rewarded? If so, how was she dishonest and how was she rewarded for her dihonesty?
That is a bit trumpy, don't you think? Does that garbage belong here?
That does sound pretty disgusting. Who knows what kind of germs are spreading around at those book fairs. Are the kiddos wearing gloves?
Tell me what school would want a couple hundred grade school kids touching books during a pandemic? Let's be real.
Didn’t BF say it was all staying the same? The family 2.0 strikes again. She is not credible nor competent enough to run even this small “CEO” role. Maybe she should go back to being a reporter where dishonesty if a good quality. I hope the new owners find this site to see how everyone really feels about her.
New owners, new direction. I guess book fairs is not in the plan.
There are some very fine people in that group. I hate to see this happen to them.
I'd say about 50 employees?