Standing Desk Etiquette, When to Get a Coach

On episode 97 of the HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Kris Dunn, Jessica Lee, and Tim Sackett come together to discuss Station Eleven, standing desk etiquette, and the phenomenon of life coaching.

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Show Highlights

1:45 – Any Station Eleven fans? Tim feels some kinship because it takes place around his home, the Great Lakes.

5:30 – JLee remembers KD’s commitment to do 100 pull ups a day. He says he doesn’t do them everyday but he can do 120-150 reps.

7:30 – JLee asks a question about work from home etiquette. She was on a call with someone that was at a standing desk. She felt like the person standing was being imposing.

12:30 – Anyone else eat spaghetti on Zoom? JLee does. And tomato soup…

13:00 – Coaching is all the rage. JLee asks why it’s so popular and who the type of person is that becomes a coach. Tim thinks it’s all the boomers that early-retired during the pandemic.

17:00 JLee wonders when a coach is even necessary and if an AI bot would just be a better option to chat.

19:00 – Tim went to a coach once and he just felt like all the coach was doing was agreeing with what he was already thinking and doing.

21:45 – KD wonders what percentage of coaches can actually deliver what someone needs. He thinks only 10-20%.

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24:45 – JLee wonders why people want to separate the pay conversation from a performance review. Tim agrees and doesn’t understand it either.

28:00 – Tim’s first pay increase in a corporate environment was 3% and he was furious. He couldn’t wrap his head around it.

32:00 – KD starts doing a mock performance review/pay conversation with JLee. The pay will never be what you want.

34:00 – KD says people don’t contrast good vs. great enough.



Jessica Lee is the director of digital talent strategy for Marriott International. She leads global talent focused digital and social media efforts across the enterprise which includes a family of 16 brands.

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community ? so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.