Thursday, August 13, 2015

Faking Smart!, the book, is free through Monday!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015



Being “cross-functional” is a term used to describe an employee that has the ability to move in and out of one’s specific job description. The term may eventually go out of fashion, but the significance of its meaning will not.

Why be cross-functional? Well, the more you know of the different components that, when combined, help to make your company function, the more valuable an employee you become. If you are on the operations team and accounting plays a large role in the accuracy of your reporting, a good understanding of accounting and how the accounting department operates may help you do your job. Also, there may be a case when the accounting department is understaffed. If this coincides with “downtime” in your own department, (and, you get the “go-ahead” from your boss) you may find it helpful to offer your services…until the logjam loosens up and you can return to the operations team. If you can do this, you are guaranteed to impress and be appreciated.

Being cross-functional means that you are able to adapt, or be adapted to many different workplace demands. This versatility increases your value to your team and to your company. Being cross-functional demonstrates intelligence, curiosity and a willingness to apply oneself at a level that exceeds the traditional expectations placed on a company employee.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Now and then we like to remind people of our ground-breaking study in office eyewear. Our research shows that glasses really do make a person appear smarter. Look at this proof:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014



With the flu and cold season in full force, be sure to limit your exposure to communicable disease and bacteria.

The FSRI recommends that you use this stuff:

And these things:

Wipe your down your phone, your keyboard, the doorhandles in your office, and even your coworkers.

"BE SAFE," implores the FSRI. "Why take a risk?"

The FSRI Division of Moral and Physical Hygiene

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Here's your Faking Smart! tip for the day: 


Once you've built your factory, hire 348 people to work in it. Once you've hired your workers, then decide what you will make in your factory. Suggestions: ointment, bricks, soup, or weapons.

Good luck!

the FSRI

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Beyond Asimios Wins Best Science Fiction Series Award

The FSRI is pleased and excited to announce this year's Science Fiction Series Award. Our selection committee, after a process of intense and thorough consideration, established this year's winner by unanimous vote. Beyond Asimios, by Martin Fossum, was chosen Best Science Fiction Series for 2013.

 Beyond Asimios
From everyone at the FSRI and from everyone on our selection committee, congratulations, Mr. Fossum, on a job well done.

Picking this year's science fiction series winner was not easy. This year's candidates were numberless and the quality of submissions at an incredibly high level. The FSRI wishes to thank everyone for their participation and to encourage authors of all cut and stripe to continue the hard work and dedication under which all great series of science fiction are born.

Writing is not easy these days, what with all the competition from blogs and self-publishing and other types of nonsense. With the industry the way it is, you can merely stick a title on a sheet of paper, write a few chapters, have your mother edit them and then - bingo! - you've got yourself a science fiction series. The FSRI will refrain from pandering to this kind of "fast food" fiction. Rest assured, when the FSRI gives a work of science fiction its imprimatur, you know you've got quality narrative on your e-reader.

That said, the FSRI wishes everyone a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year!

the FSRI