“This is our concern, Dude”. How Awesome It Would Be If HR Talked “Big Lebowski”??!

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The Big Lebowski is one of the all-time great movies. It made my top 3 list here. As an FYI: If you weren’t born before 1998, you’re not going to get this post…

I’ve been told that everything in life can be related back to The Big Lebowski.  I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it is one of those flicks you’ve got to watch a few times before all the genius sinks in.

After watching it for the zillionth time, I’ve got to say there are key quotes HR should rebrand as our own. OR let’s just have a “BL” day where we try to sneak in as many quotes as we can into normal conversation. Can you picture the look on your CFO’s face as your inquiry into outstanding  Accounts Payable starts with, “They did not receive the money, you nitwit! They did not receive the money!  Her life was in your hands!”???

It would be pure awesome.

Here are a few of my other favorites and ideas on how to incorporate them into your HR lives:

“Life doesn’t stop and start with your sh&t” – OK. Do I really need to tell you how to use this one?  There are waaaay too many options, but my 1st would be for the manager who just needs ANOTHER 5 minutes of your time to talk about their personal issues with their boss.

“Yeah, well, that’s just like your opinion, man” – Answer to the General Council who feels like you need to fire Fred for parking in his reserved spot.

“Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon…with nail polish” – When the VP of Ops asks you for resumes within 24 hours of the job being open.

 “Nobody calls me Lebowski.  You got the wrong guy.  I’m the Dude, man” – Answer to anytime anyone says, “Go ask HR”.

“This is a very complicated case Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous” – When your being asked about the particulars of the executive comp package put in place for the CEO’s executive assistant.

“I’ll tell you what I’m blathering about…I’ve got information, man.!  New sh#t has come to light” – This could be a good addition to any resignation speech.

Bottom line, “The Big Lewbowski” encompasses a lot of cuss words, alcohol, the occasional drug reference, sex, money and bowling.  Tell me what’s NOT HR about all that?!!

“Yeah, well. The Dude abides”.  

I would love to know your favorite quotes from this or other classic movies and how you would use them in a HR setting. Hit me in the comments…

Kathy Rapp
Kathy Rapp is the CEO of hrQ where she helps companies find groovy HR Talent for permanent or project roles across the country. Prior to joining hrQ Kathy booked more than 15 years of diverse HR leadership experience working in F500s and start-up organizations. A connoisseur of the intersection between pop culture and business, Kathy believes many talent insights can be gleamed from the succession planning lessons experienced by Van Halen and AC/DC.