Lessons from LeBron: Are You MVP Material?

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Leadership

Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – – and now LeBron James.  Named MVP of the NBA, LeBron is the 3rd youngest to ever win the award and quickly credited his coach and teammates saying, “Individual accolades come when team success happens”.  He had incredible stats on the offensive end and finished second in the voting for defensive player of …

Help me…Help you. How NOT to Play the Salary Negotiation Game

Kathy Rapp Compensation/Cash Money, Kathy Rapp, Making Offers, Recruiting

Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire said it best, “Help me…help you.  Help me, help you“.  The context – Jerry is talking to Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) about his prima donna attitude at a time Jerry was trying to help him secure a better contract to play football.  Hmmm.  This sounds relevant to compensation conversations I’ve had with candidates, and …

The Wild West Returns – To Your Company Parking Lot…

Kathy Rapp Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp

I love Texas – stereotypes and all.  We still have cowboys/cowgirls, oilmen and women, the Alamo, armadillos and big hair.  We also have those who love their shotguns and Colt 45s – and yes, hunting is to Texas as hockey is to Canada. Recently, our youngest senator, Glenn Hegar Jr., proposed a bill that would prohibit employers from banning firearms in their …

HR Speak – Time to Regulate the Funkiness

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp

Brad Pitt and I were hanging out the other night watching his stellar performance in “The Mexican” when a line from his co-star struck me as particularly humorous and thought-provoking.  James Gandolfini proudly proclaimed to Julia Roberts that even though he was a hired hit-man, in truth, “I’m just here to regulate the funkiness”.  Yeah!!!   It got me thinking about …

Performance Management: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Performance

One of my favorite memories of 12th grade literature was studying “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri.  This epic poem describes Dante’s journey through the 9 circles of Hell where we learn about those sinners who are punished in a fashion fitting their crimes.  For example, in the 3rd circle which represents gluttony, those that ate a bit too much …

Meaningful Rewards? Skip the Coffee – Remember the Sticker…

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp

In second grade, it was all about getting the scratch-n-sniff sticker.  Not the gold star, not the smiley face, but the highly coveted (and in my case grape scented) scratch-n-sniff on the top of your paper.  This meant you REALLY aced the test or your sentence structure was better crafted than all the other kids in the class.  Wasn’t it …