Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …

3 Ways To Avoid Hiring Nightmares

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Career Paths, Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Strategy

I hate hiring for myself. The kissing multiple frogs aspect before finding my prince/princess is tough. Rarely am I talking to someone where there’s not something I like or appreciate about them. It frankly sucks to spend time with someone you genuinely like, only to have to say “you’re not the one.” I also hate hiring because I’ve set the …

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

“Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley” is one of the reasons I continued to watch SNL in the 90’s.  Al Franken invented and acted out Stuart in a way that made you laugh and cringe at the same time. I’m not an affirmation gal.  The closest I get is coaching my daughter to tell me to “Buck up, Mommy!” whenever I …

3 Ways To Create Your Own Warrior Team

Kathy Rapp Change, Coaching, Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Recruiting, Sports

On April 13th, the Golden State Warriors made history with their 73rd win for the season.  In just a bit over 5 years they’ve gone from trash to cash, literally quadrupling the $450 million dollar investment led by Joe Lacob, a partner in the Silicon Valley VC firm, Kleiner Perkins. Lacob, and a number of his VC friends, will tell …

Addicted to Queso and Other Leadership Predicaments

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, wellness

I broke my left arm two weeks ago.  First broken bone, first ambulance ride, first ER visit.  All in tiny Columbus, Texas….which means I was terribly lucky they even had an ambulance, much less an ER. Why was I in Columbus?  It’s halfway between Austin and Houston and I was making a pit-stop.  And part of that stop involved queso. It …

What I Learned From AC/DC

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Development, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

If you read my bio,  you know I’m a music fan.  In particular, I get excited by loud, vibrant and heart-stopping tunes.  So when a former colleague messaged me he was touring with AC/DC and they’d be in Houston, I had no shame in asking (ok… begging) him for tickets. Not only did we have amazing seats, but he also hooked …

Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Generations, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, War for Talent

Gen X version: “Call me (call me) on the line Call me, call me any, anytime“ Millennial version: “Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number, So call me, maybe!” Aside from the observation that Millennials are much coyer in their request for a call (“So call me, maybe!”) and those of us who identify …

Kick-Start Your HR Creativity – Two Lessons From Jared Leto

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, wellness, Work Life Balance

The Thin Red Line. Fight Club.  American Psyco.  These are films that solidified Jared Leto‘s success as an Oscar-winning actor. Then, as his star was rising, he basically stopped making movies. “I think it was about focus. I knew that I needed to commit everything to music at that point in my life,” said Leto. Fast Company interviewed Jared Leto and …

Screw The Gym. 3 Healthier Ways To Keep Your 2016 HR Resolutions

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, HR & Sports, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Social Media, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, wellness

January 1st.  My gym is packed.  Brand new workout gear is on display.  There’s a line for the adduction lever machine. Fitness resolutions are certainly worthy, but, like most well-intentioned resolutions, are hard to keep without help.  You’ve also probably got some HR resolutions on your list.  Why not kill two birds… and forget the gym!  Here are three ways …

Kick-A$$ Career Advice for 2016

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR (& Life!) Advice, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, wellness, Working With Recruiters

It’s that time of year. The traditional time of reflecting and planning for our professional lives is upon us. It’s bull. It’s actually the worst time to be doing any remembering, preparing or thinking about your career. Why? Well, if you’re like me, you’re exhausted. You’re cramming to get all the stuff you said you’d do LAST December done. You’re …