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 …

HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****”

Mark Fogel Change, Mark Fogel, Risks

My favorite movie line of all time and something every HR practitioner needs to do, “Sometimes you need to just say ‘what the ****’ and take some risks.” The quote comes from the movie Risky Business. Joel, the character played by Tom Cruise, is much like a teenage version of an HR pansy. Coasting through life on smarts, good looks …

North Carolina, HB2 and HR

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Change, Change Management, Laurie Ruettimann, Policies

I live in North Carolina, a state so beautiful that people like me visit from desperate hell holes in the Midwest and say things like, “I’m never going home.” That was more than eight years ago, and I meant what I said. There’s no going back. This is my home. I was born in the north, but my soul belongs …

Back-to-School with HR

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Communication, Laurie Ruettimann, Talent Strategy

It’s the end of August, and many HR parents are dealing with the back-to-school blues. Not your blues. You’ve got your life on lockdown, and your kids have been ready for class since July. Instead, you’re dealing with colleagues and associates who act as if back-to-school is a new thing every year and cannot get their acts together. Matt in …

Nobody Wants Those Crummy Trump Jobs

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, Immigration, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m unabashedly libertarian in my politics. I don’t think government can solve anything that you can’t fix yourself. There are exceptions, of course. You can’t fight systemic problems like racism and sexism that are baked into our operating system. Like a computer virus, those problems require intervention beyond our individual capabilities. But, for the most part, you’re accountable for bringing …

Safe HR Topics for Troubled Times

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Communication, Culture, Good HR, Influence, Laurie Ruettimann, wellness

Unless you’re living in a cave, you are up-to-speed on all the latest problems in the world. From the bombings in Baghdad to gun violence in America, there doesn’t seem to be much good news to celebrate. What’s happening on TV or the internet is largely depressing. When we’re not being sold a product, we’re being sold an ideology. Or …

Back Into The Frying Pan

John Whitaker Career Paths, Change, Communication, Culture, John Whitaker

For the last handful of years, I’ve been a free-range chicken, roaming from roost to roost spreading good cheer and occasional wisdom. The life of a consultant is one that doesn’t suit everyone, but for me it felt like a worn-in Birkenstock. Unfortunately, it’s a lifestyle that didn’t have the resiliency of a worn-in Birkenstock. Daddy needs new shoes. Yes, …

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 …

Showing Up: The Most Important Piece Of The Puzzle

Michael Carden Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Driving Productivity, FOT Reads, Giving Notice, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology

No one at that dinner had been sleeping properly for weeks, and it wasn’t just the impossible heat of an impossibly long Auckland summer. My phone was ringing on the table, face down, slowly vibrating its way towards my lap. As it breached the edge the lit screen suddenly caught my eye in the darkness of the bistro, broke through …