3 Leadership Lessons Before You Drop-Kick Your Garmin

Kathy Rapp Career Advice, Change, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I received a Garmin fitness tracker for Mother’s Day this year. This gift followed a Peloton bike for my wedding anniversary.  And before you think my husband is not so discreetly saying there’s more of me to love than he would like – I asked for both fitness gadgets (ok, the bike is not really a gadget given it costs …

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It Always Pays to Help Employees Build on Their Strengths

John Hollon Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Talent Management, Training and Development

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a hundred times while listening to managers give performance reviews to their employees – “Here are the areas you need to work to improve on.”  It sounds like a really smart thing to do, doesn’t it? After all, don’t we all want to improve on our weaknesses? Well … no. Although it would …

Swimming Upstream: Should Employees Purposely Fail To Build Character?

Dawn Burke Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Performance

This weekend I practiced my weekly Sunday morning, 40-something, ritual.  I got up and watched CBS Sunday Morning. I mean that is what 40-somethings do, right (#justme?). There was a really incredible feel-good story embedded in a news cycle of crazy that made me sit up.  Not much gets my slouchy, Sunday self to sit up – this did. It …

Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Workforce Management Articles

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It’s an important fact of life in every organization, so I’m writing about it again today. Here’s the trick: Imagine you could film every manager in your organization trying to defend a strategy, action, change, etc. taken by the company to their team.  Would they own it or point to a higher power …

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 …

Not a Whole “Lotto” Thought Went Into That Decision, United

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Recognition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards

You’ve all read about United Airlines replacing bonuses with a lottery and trying to tie it to their Core4 mission to become “known as the most caring airline in a highly-competitive industry”.  It didn’t go over so well.  In fact, it crashed and burned. The announcement was made public on a Friday, and by the following Tuesday United announced they …

Black Panther and Leadership

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Communication, Diversity, in the news, Influence, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

Been reading a lot about diversity and inclusion work lately. Two reasons—I am responsible for Talent Acquisition and Management for a company that wants to do more in a typically male-dominated industry. Just as importantly, I have a daughter who is asking me questions about life, jobs and pop culture. If you’re an HR pro, or if you care about …

Email is Where Your Strategy Goes to Die

Corey Burns Coaching, Communication, Corey Burns, Corporate America, Email, Influence, Innovation, Leadership, Networking, Uncategorized

In my last article, Turn Your Talent Failures into Wins – Part 1, we dove into how our best intentions of planning for the New Year go just as well as our plan for using our gym memberships – they don’t. I know, it sounds almost too simple but the fact is that effectively planning is half the battle to …

Kiss My Grit: Why Grit Should Be a Consideration When Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Growing up in the 1970s, I watched the t.v. show Alice.  Each time over-the-top waitress Flo would tell diner owner Mel to “Kiss my grits,” I’d laugh.  I loved grits,  so as a kid couldn’t understand why she used the phrase as a put down or shove off as opposed to a wonderful invitation.  I get it now. GRIT, like …

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

RJ Morris Bad HR, Change Management, Coaching, Corporate America, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, RJ Morris

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let’s get the team together away from the office and fix everything that’s wrong. Hire a facilitator to help us help ourselves.” Done and done. At its worst, it’s not quite group therapy, but it’s close. At its best, it’s a …