The Anatomy of An Amazing Pitch

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Graduation, HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Negotiation, Networking, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, Recruiting 1 Comment

A police chief, with a phobia for open water, battles a gigantic shark with an appetite for swimmers and boat captains, in spite of a greedy town council who demands that the beach stays open. That was the logline for Jaws – also known as the main reason I feared the ocean in the late 70’s. A logline is the …

Can a White Guy Lead Your Diversity & Inclusion Efforts?

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Corporate America, Diversity, Leadership, Seat at the Table, Uncategorized 9 Comments

It’s not lost on me that I’m uber-lucky to be a white male born in and living in the greatest country in the world.  The land of opportunity, especially for me. Privilege and opportunity that others who work here or in other countries around the world will spend their entire lives in hopes of getting.  And which some, regardless of …

This one time, I had to fire myself.

John Cloonan Bad HR, Communication, Corporate America, employee experience, Giving Notice, John Cloonan, Offboarding 0 Comments

The time had come. I had been stagnating in my current role. There was no other place for me to go in the organization. I had been filling that professional void with some consulting work on the side. One of my consulting clients decided they wanted me full time, and I had accepted. All that was left to do was …

The Ball Is In Our Court

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Women 2 Comments

This isn’t a post about women vs. men. Nor is it about the color of someone’s skin or ethnic background. It’s not even really about tennis. This is a post about teaching moments, and how frequently they seem to occur (and blur) in our professional and personal lives. The U.S. Open Women’s Championship match was one of those moments. As …

How Should I Dress for My Interview?

Tim Sackett Career Advice, Coaching, Corporate America, Dress Code, Tim Sackett

Have you noticed that this is becoming an issue for both candidates and employers? It used to be pretty simple. If you got an interview, for almost any position, you showed up in your ‘Sunday’s Best’. That usually meant some kind of suit and tie for dudes and some kind of dress/skirt/pantsuit for the ladies. Then ‘Business Casual’ happened and …

LeBron, Amazon, and Leaving Your PowerPoints At Home – Business Lessons For All Of Us.

Guest: Pat Lynch Business Development, Change, Communication, Corporate America, Games, Guest: Pat Lynch, HR & Sports, Leadership, Negotiation, Organizational Development, Pop Culture, Sports

LeBron James was the most valuable basketball free agent in the universe, and his signing with the Lakers over the weekend changed the landscape of professional sports. Deadspin recently published an article about his unique approach to his free agency this year, and there are valuable B2B business development lessons that all of us can learn from King James. “James …

A Robot Can Make Your Burger. What Does That Mean For HR?

Kathy Rapp A.I., Change, Change Management, Contingent Workforce, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR Tech, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Networking, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Robots, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession

I want to get on a plane and head to San Francisco to experience “Creator“, the new restaurant with the world’s first robot-made burger. “Creator isn’t the machine so much as it is the diner, the chef who uses the instrument, the dining experience, and the designers who created these robots.” As we talk about the future of work, technology …

Fighting Fatigue: The Right Way to Combat Employee Burnout

Guest: Rachel Bitte Corporate America, Culture, Rachel Bitte, Work Life Balance

The age of the “always on” worker is officially upon us. Today, nearly half of workers claim they feel encouraged by their employers to check email or work after hours, and with that demand comes rapidly increasing counts of employee fatigue. According to experts, burnout has now reached record levels, and it’s only likely to compound as younger generations feel …

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 …

Events From 2017 That Will Make a Lasting Impact in the Workplace

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Current Affairs, Employment Law, Harassment, Holidays, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Sexual Harassment, Women in the Workplace

I love reading trend predictions, but also enjoy the thoughtful look-back.  Makes me wish I’d saved some of those workforce articles from the 9o’s.  Lotus Notes.  Personal Digital Assistants.  Beavis and Butthead.  Causal Fridays. While I don’t miss the drama over what “casual” Fridays vs. jeans Fridays meant, there is a nostalgia that gets me this time of year.  Perhaps …