It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

Petting zoos are a staple at small-town rodeos. Chicks, bunnies, ducks, pigs – and of course, baby goats. I’m beginning to believe goats are the new avocados. Stay with me, here. For the last few years, avocados have been the “it” food. Smashed, sliced, spread – every way you can top toast with avocado has been featured on menus at …

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 …

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 …

Develop Your HR Philosophy

John Cloonan Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m a natural cynic, which means that I don’t buy the hype around anything from pony rides to human resources conferences. If people are having fun, I’m skeptical. There’s a term for how I view the world. I’m a defensive pessimist. I try to figure out what can go wrong so I can prevent sorrow and chaos. Believe it or …

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 …

7 Controllable Things Any HR Pro Can Do To Make Their Company Better

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, HR (& Life!) Advice

There are scores of tips for HR pros to help make their companies better – be more strategic, be disruptive, be an advisor, etc. Being all those things is good, but it takes focus. Here are seven controllable (but not always easy) acts any HR pro can do that trumps a Master’s Degree and will make their company better. Get off …

Control Your HR World With These Princess Leia Tricks

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice

You say you’ve lost control? You’ve never had control. But you can’t let that stop you. You’ve got work to do—good work. You’ve got people who depend on you and need you. And, yeah, having a job pretty much is a must. (You still have that mortgage to pay, kids who need school supplies, and dammit… yes, yes, yes, paying for …