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

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 …

You Dropped the Ball

Mark Fogel HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, Performance

My painful summer of 2018 as a Met fan is highlighted by their shortstop dropping the ball after colliding with an outfielder in the 13th inning of a meaningless game against the San Francisco Giants. Or was it meaningless? Having spent 2 weeks this past month watching Little Leaguers on ESPN leading up to the Little League World Series, I …

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 …

HR In The New World Of Work – Through The Lens Of A Customer

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Recruiting, Talent Management, The HR Profession

Nike has been in the headlines lately.  Emerging from those headlines is the story of a significant loss of opportunity within a key segment of Nike’s customers. Nike is the biggest sports footwear and apparel company in the world, commanding $34.4 billion in revenue last year.  And yet Nike’s women’s business made up only about a fifth of the total business. …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season and March Madness

Mark Fogel Employment Law, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, Policies, politics, Talent Management

Unlike most of my posts, this one is a mixed bag with multiple topics. First, it’s conference season for the talent community as there is a smorgasbord of offerings and some cool places to travel to. Austin, Vegas, San Diego, and later this year Chicago. Let’s not forget some overseas offerings as well. Big, small, and everything in between. For …

3 Talent Trends HR Shares with The Winter Olympics

Kathy Rapp A.I., Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR, HR & Sports, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Risks, Sexual Harassment, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent, Women in the Workplace

Ahhh.  The Olympics.  The beauty.  The drama.  The similarities to our work world. The 2018 Winter Olympics are just beginning, but the anticipation of great competition and hyper-sports analogies are in full blast.  And all the Tonya and Nancy memories.  Seems like just yesterday. Therefore, it’s only fitting to highlight the talent trends between our HR lives and the Olympic …

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 …

Through Hell and High Water: Your People Strategy

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR & Sports, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Metrics, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

After the Houston Astros knocked off three historic teams—The Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers—the city of Houston celebrated its first-ever World Series Championship.  “Houston Strong“, coined post-Hurricane Harvey, became the mantra and the common thread that bound players, fans and observers together. Beer was certainly part of that celebration, and Budweiser produced another tear-inducing spot that gave props to a …

Should HR Take a Knee or Sit on the Sidelines?

Mark Fogel Corporate America, Good HR, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, politics

Taking a knee during the national anthem at National Football games is today’s discussion. If you work in HR can you take a knee or do you need to sit, or rather stand, on the sidelines? HR folks are all about political correctness, but what if you disagree about what you’re being asked to defend daily? In professional football, we …