Walk This Way: What the #GoogleWalkout Means for HR Leaders

Kathy Rapp Assessments, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Free Speech, Harassment, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Retention, Sexual Harassment, Talent Management, The HR Profession 0 Comments

The irony of the Aerosmith reference in my title is not lost on me in the wake of the #GoogleWalkout over sexual harassment, gender and pay equality, and transparency in reporting. Check the lyrics if you were born in the ’90’s. What struck me as I was reading about this protest wasn’t necessarily the fact that Google paid executives to …

The Anatomy of An Amazing Pitch

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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 …

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 …

It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

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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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

You Got the Skills to Pay the Bills?

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I’ve got the skills to pay the bills, ya I got the got the got the skills to pay the bills I’ve got the skills to pay the bills Ah what you got, I got the skills to pay the bills For those who don’t know me, my eclectic mix of music loves includes the Beastie Boys.  This track has …

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 …