The Soundtrack of Your Career…

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

It’s a phenomenon not uncommon to most – how music ties into certain points in your life.  I hear a song and can tell you with decent accuracy the year it came out and what I was doing at the time.  On a long plane ride recently, I started thinking about the music on my iPod.  Hearing the first few …

Don’t Do Drugs – Unless You Work in HR…

Kathy Rapp Driving Productivity, Kathy Rapp, Outplacement

Another one of my favorite movies is “Dazed and Confused” which depicts high school life in the 70’s (great soundtrack too).  There are classic characters and the typical alcohol and drug undertones – which made me think of corporate America and a recent Workforce Management poll.  It was reported that 23% of HR pros have occasionally used a “substance” to …

The Most Interesting Person – – In the HR World…

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp

It's HOT in Houston.  And not only is it hot, it is also HUMID.  The combination means your clothes stick to every inch of your body just at the thought of going outside. Perhaps it is because of the immense heat that I'm drawn to beer ads (or it could be I just need to write a frivolous post).  My …

Lessons from LeBron: Are You MVP Material?

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Leadership

Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – – and now LeBron James.  Named MVP of the NBA, LeBron is the 3rd youngest to ever win the award and quickly credited his coach and teammates saying, “Individual accolades come when team success happens”.  He had incredible stats on the offensive end and finished second in the voting for defensive player of …

Help me…Help you. How NOT to Play the Salary Negotiation Game

Kathy Rapp Compensation/Cash Money, Kathy Rapp, Making Offers, Recruiting

Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire said it best, “Help me…help you.  Help me, help you“.  The context – Jerry is talking to Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) about his prima donna attitude at a time Jerry was trying to help him secure a better contract to play football.  Hmmm.  This sounds relevant to compensation conversations I’ve had with candidates, and …

The Wild West Returns – To Your Company Parking Lot…

Kathy Rapp Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp

I love Texas – stereotypes and all.  We still have cowboys/cowgirls, oilmen and women, the Alamo, armadillos and big hair.  We also have those who love their shotguns and Colt 45s – and yes, hunting is to Texas as hockey is to Canada. Recently, our youngest senator, Glenn Hegar Jr., proposed a bill that would prohibit employers from banning firearms in their …

HR Speak – Time to Regulate the Funkiness

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp

Brad Pitt and I were hanging out the other night watching his stellar performance in “The Mexican” when a line from his co-star struck me as particularly humorous and thought-provoking.  James Gandolfini proudly proclaimed to Julia Roberts that even though he was a hired hit-man, in truth, “I’m just here to regulate the funkiness”.  Yeah!!!   It got me thinking about …