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 …

Performance Management: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp, Performance

One of my favorite memories of 12th grade literature was studying “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri.  This epic poem describes Dante’s journey through the 9 circles of Hell where we learn about those sinners who are punished in a fashion fitting their crimes.  For example, in the 3rd circle which represents gluttony, those that ate a bit too much …

Kathy Rapp Joins Fistful of Talent…!!!

Kris Dunn Kathy Rapp

Here at the FOT international headquarters, we wouldn't write about talent if we weren't constantly scanning the globe (um, filling up our Google Reader) and looking for the best pundits to add to the mix.  Good news – we locked in on a new team member, and I approached her with an offer she couldn't refuse – the endless buffets at FOT …

Meaningful Rewards? Skip the Coffee – Remember the Sticker…

Kathy Rapp Kathy Rapp

In second grade, it was all about getting the scratch-n-sniff sticker.  Not the gold star, not the smiley face, but the highly coveted (and in my case grape scented) scratch-n-sniff on the top of your paper.  This meant you REALLY aced the test or your sentence structure was better crafted than all the other kids in the class.  Wasn’t it …

No Fa-Fa-Fa-Fooling – Coaching Def Leppard (and Your New Hires) Not to Commit Political Suicide..

Kris Dunn Culture, Kathy Rapp, Onboarding, Retention

I admit it.  I LOVE Def Leppard.  Regardless of the fact that I don’t understand much of what Joe Elliot actually sings: ”You’re bringin’ on the heartbreak, yeah yeah, uh huh, watermelon…”, the band rocks and I still remember sitting in my date’s Honda Prelude, CD blaring on our way to the “Hysteria” concert – topped off with a post-concert …