3 Ways To Create Your Own Warrior Team

Kathy Rapp Change, Coaching, Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Recruiting, Sports

On April 13th, the Golden State Warriors made history with their 73rd win for the season.  In just a bit over 5 years they’ve gone from trash to cash, literally quadrupling the $450 million dollar investment led by Joe Lacob, a partner in the Silicon Valley VC firm, Kleiner Perkins. Lacob, and a number of his VC friends, will tell …

Is Your Feedback an April Fools’ Joke?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

April Fools’ Day is a fun tradition of fooling others into believing something that isn’t true. It’s mostly harmless and in good fun. It’s less harmless when this becomes the standard practice for giving feedback in the company. Yet all too often, companies inadvertently set up feedback mechanisms that encourage foolish feedback – the type that is inaccurate, incomplete, and …

What I Learned From AC/DC

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Development, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

If you read my bio,  you know I’m a music fan.  In particular, I get excited by loud, vibrant and heart-stopping tunes.  So when a former colleague messaged me he was touring with AC/DC and they’d be in Houston, I had no shame in asking (ok… begging) him for tickets. Not only did we have amazing seats, but he also hooked …

Hierarchy Isn’t the Problem, Oppression Is!

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Organizational Development, Talent Management Power Rankings

Hierarchy is falling out of favor like jean shorts and intelligent political discord. I think it’s a scapegoat. Hierarchy doesn’t necessarily stifle innovation and engagement in the Knowledge Economy. What does? Answer: Discouraging opposing points of view, restricting access to information and ideas, and micro-management. These are the problematic behaviors that we need to banish, but these behaviors are not …

What To Do When Struggling With a Jerk at Work

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Personal Brand

Unfortunately, many of us will eventually have to work with someone we don’t get along with. Most of us will believe this other person is incompetent (or rude or dishonest or unqualified or whatever it is that we have a problem with), so we’ll spend the better part of the relationship simply wishing the other person would simply move along. …

How To Assess Your True Corporate Culture

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Organizational Development

In my last entry, we covered the role of corporate culture in achieving your company’s mission. Ideally, your corporate culture guides people’s behaviors to be consistent with the corporate values, which enable you to implement your strategy for achieving your mission. The trick is assessing whether your corporate culture is, in fact, aligned with your values. If it’s not, this …

“I’m Not Your HR Person” and Other Things You Want To Say To Your Parents

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Good HR, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession

It’s inevitable. Every holiday or family gathering means that at some point, usually within 45 minutes of your arrival, a parent will pull you aside and say, “Can you take a look at my computer?” Then, with great expectations, he/she will lead you into the office/bedroom and hover as you Google how to increase PC speed or fix a router. …

The Key Ingredient To A Strong Corporate Culture

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Organizational Development, Performance, Personal Brand

Most companies talk a big game about how strong their corporate culture is and how it shapes the employee experience. But culture is a buzzword that means different things to different people. What is culture anyway? One common definition describes culture as “the way people behave when no one is looking.” By that definition, “culture” influences how people behave. Therefore, …

The HR Gateway Drug = Candidate Experience

Dawn Burke Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Retention, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

Today we are gonna stir the pot a little on a topic most HR pros still need a 101 on—it’s called Candidate Experience (CE). My company, Daxko, just participated in the TalentBoard’s CandE awards because we wanted to get some important benchmark data on what is working with our candidate’s experience and what is not. As a VP of HR, I …

Mood Rings, Magic 8-Balls & Employee Engagement

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Retention

I’m a product of the 70s. I had bell bottoms, platform sandals and wore my hair in braids. I also had a mood ring that was a piece of crap.  It was always black or dark blue.  I suppose it could have meant I was perpetually intense or lovestruck, but let’s go with crap for the sake of my parents. …