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 0 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 …

Playing The Guitar Is Good For Business

Ben Martinez Business Development, Culture, Dress Code, Hiring Managers, HR, Leadership, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 2 Comments

I learned how to play the guitar a couple of years ago, ironically at the same time, I decided to start my own business. I can play about three songs on the guitar before I have to seek outside help. With my recruiting and HR consulting business, I can handle about three clients before I have to look for outside …

Employer Branding Lessons From Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Guest: Abby Cheesman Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Recruitment Marketing, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy 2 Comments

I’ve been listening to Beyoncé and Jay-Z longer than our youngest intern has been alive. There, I said it. It’s a serious fandom, too. If you can hear “99 Problems” without singing along, I don’t know if we can even be friends. Don’t forget all of the Destiny’s Child classics like “Say My Name” or Beyoncé’s first solo album. I …

Good Leaders Give Bad News, Bad Leaders Avoid It at All Costs.

John Hollon HR, Leadership, Offboarding, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Workforce Management Articles 2 Comments

I’m always amazed at how so many leaders can get so far in management without learning one of the basic tenants of management. It’s this: Good leaders have to give bad news. Patty Azzarello learned this back when she became the youngest general manager in Hewlett Packard (HP) at the age of 33, and she reminded me of this basic …

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 …

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 …

Drake’s “God’s Plan” Is Telling You How to Do Recruiting and HR

Kris Dunn HR, Kris Dunn, Pop Culture

–Imagine if I never met the broskis… ————————————————— Life with kids these days is hard for a GenX parent.  While my wife has temporarily Jedi-mind tricked my 14-year old into loving hits from the 70s and 80s (she drives him around and she may as well have tied him up and made him listen to the Sirius stations for a …

Black Panther and Leadership

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Communication, Diversity, in the news, Influence, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

Been reading a lot about diversity and inclusion work lately. Two reasons—I am responsible for Talent Acquisition and Management for a company that wants to do more in a typically male-dominated industry. Just as importantly, I have a daughter who is asking me questions about life, jobs and pop culture. If you’re an HR pro, or if you care about …

Looking Back at What May Just Be the “Ballsiest” Cover Letter of All Time

John Hollon Candidate Pool, John Hollon, Pop Culture

Remember the old military concept of “shock and awe“? It got a lot of attention during the Iraq War, and is defined as rapidly dominating an opponent “by the initial imposition of overwhelming force and firepower.” But “shock and awe” isn’t just for the military; it’s useful whenever you want to overwhelm someone quickly and unexpectedly. In fact, I think …

Wonder “WHOA Man”

Kathy Rapp Current Affairs, Diversity, EEO, Employment Law, HR, HR & Marketing, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Lawsuits, politics, Pop Culture, Women, Women in the Workplace

More than anything, I wanted a Barbie when I was little.  Santa thankfully came through the year I was 5 and I still have that very special Barbie 20 years later (ok – that was a lie, it’s more like 30). Or 40. Let’s just say it was a loooong time ago. My daughter has now inherited my Barbie collection …