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 …

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 …

Kick-Start Your HR Creativity – Two Lessons From Jared Leto

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, wellness, Work Life Balance

The Thin Red Line. Fight Club.  American Psyco.  These are films that solidified Jared Leto‘s success as an Oscar-winning actor. Then, as his star was rising, he basically stopped making movies. “I think it was about focus. I knew that I needed to commit everything to music at that point in my life,” said Leto. Fast Company interviewed Jared Leto and …

Straight Outta Your Employees: The Power of User-Generated Content

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, HR, HR & Marketing, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Social Media, Social Media and Talent, Social Recruiting, Talent Strategy

Straight Outta Compton, the musical biopic about hip-hop group N.W.A,  opened two weeks ago to the tune of $60.2M in box office sales, steamrolling their initial $40M projections. The film attributes opening weekend success to a strong marketing campaign with a wildly successful social media play.  For most of August, social media streams have been plastered with ‘Straight Outta…’ memes …

Intimacy In The Workplace: It’s a “Do”

Kathy Rapp Change, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, Retention, Work Life Balance

The Breakfast Club (TBC) is 30 years old this year, which means I first saw it when I was 3. Okay… maybe I was 5. It’s a classic movie that highlights 5 different types of high school students and a Saturday spent in detention. It depicts the students as the criminal, the basketcase, the princess, the brain and the athlete. …

A Compensation Plan Where Everyone Earns More Is… Stupid

RJ Morris Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Leadership, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

When I finished my undergrad, I wanted to be a college professor. Summers off, four or five classes to teach, the opportunity to do research, no high school punks to deal with—it seemed perfect for me. So, I entered grad school and taught two classes on my own while taking my classes. I loved teaching, but hated being a teacher. …

Connecting To Humans At Work

Paul Hebert Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Pop Culture

I’ve been on a tear for the last couple of years to get companies – no, reset – not companies – PEOPLE (companies are NOT people) to approach their business in a more human way. Too much of the recent focus of business has been on software, and making the engagement effort at most companies a function of survey responses, …

Everyone Needs Their Mr. Spock

Jason Pankow Culture, Current Affairs, Generations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Pop Culture, Television, Uncategorized

Whatever… I know it’s late.  But my turn wasn’t up yet. Still, despite the late timing, I can’t let my opportunity pass without paying homage to the one and only Leonard Nimoy. I grew up with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock—a beautiful 1970s bromance. Captain Kirk was the epitome of leadership.  He was strong.  He was decisive.  He was good …

Five Common Employees… As Shown by the Oscars

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Culture, Jason Pankow, Performance, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy, Television

Another year of entertainment has come and gone.  The awards season is officially over with the completion of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. If you are anything like me—as you were watching all the beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and the handsome men with their chiseled jaws and trendy facial hair walk down the red carpet with their doting spouses, …