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Lunch is for Wimps, So Keep Staring at Your Phone

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Culture, Kathy Rapp

Remember when owning a mobile phone was a symbol of success? You know, the Motorola monster Michael Douglas, aka Gordon Gekko, aka “Awww, lunch is for wimps“, wielded around so powerfully in 1987’s “Wall Street“?  Everyone wanted one, but only a few were privileged enough at the time to own one. Fast forward and A) recognize the speed of technological …

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Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …

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Turn Your Chairs With These 4 Blind Recruitment Tools

Kathy Rapp Diversity, Hiring Bias, Kathy Rapp

Don’t you love “The Voice“?  Blake and Adam’s banter over why a contestant should pick one over the other.  The jokes, the art and the contestant’s ultimate joy over being selected. Or just looking at Adam.  Or Blake. While “The Dating Game” likely pioneered the concept of blind auditions, “The Voice” has absolutely highlighted the relevance in modern society.  As studies …

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Writer’s Block. Six-Year-Olds. And Truth.

Kathy Rapp Benefits, Change, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, wellness

Be forewarned.  I am experiencing writer’s block.  It’s so bad, I just poured myself a glass of bubbly and then proceeded to leave it in the kitchen. Which meant I had to get up, lost my train of thought once again, but brought back the bubbly. Why do I have writer’s block?  I’m totally uninspired by pop culture, current music, …

10 HR Recommendations for 2017

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, FOT Shoutout, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, The HR Profession

RJ set me up nice last week with his post on questions to ask before looking for a new HR gig.  And he’ll be pleased to know at least 5 people read his blog, as hrQ has 5 fabulous new resumes! For the rest of you who are either happy, or on the fence yet motivated because it’s the start …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …

3 Ways To Avoid Hiring Nightmares

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Career Paths, Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Strategy

I hate hiring for myself. The kissing multiple frogs aspect before finding my prince/princess is tough. Rarely am I talking to someone where there’s not something I like or appreciate about them. It frankly sucks to spend time with someone you genuinely like, only to have to say “you’re not the one.” I also hate hiring because I’ve set the …

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 …

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 …

Addicted to Queso and Other Leadership Predicaments

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, wellness

I broke my left arm two weeks ago.  First broken bone, first ambulance ride, first ER visit.  All in tiny Columbus, Texas….which means I was terribly lucky they even had an ambulance, much less an ER. Why was I in Columbus?  It’s halfway between Austin and Houston and I was making a pit-stop.  And part of that stop involved queso. It …