No Fa-Fa-Fa Foolin’ (Rapp Out)

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Giving Notice, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Offboarding, Onboarding, Retention 16 Comments

Almost 12 years ago, I wrote my first blog post for FOT. It was about Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and when he mistakenly placed the Stanley Cup upside down during an NHL event.

I wrote: Why the blunder? Because no one coached him. No one took the time to pull him aside and whisper, “Hey Joe, this is the U.S. and at least an eighth of the country really digs hockey, so don’t screw this up.”

Later, Joe is quoted as saying: “I will, as always, take full responsibility for what happened because I have big pucks. However, someone at the NHL should have known better and informed me first instead of keeping the Stanley Cup under lock and key until the last minute.”

Classic Joe.

The post was about the importance of onboarding and assimilating talent into an organization to ensure they are set up for success.

12 years later…I hope we are better at this.

So, why the walk down memory lane?

Well, given my first post was about onboarding, offboarding deserves some time. I’m tiptoeing out of the HR space and therefore, this will be my last FOT post. <gasps, tears, cheers…I hear ya>

When it’s time to leave: an awesome, multi-contributor blog; a relationship; a job; a bad habit; an 80’s rock obsession – it’s tough. It is incredibly difficult to leave something you’ve given so much of your attention to over several years. While you know in your heart it’s time to move on, the actual act of verbalizing that decision, well, often it sucks.

And regardless of who is breaking up with whom, the process of offboarding requires mutual respect.

I wrote recently about RIFs, so you know my views on that situation. When it’s the employee saying goodbye on their terms, the same logic applies. The people who remain are watching, listening and learning, so while you may be hurt, pissed or happy, communication and a proper transition are vital. The organizations who do this well will retain others and ensure everyone is positioned appropriately for the go-forward.

I have loved my time at FOT because of the people I now know. I have lifelong friends…or at the very least, drinking buddies in most major cities. Those of you who have commented and reached out to connect – I’m grateful for you. You took the time to agree/disagree or simply give me a thumbs up because you love ’70s and ’80s rock references as much as I do. Please continue to connect with me here.

Lastly, how amazing has it been to write alongside Kris Dunn?!? He is a grounded mentor, a gracious leader, and an all-around great human. I’ll never be as quick-witted as he is with words, but I do believe I can take him on a basketball court in a serious game of HORSE.

While hockey lovers may have ripped down their Def Leppard posters, I still have my concert shirt. And no fa-fa-fa foolin’ – I will miss this band of outstanding writers and readers!

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    1. Thanks, Paul. I think we’re giving KD a complex, though.

      New focus will be unveiled after some R&R. At least that’s what I hope!

      Cheers my friend.

  1. This is happening too fast and too soon for my liking. You have so many raving fans, including me, that will be there to cheer you on with your next steps.

  2. HR is better for the mark you’ve left on it…
    My one question though – why do you have to leave the 80’s rock obsession behind? As another HR pro who loves the cheese, the long hair, and the “way too many bands that start with the letter W than could ever be just coincidental” – I’ve learned that you can actually take that one with you!
    All the best in what comes next – I’m sure you’ll kill that too – and leave it better than you found it – as you did with our little human-focused (obsessed) corner of the world.

    1. Awww, Dave! Such an awesome comment to read – thank you. Did I say I was leaving my 80’s rock obsession? No way. Perhaps I should…but not happening.

      What’s your favorite W band? Winger was the first one to come to mind for me…but likely because of Kip vs. anything! Talk about some chops.

      You rock – thanks again for the kind words.

  3. I love your comedic banter and your have certainly left your mark on many people, including myself. Best wishes. Please keep in touch!

  4. You ABC’d me into joining LandrumHR and I am forever grateful. Working with you since late 2019 has been my honor and my pleasure. 2020 wasn’t tough enough … and now this. I’ll miss working with you and promise we’ll keep close touch. Best of everything and stay well.

    1. Ha – well, one of the best moves LandrumHR has made was hiring you. No doubt we will stay connected. Thanks for all you’ve done and will continue to do!

  5. Kathy, you are one of the most talented professionals I had the privilege of working with over my career. I look forward to hearing about your next chapter. Wishing you continued success and happiness!! All the best, Doug

    1. Thank you, Doug. I surely benefited from working with you and have always admired your writing as well. More to come and I look forward to sharing after some downtime!

  6. Kathy, wherever the open road takes you greatness will follow. Enjoy your R&R – it will be great to catch up soon.

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