The Plane Isn’t Free Falling, But You Still Need to Put Your Oxygen Mask on First.

Kathy Rapp Books, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR 1 Comment

The person who gave me my start in HR also gifted me with a book, “Managing Transitions” by William Bridges. At the time I was going through a professional change and my organization was in flux–the book was much appreciated. Fast forward almost 28 years (yes, I started my career at 12) and I still revisit that book whenever I …

Have You Hired Chris Stapleton or Florida Georgia Line?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR 0 Comments

I live in Austin, home to many awesome live entertainment venues. In the past month I’ve been able to see many musicians and some wanna-be musicians for the first time. Going to see an artist for the first time is like the first few weeks with a new hire. You’re excited and probably nervous at the same time. What if …

Defense Wins Championships…and Talent

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Sports, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

I’m a college basketball fan, so the NCAA Championship this week was fun to watch. OK. Maybe not the first 5 minutes when no one could hit the broad side of a barn–but the overall tournament and the championship game did not disappoint. Take Virginia and Texas Tech–two defensive-minded teams who made it to the championship game for the first …

Is Your Degree Better Than Mine?

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Career Advice, Change, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Executive Search, Graduation, Hiring Bias, HR, Resumes, War for Talent

Nothing like a juicy scandal involving prestigious universities, wealthy parents, and vlogging teenagers to tank workplace productivity this past week. Come on. You know you were watching Olivia Jade showcase her luxury Christmas haul vs. banging out that metrics report! Here’s the deal. More and more there are discussions around the “value” of a 4-year degree to both graduates and …

Does Money Buy Happy Employees?

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Performance, Talent Strategy

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to a private screening of a new documentary, “Pursuing Happiness.” The director, Adam Shell, shared wonderful stories of the people he interviewed in his attempt to find the happiest people in America. “Who is the happiest person you know?” was the question he and his production partner posed. My friend who hosted the …

Seize the Day

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Change Management, Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

Over the holidays we went back to my husband’s childhood home, where we tackled the project of cleaning out a few remaining items in his closet. Amid scrapbooks, photo albums, and well-loved toys was a box of trophies. He pulled out two that were special and moved the rest to the trash pile. Our 8-year-old daughter was visibly dismayed. How …

Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Generations, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, War for Talent

Gen X version: “Call me (call me) on the line Call me, call me any, anytime“ Millennial version: “Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number, So call me, maybe!” Aside from the observation that Millennials are much coyer in their request for a call (“So call me, maybe!”) and those of us who identify …

HR Girl Power in 2019

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Ariana Grande proclaimed “God is a Woman,” Keith Urban sang about “Female,” and Jesse J begged girls to feel elevated and say “I am a Queen.” Fearless Girl is on the move to the NY Stock Exchange; Sheryl Sandberg focused headlines read “Fall from Grace” for her part in Facebook’s mishaps, and a new study shows a 51% wage gap …

The 3 “Fs” of Universal Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Engagement, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection

I’ve worked for global Fortune 500 organizations.  I’ve worked for a private holding company.  I’ve also “done” three startups. I bring some street cred to this blog as I’ve experienced birthing and burying a startup—and everything in-between. I do admit I’m drawn to startups like a moth to a flame.  This is particularly odd to me as nowhere in my …

Walk This Way: What the #GoogleWalkout Means for HR Leaders

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The irony of the Aerosmith reference in my title is not lost on me in the wake of the #GoogleWalkout over sexual harassment, gender and pay equality, and transparency in reporting. Check the lyrics if you were born in the ’90’s. What struck me as I was reading about this protest wasn’t necessarily the fact that Google paid executives to …