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 …

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 …

Employee Engagement and 6-Second Abs

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

We (my family – not sure if I was part of the discussion) have been trying to get back (back?) in shape. So we started making the changes necessary to ensure we all end up on Family America Ninja Warrior. I mean we’re doing it all. We’ve read all the books. We set the environment up just perfectly to be in …

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 …

3 Hidden Costs of Change

John Whitaker Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker

When a company is in an uproar, it’s estimated that employees will lose as much as 2 additional hours per day in productivity. The anxiety associated with change or even the possibility of change puts people into a distracted state beyond the norm. But would you be surprised to know that there are other activities your employees are doing every day that can …

The Gig Economy – Where Uber Drivers All Drive Teslas

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Contingent Workforce, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Labor, politics, Recruiting, War for Talent

In 2013, a Tesla burst into flames when it ran over a metal object. Then it happened again a few weeks later.  A federal investigation was launched and within four months, it was closed. Why? How? Tesla quickly determined should debris hit the car’s battery pack when the chassis was lowered at highway speeds—well, it would catch fire. The company …

If Playboy Can Give Up Nudity, You Can Toss An Outdated Vacation Policy

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Making Offers, Negotiation, Policies, Recruiting, Total Rewards, War for Talent

“I only read it for the articles” may soon be true for Playboy fans! Playboy has officially announced it will be PG-13 as of 2016 and no longer print nude pictures of women. As CNN reports: “This isn’t a story about nudity; it’s a story about disruption and innovation. Times, tastes and technology have changed everything. Even at 89, Hugh …

Can You Train People to Work Hard?

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, RJ Morris

Think about the people who have failed at your workplace. We know that it’s not usually because they lacked technical skill. It usually falls into one of two categories: He was a jerk, or he was lazy. She alienated people, or she didn’t get enough done. Hard work matters in the workplace, especially early in your career. As you progress …

Mood Rings, Magic 8-Balls & Employee Engagement

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Retention

I’m a product of the 70s. I had bell bottoms, platform sandals and wore my hair in braids. I also had a mood ring that was a piece of crap.  It was always black or dark blue.  I suppose it could have meant I was perpetually intense or lovestruck, but let’s go with crap for the sake of my parents. …

For HR Pros Mission is Peaceful – Implementation is Violent

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert

Sometimes people surprise you. It happened to me this past weekend. I was lounging around looking for a movie to fill up a couple of hours and “Fury”—the WWII tank war movie was on HBO or Showtime or some such channel. I’d seen it before, and it was okay. Okay enough for me to not change the channel and continue …