Kick-A$$ Career Advice for 2016

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR (& Life!) Advice, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, wellness, Working With Recruiters

It’s that time of year. The traditional time of reflecting and planning for our professional lives is upon us. It’s bull. It’s actually the worst time to be doing any remembering, preparing or thinking about your career. Why? Well, if you’re like me, you’re exhausted. You’re cramming to get all the stuff you said you’d do LAST December done. You’re …

You’re Not Direct; You’re Just Rude

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Influence, Leadership

We all know them – those folks who pride themselves on “telling it like it is” and “not beating around the bush.” They are in our families, social circles, and at work. These folks value authenticity and transparency, and believe that sugar-coating responses winds up obfuscating the truth and leads to misunderstandings and unproductive dialogue. They say “I believe people …

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 …

What Is “Thinking Strategically” Anyway?

Ben Olds Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Learning and Development, Performance, T+D, Training and Development

Throughout my career, I’ve seen employees lauded or criticized for their ability to “think strategically.” It’s in numerous competency models and used in performance management systems across the country. We use this term like it’s universally understood, but ask people to describe it and you’ll probably hear inconsistency. So what is “Thinking Strategically” anyway? To understand what it is, let’s …

An Overlooked Practice For Motivating Employees

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development, Recognition

Much has been written about the need to motivate your workforce. Today’s workers are skilled, versatile, risk-seeking, and mobile. You have to motivate the A-players to want to stay, or they’ll leave for greener pastures. How? Quite a bit of research in recent years has shown that money should not be your primary tool. Instead, companies tout their culture, their …

September 11, 2015.

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, in the news, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Work Life Balance, Working With Recruiters

Everyone remembers where they were fourteen years ago today. I remember and I reflect on a decision I made that could have altered my career. September 11, 2001.  I was working in HR at a high-tech startup with a significant presence in New York. Prior to that role I worked for Morgan Stanley and had friends still there. I was …

If You Never Change Your Mind, You’re Doing It Wrong

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, T+D, Training and Development

Hopefully by now you’ve warmed up to the notion that productive conflict is important to encourage in your teams. To get the most out of their insights and input, you want to welcome opposition and creative pushback. The days of blindly following our leaders without objection or pressure-testing are behind us. In the knowledge economy, effective leaders encourage opposition to …

How To Negotiate Like A 4-Year-Old… And Win

Kathy Rapp Change, Coaching, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Hiring Managers, Influence, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Making Offers, Negotiation, Recruiting

My daughter has her first loose tooth. She’s four, so it’s a bit early… but her dentist indicated it’s all genetic. So rest assured it’s not because she’s noshing on hard candy all day, nor are her teeth “advanced.” This loose tooth has caused some drama. I told her how my dad wrapped dental floss around my first loose tooth …

What Isn’t Leadership?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership

What is leadership, anyway? Ask 100 companies, and you’ll get 100 answers, all describing different leadership models. If you break down each of these models into its competencies, you’d get a nice, comprehensive set of leadership traits to strive for. Problem is: that list will be about 80 competencies long! What’s an executive team to do? We have to define …

Why High-Potential Employees Fail

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, RJ Morris

I’ve been doing a bit more development and succession planning work lately, especially around internal leadership development candidates. If you have ever been involved in a succession planning process, you know this truth—that funnel gets a lot narrower as time goes on. Stan was a high potential four years ago, but he’s out of your funnel this year. As a …