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

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 …

Sick of Bad Bosses? Here Are 4 Things Great Managers Do

John Hollon Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management

Ever come across an article or blog post somewhere that you just have to drop everything for? That’s how it was when I came across an article from Gallup titled 8 Behaviors of the World’s Best Managers. One good thing about Gallup: It’s a rare oasis of balanced (aka, non-political) news and analysis in a Mojave desert-sized wilderness of agenda-driven …

What Did You Pack?

John Whitaker Change Management, Leadership, Onboarding

I’m still assimilating into my new role with my new company, in a new industry complete with its own lexicon, library of acronyms and secret handshakes and I am reminding myself constantly “none of that matters.” It’s a natural reaction to slow-play your integration into a new role. No one likes the guy/girl who comes in with guns blazing, a-whompin’ …

Assessing Trust in Your Work Relationships

Ed Baldwin Books, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Leadership

How do you assess the strength of the working relationships you have with your colleagues, your subordinates, and your boss?  When I assess the strength of my relationships, it all comes down to trust.  The trust I have in others and the trust they have in me.  If high trust exists in our relationship, then I will seek out opportunities …

Media Fasting Might Be a Good Idea Right Now

John Whitaker Employee Relations, Leadership

It’s getting harder and harder to get any kind of useful information from the “professionals” responsible for informing the public about things that matter. As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say you have a 0% chance of getting a true re-counting of any current event that doesn’t also carry a hidden agenda or political bias. ZERO.   Stop right now if you are about …

3 Ways to Change the Message in a Bottle

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate America, COVID-19, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Retention, Talent Strategy, wellness

Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh Another lonely day, no one here but me, oh More loneliness than any man could bear Rescue me before I fall into despair, oh These are the intro lyrics to “Message in a Bottle” by The Police. It’s about being alone on an island and sending a message in a bottle …

It’s Time to Act

Ed Baldwin Change, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Diversity, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, George Floyd, Hiring Bias, HR, Influence, Leadership, Talent Strategy, Trench HR

A pandemic. Senseless killings. People taking to the streets. Our foundational values being rocked. This is America 2020. And your workplace is a subset of the same environment. And for good reason. As HR professionals, we haven’t done enough. If we are honest with ourselves, equal opportunity has been little more than lip service and legal statements found in our …