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 1 Comment

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 …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season, and March Madness: Part 2

Mark Fogel Conferences, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, Learning, Learning and Development, Mark Fogel, politics, Power Rankings, Resumes, Selection, SHRM, Sports, The HR Profession

Yes, it is time for March Madness. Spring is definitely in the air. About this time last year, I departed from my political and assertive writing to do a mash-up of topics impacting the HR and Talent community. Well, It’s time for a “Part 2,” so hold on to your hats and college basketball draw sheets, here we go! First, …

Institutionalized: Working for the Corporate Version of Obi-Wan Kenobi/Bill Belichick

Kris Dunn Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Management

There’s a dirty little secret about great companies. Some of them are so great, the experience you pick up actually doesn’t transfer easily to other opportunities. Here’s how this phenomenon plays out: 1– You join a great company early in your career. 2–You are fortunate to work for a master, think the Obi-Wan Kenobi or Bill Belichick of your industry. …

Your Next Recruiting Goal Should be to Make Candidates Feel “Seen, Heard, and Remembered”

Guest: Rachel Bitte candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Generations, HR, Networking, Pop Culture, Rachel Bitte, Recruiting, Resumes, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Sports, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of talent acquisition pros in downtown San Francisco for Jobvite’s annual Recruiter Nation Live event (full disclosure: I’m employed by Jobvite). In addition to exchanging some new stories, the best recruiting practices, and winning strategies with our peers, I also had the great pleasure of speaking on-stage with the incredible Molly Bloom. In case …

The Ball Is In Our Court

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Women

This isn’t a post about women vs. men. Nor is it about the color of someone’s skin or ethnic background. It’s not even really about tennis. This is a post about teaching moments, and how frequently they seem to occur (and blur) in our professional and personal lives. The U.S. Open Women’s Championship match was one of those moments. As …

LeBron, Amazon, and Leaving Your PowerPoints At Home – Business Lessons For All Of Us.

Guest: Pat Lynch Business Development, Change, Communication, Corporate America, Games, Guest: Pat Lynch, HR & Sports, Leadership, Negotiation, Organizational Development, Pop Culture, Sports

LeBron James was the most valuable basketball free agent in the universe, and his signing with the Lakers over the weekend changed the landscape of professional sports. Deadspin recently published an article about his unique approach to his free agency this year, and there are valuable B2B business development lessons that all of us can learn from King James. “James …

Through Hell and High Water: Your People Strategy

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR & Sports, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Managing People, Metrics, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

After the Houston Astros knocked off three historic teams—The Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers—the city of Houston celebrated its first-ever World Series Championship.  “Houston Strong“, coined post-Hurricane Harvey, became the mantra and the common thread that bound players, fans and observers together. Beer was certainly part of that celebration, and Budweiser produced another tear-inducing spot that gave props to a …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …

Steve Boese, Matt Stollak and Kris Dunn Report From The NBA Summer League

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Sports, Steve Boese, Talent Strategy

FOT had two writers in Las Vegas last weekend (Steve Boese and Kris Dunn) as well as a longtime friend (Matt Stollak) to cover the NBA Summer League. Together, they represent the majority of the 8-Man Rotation.  See the links below for their reports from Vegas: Steve Boese – 5 Quick Takes On Talent from the NBA Summer League Matt …

3 Ways To Create Your Own Warrior Team

Kathy Rapp Change, Coaching, Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Recruiting, Sports

On April 13th, the Golden State Warriors made history with their 73rd win for the season.  In just a bit over 5 years they’ve gone from trash to cash, literally quadrupling the $450 million dollar investment led by Joe Lacob, a partner in the Silicon Valley VC firm, Kleiner Perkins. Lacob, and a number of his VC friends, will tell …