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 …

Hiring Former Athletes as a Recruiting Strategy – Genius or a Cop-Out?

Kris Dunn Hiring Bias, HR & Sports, Kris Dunn, Performance, Talent Strategy

Was with an SVP of a pretty cool company a couple of months back and he lamented what he considers to be a broken recruiting strategy—hiring former jocks for sales positions.  He considered the approach broken due to the track record of the “usual suspects” his company hired for AE spots—former jocks—but outlined that the primary reason for the systematic …

5 HR and Talent Management Lessons from NBA Free Agency 2016

Steve Boese Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, HR & Sports, Steve Boese, Talent Strategy

Because you never, ever get tired of the ‘sports and HR/talent’ connection, strap in while I offer up the HR and talent management in the real world spin on five of the latest NBA free agent transactions of what has been a crazy week for the league,  and its teams, players and fans. Here goes… Let’s start with the biggest …

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 …

From All Star To Unemployed: How High Performance Can Be Fleeting

Steve Boese HR, HR & Sports, Performance, Sports, Steve Boese

Lost in the shuffle of the recent NBA All Star Game and weekend and the trade deadline that passed last week, was a small bit of NBA news that many casual fans may have missed, or at least not paid it much attention. Here is the news that I am referring to: Boston Celtics release veteran forward David Lee, 32. …

The Cavaliers Fired The Best Coach In Their History, And What That Reminds Us About Talent

Steve Boese Coaching, HR, HR & Sports, Leadership, Steve Boese, Talent Strategy

About two weeks or so ago, the NBA’s Cleveland LeBrons Cavaliers unceremoniously fired their head coach David Blatt. This was despite the team holding the Eastern Conference’s best record (at the time of Blatt’s sacking, the team was a stellar 30-11). Last year, in Blatt’s first season as head coach the team made it to the NBA finals, eventually losing …

Screw The Gym. 3 Healthier Ways To Keep Your 2016 HR Resolutions

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, HR & Sports, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Social Media, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, wellness

January 1st.  My gym is packed.  Brand new workout gear is on display.  There’s a line for the adduction lever machine. Fitness resolutions are certainly worthy, but, like most well-intentioned resolutions, are hard to keep without help.  You’ve also probably got some HR resolutions on your list.  Why not kill two birds… and forget the gym!  Here are three ways …

Soccer, Leadership, and Organizational Culture

Steve Boese Culture, Employee Engagement, HR & Sports, Steve Boese

In the debate on the relative importance of company culture as a contributor to an organization’s success (or failure), I have mostly come down on the side that culture is far, far overrated as a driver or performance. I have argued (and presented a few times), that more prosaic and definable elements like “strategy” and “talent” are, if not more …

The Science Behind Hiring For Potential

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, HR, HR & Sports, HR Tech, HR Technology, Selection, Tim Sackett

I’m a big fan of the prison series on Netflix, Orange is the New Black.  I didn’t think I would like it when multiple people told me I had to watch it, but I’ve been sucked in! I love how they let you begin to like or dislike a character before they reveal their true crimes, many times changing your whole …

Offer Declined: What To Make Of Candidates Turning You Down

Steve Boese Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, HR & Sports, Recruiting, Sports, Steve Boese

The National Basketball Association’s player free agency period opened on July 1st, (this is the first day that players with expired contracts can enter into new contract negotiations with the league’s clubs for the new season), and as usual, the period has been a frenzy of recruiting activity… interviews, second interviews, offers, acceptances, and what I want to write about …