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 …

How Do You Lead Today’s Rock Stars?

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Employee Coaching, Generations, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Sports

The NBA Championship is over, yet there is a lot of chatter about the tense relationship between LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers coach, David Blatt.  After observations regarding body language and confirmation that James called for substitutions and dismissed plays, more and more is being made about the deteriorating relationship. Larry Brown, long-time coach of many stars like Reggie …

VIDEO: Weird Science with Troy Barnett – The People-Driven Technology Behind the Under Armour Brand

Tim Sackett HR & Sports, HR Tech, HR Technology, Interviewing, Selection, Tim Sackett, Video, Worldwide FOT

This month at the “Weird Science” Series, Tim Sackett chats via video with Troy Barnett, former NFL player and current Senior Director of Corporate Services Technology at Under Armour, on how he got into the technology field, what he’s currently working on at Under Armour and—given their significant and continued growth—what new tools and tricks he’s able to implement to help …

How Do You Recover From a Crappy Day?

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Coaching, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Work Life Balance

James Harden, arguably one of the top five players in the NBA this season, set a record for the most turnovers in a playoff game.  EVER.  13 terrible, 7th-grade-nightmare-type turnovers like dribbling off your foot with 40 seconds to go in the 4th quarter. As a result of his really, really crappy day, the Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors. …

Make Every Day ‘Draft’ Day and Other HR Lessons From Daily Fantasy Sports

Steve Boese Good HR, HR & Sports, Sports, Steve Boese

Chances are you are familiar with, and possibly an active participant in some kind of Fantasy Sports.  Fantasy Sports have an estimated 40 million players in North America – that is a lot of people who enjoy playing selecting and managing fake teams of real athletes to attempt to win fake championships, (and sometimes real money). And some of the …

What I Learned From Deflategate

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, HR & Sports, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development

Watching this Deflategate saga unwind on every watercooler, barstool, and Facebook post has been enlightening. When the story first broke before the Super Bowl, I found it comical… I made the completely uninformed but no less impassioned argument that this was a stupid non-story manifested by sore losers intended to tarnish the legacy of the greatest sports hero of the …

Need Motivation? Mark Cuban Can Help.

Kathy Rapp Coaching, Communication, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards, Training and Development

I think about the various things that motivate me and most are internally vs. externally driven.  For example, getting up at 5am five days a week to workout isn’t because I want to be first at the gym. It’s because I relieve stress and increase my happiness breaking a good sweat… and, secondarily, I don’t want to have to oil …

Embracing Competition in the Workplace

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR, HR & Sports

The other day, I was listening to a friend discuss what a competitive equestrian she was growing up. As I am wont to do when fake-listening to someone wax stories of yesteryear, I started daydreaming. I couldn’t help but think: Why do people compete at riding horses? Equestrian is an artform, isn’t it? Who was the first narcissist who sat …