3 Hard Interview Lessons Learned Johnny Football Style

Kathy Rapp Current Affairs, Hiring Managers, HR & Sports, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Social Media, Sports

Johnny “Football” Manziel just experienced the toughest interview process of his life: the NFL Draft.  After much hype about being picked #1—or at the very least going in the top 10—Johnny waited, and waited and waited. It was painful and yet, predictable. When Cleveland finally grabbed him at the #22 slot you could sense the collective relief… and realization he …

Your Worst Employee Thinks He’s a Superstar

Laurie Ruettimann Bad HR, Coaching, Communication, HR & Sports, Laurie Ruettimann

Go ahead and buy the most comprehensive and expensive talent management solution on the market. Spend hours training your supervisors to give honest and timely feedback to poorly performing employees. Document every conversation you have with coworkers who fail to meet goals and objectives on a regular basis. Your worst employee thinks he is a superstar. You know it’s true. …

Liars Should Always Be Fired

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Coaching, College Recruiting, HR & Sports, Resumes

It happened again last week. A college coach, who was having great success, tried to move on to bigger and better things, only to have it discovered he had lied on his resume. The details don’t even matter. We’ve seen this movie many times before. Small school coach does great, beats big schools, big schools come calling with giant offers …

Kobe Bryant and Paying Above Market Compensation

Guest: Kent Pritchett Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, HR & Sports, Making Offers, Performance, Salary Caps, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards

If you follow professional sports, you probably know by now that Kobe Bryant returned to the NBA in December, played six games, and has been back out with injuries since then.  Bryant hasn’t really made any substantial on-court contributions to his team—the Lakers—since tearing his Achilles tendon last April (while my game is not quite as high-flying/scoring-centric as Kobe’s, this is the injury I …

What’s Driving Compensation In Your Market?

Guest: Kent Pritchett Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Hiring Bias, HR & Sports, Payroll, You Want Me To Pay For What!?

LeBron James famously once said that he was going to take his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat. That was three years ago and the results have been pretty good since then—assuming you call two championships, two MVPs and an Olympic gold medal pretty good. His reasons why were pretty clear: there are worse places to …

Performance, Culture, and the Miami Dolphins

Steve Boese Culture, Current Affairs, HR & Sports, Performance, Steve Boese

Focusing on performance—getting the absolute most output, productivity, creativity, etc.—out of the workforce is generally seen as a positive managerial approach. Tim Sackett’s favorite CEO, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, is (for the most part), winning plaudits for tightening up the work rules, increasing performance expectations, and demanding accountability for employees and managers. And that, whether it manifests itself in more stringent …

Condi Rice…Breaking Another Glass Ceiling That Shouldn’t Exist

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, Diversity, EEO, HR & Sports, Jason Pankow, politics

Before I begin my rant this morning, I should print a disclaimer.  My alma mater does not have a football team.  We have an awesome basketball team that seems to love being eliminated in the 2nd round of the tournament (I’m not bitter), but we don’t have football.  My stance on college football is that I will root for the team …

Working With Fallen Angels

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Recruiting, Steve Boese

Ever since the passing of the legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in 2010, probably the most interesting owner in all of USA-based professional sports is Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Cuban made his fortune, (a prerequisite for professional sports franchise ownership these days), in the early days of the internet, selling his company Broadcast.com …