Strong Leaders Are Expected to Take Risks… A Defense of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks

Jason Pankow Coaching, Current Affairs, Good HR, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Sports

I really can write about more than just the Seattle Seahawks.  I promise.  Here’s proof. I knew I was due to write the week after the Superbowl.  However, I had hoped to be writing about how to stay on top.  About how to continue to keep employees/players motivated so you are always putting the best product out on the field. …

What Would You Do With Marshawn Lynch?

Jason Pankow Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Jason Pankow, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, Sports

Ok… I was trying really really hard NOT to write about the Seahawks. I think it’s pretty clear from past posts that I love my Seahawks. And, given that they are in the Superbowl (the first team to go to back-to-back Superbowls since… well, since the last time it happened), I figured it would just be expected that I would write …

3 Ways To A Championship Interview

Kathy Rapp Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR & Sports, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, Selection, Sports, Working With Recruiters

Interview blunders.  We all have the stories.  One of my recent favorites: Guy candidate who couldn’t hold it any longer went #2 in the urinal vs. waiting for a stall—and then left the bathroom like nothing had happened while passing the guy he was interviewing with—but hadn’t met yet. Top that one!  Given this post isn’t about bathroom mishaps, let’s …

Running Wild: 3 Reasons I Keep Hitting The Pavement

Kathy Rapp Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Sports, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Sports, wellness

I hate running.  Honestly.  When it gets down to it, running hurts.  I have plantar fasciitis, a bad hip and my knees are going to flip me off any day now. Yet, it fuels me in a way that is beautifully addictive. I started running when I was in middle school as a result of my dad quitting smoking.  He …

Thankless Thankful

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Sports, William Tincup

  The darkness… Most of what you do is thankless. Maybe 5% of your job job is doing something where you should expect accolades, public praise, people to notice, etc. The truth of the matter is that jobs, by their very nature, are setup to be thankless. The filler… the stuff… the meetings… the calls… the pushing of paper (or …

Don’t Count Out The Unlikely

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Coaching, Hiring Bias, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Sports, Talent Strategy

Dirk Nowitzki made history last week.  He scored enough points to pass my guy, the incredible Hakeem Olajuwon and move into 9th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.  He also became the top scoring player born outside the U.S. ever to play in the NBA. And guess what?  No one expected him to do much in the NBA. From …

In Defense Of My Alma Mater (Sub: A Quick Rant About FSU)

Holland Dombeck McCue Coaching, College Recruiting, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Holland Dombeck, HR & Sports, in the news, Performance, Sports

I’m a proud alumna of The Florida State University and have taken a lot of heat lately about it. I have taken heat in the grocery store, at the gym, on social media and even in the office. It seems that everyone has an opinion about the infamous Jameis Winston and the Florida State “Criminoles,” and they’re falling over themselves …

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 …