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 1 Comment

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Unholy Trinity of HR: Reference Checks

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke, Hiring Managers, HR, HR & Sports, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Strategy

When I was in college, my pals and I listened to a lot of music. We determined rock artists Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and David Bowie were so brilliantly cavalier (indifferent, dismissive) we dubbed them the unholy trinity. HR folks, you have an unholy trinity on your hands, as well—it’s called reference checking. Unfortunately, being cavalier with your reference checking …

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 …