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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …