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 …

Ever Wish You Could Bench an Employee?

RJ Morris Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Good HR, Leadership, RJ Morris, Sports

Baseball season is deep into its first month, which means leadership lessons from America’s favorite pastime are everywhere. Watch highlights from 2,430 MLB games, and you will see examples of both managerial courage and leadership missteps. One compelling thing to watch unfold each season is the case of a new manager taking on a team with young talent. Just 19 …

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 …

The CYA Report E54: Unionizing College Athletics with Seth Borden [PODCAST]

Cara Lucas Cara Lucas, CYA Report, Podcast, Sports

Welcome to The CYA Report, brought to you by Workforce.com and Fistful of Talent. On today’s show we have Seth Borden, Partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, on Unionizing College Athletics—a special episode inspired by news buzz surrounding former Northwestern University football team members’ union push. Host: Kris Dunn Producer: Cara Lucas & Julia Lindsey Music:  Witchcraft – It’s Not Because …