Watching the World Cup? If You’re in the Talent Game, You Should Be

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Social Network Analysis, Sports

In terms of global sports, no event captures the captivating mix of raw passion and nationalistic pride quite like the World Cup.  National anthems, each country's colors on their team's jerseys, the thrill of the penalty-kick shootout, flying headers into the back of the net, the screaming of "Gooooooaaaaaallllllllll" (in any language), it all adds up to a game that …

Whatever Happened to Good Ol’ Competition?

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Leadership, Organizational Development, Sports

As the “HR/OD Guy” for my organization, I’m frequently asked by team leaders how to improve collaboration.  Collaboration within teams, collaboration across teams, collaboration externally, and musical collaborations (okay… I made that last one up).  And as a trained OD guy, I used to love this question.  Time for a team collaboration offsite!  But I realized something after another MBTI …

King James’ New Compensation Package

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Compensation/Cash Money, Influence, Sports, Tim Sackett, Total Rewards

Many of you might have missed 2010’s most impactful recruitment of any individual in any industry – one of those once in lifetime events – kind of like the Yankees getting Babe Ruth – or Toyota getting their hands on Fritz Henderson – or the Portland Trailblazers getting Sam Bowie in the 1984 NBA Draft (oh wait, they could have gotten Jordan…). What …

An Olympic Challenge: Managing Talent in the Home Country for 2014

Kris Dunn Performance, Sports

The Vancouver Olympics of 2010 are over and winter athletes are now looking forward to 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  Well, maybe all winter athletes except the Russians as their political leaders reportedly are grievously disappointed with their performances at the 2010 Games.  As reported by USA Today: Coming into the Games, the Moscow daily Izvestia said authorities, in an internal …

Best Places To Work: ESPN Edition

Tim Sackett Employee Relations, Sports, Tim Sackett

For regular readers of FOT, you’ll notice that we have an affinity for the ESPN show Pardon The Interruption (PTI) where hosts Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon face-off during a half-hour show devoted to commenting on sports – basically it’s two knowledgeable (and funny) sports guys having an opinion of what’s going on each day in sports.  For the most …