• Organizational Congruence Is Your Link to Greatness

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella || November 3, 2014
    Developing a great purpose is essential. Building a great culture is a necessity. Attracting and retaining great people while building a pipeline of educated leaders and managers is a must. Yet without all three elements in agreement, harmony and con…

  • How to Achieve Management Excellence

    Patrick B. Ropella || September 3, 2014
    Combining purpose, culture and people (with the right structure and implementation) will certainly initiate any organization’s growth toward greatness.  However, these three alone are not enough to sustain greatness. When studying any org…

  • Workplace DNA: The Proper Profile

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || July 2, 2014
    Deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA, is an essential component of all living matter and carries the genetic information necessary for the organization and functioning of most living cells. From criminal convictions to scientific revelations to the very meanin…

  • The 4Ss of a Successful Operational Environment

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella || May 2, 2014
    A top-notch workplace culture is built on four basic elements: structure, system, spirit and scorecard. Here’s a look at each and how you can use them to improve your operation. Element 1: Structure Operational structure takes a look at how a…

  • How to Create an Attractive Human Environment

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || March 5, 2014
    All executives love to hear their employees say their company is a great place to work. Employees who live within an organization on the road to greatness do say that…and more. When speaking with clients and their employees, it is common for m…

  • Got Purpose?

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || September 27, 2013
    A popular advertising campaign has celebrities and athletes smiling into the camera with a wide, white moustache on their upper lips with the headline, “Got milk?” The same question can be asked of corporate purpose. But what is it, and w…

  • How to Motivate

    How to Motivate

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || August 2, 2013
    In my experience, the single greatest mistake made by leaders at any level of the organization is to focus too much attention on attempts to motivate individuals rather than create a motivational work environment. Usually, we have one or two individu…

  • What You Should Know About Training Excellence

    Patrick B. Ropella || June 6, 2013
    One of the great attributes of most effective front-line leaders is their insatiable appetite to learn. They consistently read business books and magazines, and attend seminars and company-sponsored learning events, continually looking for just one o…

  • Effective Delegation

    Effective Delegation

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || April 3, 2013
    Why do so few managers delegate effectively? My experience in management, teaching, and coaching leaders confirms there are two major reasons front-line leaders do not delegate. First, they do not clearly understand the concept of delegation, and s…

  • These Key Components Lead To Effective Communication

    These Key Components Lead To Effective Communication

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || February 12, 2013
    Every human communication interaction, be it face-to-face, written, by telephone, or by other means, has three critical components: Sending Communication, Receiving Communication and Feedback. The first component of communication is sending commun…

  • Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make in a Crisis

    Patrick B. Ropella , Chairman & CEO, Ropella || September 28, 2012
    Employee shooting! Chemical spill! Product recall! Cyber-technology attack! Executive kidnapping! Natural disaster! Plant bombing! Terrorist attack! Once reserved within the imagination of a Hollywood screenwriter or suspense novelist, these kinds of…

  • Planning and Organizing Excellence

    Planning and Organizing Excellence

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella || August 1, 2012
    “A carelessly planned project will take three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned project will take only twice as long.” —Old Planning Proverb Planning and organizing? Isn’t this just another phrase…

  • Problem Solving Like a Pro

    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella || June 4, 2012
    Problems abound in the trenches. Screaming customers. Irrational employees. Misplaced inventory. Internal politics. Budget cuts. System malfunctions. Those of us who live in the trenches understand that to thrive, even to survive, leaders need solid,…

  • Avoid Getting Fired Over Facebook

    April 2, 2012
    Every now and then you will read about someone who lost a job over a Facebook post. Some of them made us laugh because we wonder how could someone actually think they could keep their job after doing that? But they did it anyway. It was almost as tho…

  • Heres How to Power Up Your LinkedIn Network

    February 10, 2012
    Using LinkedIn is now considered a standard way for professionals to make sure that they are discovered when it comes to job hunting. Recruiters and employers check it all the time for highly qualified people. Like a resumé, however, you do no…