Human Capital Management


  • Visionary Leadership Is a Global Need

    Visionary Leadership Is a Global Need

    Global terrorism. The continued manufacturing shift to China. An anemic economic recovery in the U.S. Wherever you look, you see problems. You see trends and events that can have significant impacts on your business. You see risks…and you&rs…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 02.17.11

  • Extending the Offer And Getting a Yes

    Have you ever narrowed a list of viable candidates down to one finalist who is the perfect fit for your organization, only to have that candidate say, “Hey, wait a minute! What about my vacation? What about a bonus? And what about the cost of b…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 11.23.10

  • Correct Interview Strategies Lead to Great Employees

    Getting yourself and your organization prepared to conduct interviews is an important process. Anything you can do to make candidates more comfortable during the interview has real value.If your organization takes the steps necessary to make your can…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 10.01.10

  • Getting Behind the Mask: Ways To Evaluate Candidates

    Getting Behind the Mask: Ways To Evaluate Candidates

    Getting Behind the Mask: Ways To Evaluate Candidates
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 08.03.10

  • Get a Better Understanding Of the Screening Process

    Get a Better Understanding Of the Screening Process

    It’s hard to hide unprepared, unqualified interviewers. They bring little value to the interview process, and as a result, stick out like a sore thumb. What can be done at your organization to ensure those on your selection teams conduct the be…
    05.28.10

  • Uncovering Talent Inside and Outside

    You should constantly be looking for quality talent. Expecting the right person to quickly find you at the moment you need them—especially among a mountain of competing ads and opportunities—is a huge gamble. When positions open at your o…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella 03.31.10

  • ‘Employment Branding’ Advertising & Promotion

    Your organization currently has an “employment brand” whether you realize it or not. Your employment brand is felt and perceived by your employees and new hires from the moment they hear your organization’s name until the day they l…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 02.04.10

  • Opportunity Marketing Can Attract Top Talent

    Hiring and retaining top talent isn’t easy. Many organizations don’t realize that good marketing is as important as providing a good job, benefits and compensation. Good marketing starts with investing the time necessary to fully understa…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 11.25.09

  • Get SMART: Prepare Before Making a Hiring Decision

    Get SMART: Prepare Before Making a Hiring Decision

    No general would go into battle without a battle plan. In fact, much planning goes into developing strategies that prepare troops to respond tactically to the opposing army’s reactions. These strategies and tactics ensure that the general&rsquo…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 10.05.09

  • The Competitive Advantage

    Economists may continue to forecast highs and lows in the chemical industry, but one thing is for certain: continued globalization means intense competition in all aspects of the market. In a hyper-competitive industry where strict regulations and co…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 06.09.09

  • Take these Steps to Help Employees Avoid Failure

    A common adage states that people don’t fail organizations—organizations fail people. The reality is that for most, failure is a direct consequence of the work environment, and has little to do with the capabilities of the individual. Ca…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates 03.31.09

  • Tailor Compensation Offers By Using Employee Data

    If you’re a CEO, VP, manager, supervisor or any other entity in the chemical industry responsible for managing employee satisfaction and driving results, ERM is a term you need to be familiar with.          Em…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 02.05.09

  • Some Strategies to Survive this Wild Economic Ride

    Can your recruiting strategy handle the shift from kiddie ride to thrill ride?     Traditionally, economic cycles have swung like a pendulum. As a result, recruiting peaks and valleys have been relatively predictable. Your company has…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 12.01.08

  • Try These Unusual Tactics on Your Next Interviewee

    Try These Unusual Tactics on Your Next Interviewee

    Try These Unusual Tactics on Your Next Interviewee
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 09.30.08

  • Some Practical Advice on Building a Dream Team

    With the Olympics here, it’s time to test your memory.  Think for a moment about the finest team you’ve ever been a part of:     • One that performed exceptionally well;     • One that improved…
    08.04.08

  • Preparing for Growth

    Preparing for Growth

    During the past few years,  chemical companies have enjoyed tremendous output and high margins as prices have reached 10-year highs. Yet, with increasing international competition, escalating energy costs and product commoditization, it’s…
    06.02.08

  • Motivating Tech Professionals

    Motivating Tech Professionals

    Tech Professionals Require Motivational Management
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates 03.28.08

  • Take Control of the Team to Keep Peace in the Office

    Take Control of the Team to Keep Peace in the Office

    Ahhhh, workplace divas…always expecting the rest of us to cater to their every whim. And slackers, well, who doesn’t just love them? Constantly shirking responsibility and making excuses. Of course, let’s not forget those ever-resp…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates 02.06.08

  • Get a Better Handle on Leadership Stress

    Tight budgets. Accountability for results. Corporate politics. Employee retention woes. Litigation concerns. Does the mere mention of these stressors accelerate your heart rate? If so, you must be in a leadership position—a manager, a key execu…
    11.29.07

  • Avoid Hiring Mistakes by Learning to Listen

    Was it a multi-million dollar mistake? Maybe it was more. And sadly, as the head of an executive search firm, I see it all too often. What I’m referring to is when employers hire a resume rather than a person. They bring in a candidate with exc…
    07.31.07