• Take these Steps to Help Employees Avoid Failure

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates March 31, 2009
    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…

  • Tailor Compensation Offers By Using Employee Data

    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella February 5, 2009
    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…

  • Some Strategies to Survive this Wild Economic Ride

    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella December 1, 2008
    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…

  • Try These Unusual Tactics on Your Next Interviewee

    Try These Unusual Tactics on Your Next Interviewee

    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella September 30, 2008
    Try These Unusual Tactics on Your Next Interviewee

  • Some Practical Advice on Building a Dream Team

    August 4, 2008
    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…

  • Preparing for Growth

    Preparing for Growth

    June 2, 2008
    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…

  • Motivating Tech Professionals

    Motivating Tech Professionals

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates March 28, 2008
    Tech Professionals Require Motivational Management

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

    Take Control of the Team to Keep Peace in the Office

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates February 6, 2008
    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…

  • Get a Better Handle on Leadership Stress

    November 29, 2007
    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…

  • Avoid Hiring Mistakes by Learning to Listen

    July 31, 2007
    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…

  • Successful Negotiations

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates May 29, 2007
    Successful Negotiations Require Some Compromise

  • Effective Ways to Combat Excess Workplace Stress

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates April 3, 2007
    Do you feel stressed? Chances are, if you’re an executive or manager in the chemical or allied industries, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Companies in these industries are not only exposed to common workplace stressors such as of…

  • The real cost of employee vacancies

    The real cost of employee vacancies

    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella & Associates February 6, 2007
    Calculating the Real Cost of Employee Vacancies

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