Human Capital Management

  • Organizational Congruence Is Your Link to Greatness

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella 11.03.14

  • How to Achieve Management Excellence

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella 09.03.14

  • Workplace DNA: The Proper Profile

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 07.02.14

  • The 4Ss of a Successful Operational Environment

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella 05.02.14

  • How to Create an Attractive Human Environment

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 03.05.14

  • Got Purpose?

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 09.27.13

  • How to Motivate

    How to Motivate

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 08.02.13

  • What You Should Know About Training Excellence

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella 06.06.13

  • Effective Delegation

    Effective Delegation

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 04.03.13

  • These Key Components Lead To Effective Communication

    These Key Components Lead To Effective Communication

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 02.12.13

  • Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make in a Crisis

    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…
    Patrick B. Ropella , Chairman & CEO, Ropella 09.28.12

  • Planning and Organizing Excellence

    Planning and Organizing Excellence

    “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…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Ropella 08.01.12

  • Problem Solving Like a Pro

    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,…
    Patrick B. Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella 06.04.12

  • Avoid Getting Fired Over Facebook

    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

    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…

  • Optimize Your Virtual World

    Creating the right image about yourself for career purposes used to be easy. Now the internet is creating its own world—a virtual world—that makes it tougher to maintain a high quality individual image, one that always ensures that you…

  • Prepare Your Hiring Team To Deliver the Best Candidate

    To ensure that you get the right hire, it takes more than simply putting your hiring team in place. In fact, that is only a starting point. Once the hiring team is selected, it is necessary to align the hiring team members in terms of responsibilitie…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 10.18.11

  • Heres a Way to Reduce Those Hiring Mistakes

    Making sure that your company hires the right person is better accomplished when your hiring team is properly prepared and aligned for it. Failure to do so causes you to get the wrong people, reduces your company's effectiveness, and requires c…
    Patrick Ropella, President, Ropella 08.11.11

  • Motivation Secrets

    Motivation Secrets

  • All About On-Boarding And Cultural Integration

    Research shows that 27% of people who leave an organization leave within the first 90 days of employment, and 50% of employees leave within the first year of employment. This is the time when the candidate looks around at all of the new faces and thi…
    Patrick B. Ropella, President, Ropella 04.05.11