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Quotes related to Patrick Ropella's books and resources.


Here you will find quotes related to the topics covered by Patrick Ropella's The Right Hire, from a wide cross-section of professionals, including authors, publishers, business leaders, military leaders, as well as those in the HR and Executive Search communities.

There are no inferior jobs in any organization. No matter what the assigned task, if it is done well and with dignity, it contributes to the function of everything around it and should be valued accordingly by all.

Dr. Charles W. Mayo,
Cofounder of the Mayo Clinic

If you are part of recruiting management at an organization that has been facing continuous talent shortages, it’s time to get out of that rut and focus your resources on the areas that can have the highest business impact. Almost universally, that means shifting your recruiting talent, time, and budget towards the programs that will have the most impact, starting with employment branding (other high-impact programs include employee referrals, professional event recruiting, prioritizing jobs, bringing back key former employees (boomerangs), and making your corporate careers page compelling).Yes, I know it’s hard to find the time to step back from fighting fires but, at some point, you have to realize that you can’t just talk about being strategic. You have to act strategically by investing in the only long-term recruiting strategy that’s available—employment branding.

Dr. John Sullivan,
Final thoughts on employment branding...

Leaders are like eagles: They don’t flock; you find them one at a time.


Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.

Mark Klement,

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein,

If you look at any business that’s consistently successful, you’ll find that its leaders focus intensely and relentlessly on people selection.  Whether you’re the head of a multi-million dollar corporation or in charge of your first profit center, you cannot delegate the process for selecting and developing leaders. It’s a job you have to love doing.

Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan,

When I started here as CEO, someone gave me a conductor’s baton. I see it as symbolic to what I do here every day. A bad conductor can ruin even the most talented orchestra, but a good conductor can get everyone playing from the same sheet of music.

David Fox,
CEO of Advocate Good Samaritan, who was named Hospital CEO of the Year by The Hospital Review

I think one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.

Diane Sawyer,
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