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Ropella's Quarterly Newsletter on Human Capital Management, Leadership and Career Management Issues.
November 2010

IRC logoNew Member of IRC!

Ropella is proud to announce its new alliance with IRC Global Executive Search Partners, which is one of the largest executive search associations worldwide. This new alliance between the two organizations will enable Ropella to expand its abilities to better meet the needs of both clients and candidates worldwide...

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WhitepaperWhy The Improving Economy
Is Bad For Hiring

Steve Sheridan, Director of Human Resources & Recruiting at NanoAero Technologies, sensed a gathering storm. The cause for his concern was the organizational chart of the 250 middle management positions across the corporation's three primary business units. "I don't like where this is headed…our succession plans are really weak," he commented to himself.

The past three years at NanoAero had been unusually calm from a recruiting perspective. Employee turnover became virtually nonexistent as the economy fell into a deep recession and the previously robust job market pretty much dried up...

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Consultant IconWhat Did Ropella's Consultant Matchmaking Services Do For A Venture Capital Firm?

Recently, a venture capital firm from NYC, had just taken Six Flags Great America out of bankruptcy and was now working on another acquisition of a Flavors & Fragrances company. They were looking for key leadership to help them analyze this acquisition's value, and what to do with it once the deal closed...

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SMART iconIntroducing SMART!

Developed by Patrick Ropella, the SMART Talent Management System helps you recruit great people and keep them loyal to the organization. This system helps you understand, assimilate and execute today's best processes, programs and practices for Sourcing and Marketing to potential candidates, Assessing and Recruiting top talent, Retaining and Training employees and Transforming your organization for the better.

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PosterIs There A Terrorist In Your Organization?

Mike Tyler, the CEO of XSPOT Manufacturing, was working hard to retransform his company. Over the past few years it had fallen to mere mediocrity, but he wanted his company once again to become one that his competitors would consider formidable. Mike identified some real performance problems in the largest employee base in the company – manufacturing. The problems appeared to be growing worse no matter what the department managers did. He also noticed though, that it was just a couple of departments that had the most significant problems. Carefully analyzing the company as a whole, as well as the overall manufacturing group, Mike had recently come to recognize that there are basically three types of employees...


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WhitepaperTop 5 Things To Consider When Hiring Consultant Experts

Tom Smith, the Vice President of Strategic Planning for the BioSynth Company, had arranged a meeting in the company's main conference room to discuss choosing the right person to head up their exciting new expansion project. Because the project showed great potential, a group of venture capitalists had been approached and were ready to sign on – provided the right person or team could be found to complete the business plan...

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Send us a little information and we will have an Executive Search Consultant specializing in your area give you a call for a free consultation.

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How To Get A High-Powered Resume That Wins Interviews

When it is complete, your new 7-dimensional resume will overshadow the standard 1 and 2-dimensional resume. Your resume will truly showcase your real capabilities, achievements, and your expertise will stand out - clearly and powerfully.

What is a 7-dimensional resume? »


Recent Placements

Polarome F&F - Venture Capital Firm
Interim CEO

Craig Adhesives
President / GM

Eagle Pitcher Ind. - EP Minerals
VP of R&D

Gaco Western - Coatings
VP of R&D
Lab Manager

Cognis - Health & Human Nutrition
Director of Sales

Imerys - World Minerals
Global Business Dev. Mgr.

Industrial Sales Rep
2 Human Nutrition Sales Reps.

Manager of Development Engineering

Dow Solar Solutions
Lead Industry Specialist
Electrical Design Engineer

Electrical Systems Engineer

Helm US
Midwest Sales Manager

Akzo Nobel
Technical Screening Chemist


Patrick Ropella's book is now available for ordering!

The Right Hire, by Patrick Ropella

Readers will understand, assimilate and execute today's best processes, programs and practices for Sourcing and Marketing to potential candidates, Assessing and Recruiting top talent, Retaining and Training employees and Transforming your organization for the better.

Book Details »
Preview Chapter 1 »


Let's Get Together

We're planning on attending upcoming industry events:

Cleaning Products Show
November 3, Alexandria, VA

November 15, New Orleans, LA

2011 American Cleaning Institute Annual Meeting
(Formerly SDA Convention)
January 25-29, Orlando, FL

2011 Informex
February 7-10, Charlotte, NC

If you're planning on attending, let us know and we'll get together and review your recruiting, retention and development strategies.

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