The Right Hire (newly revised)



In most organizations, making the right hire means the difference between success and failure.
In health care, it means the difference between life and death.

The Right Hire was written examining the staffing process of Prestige Medical Center, a fictitious hospital system, and is referenced as a continuous theme throughout this book. If the right hire has great value in a hospital system, where hiring the right person (or the wrong person for that matter) can mean the difference between life and death, how valuable is the right or wrong hire in your own organization? With this in mind, Prestige Medical Center could just as easily have been any type of organization imaginable —including your own organization.

At the Ropella Group, we know from over 35 years of experience working repeatedly with many of the world’s largest chemical, high technology, consumer product, and energy and health care organizations that the SMART Talent Management strategies outlined in this book can cross all boundaries. Regardless of what industry, product, market, or organization you work in, where you are located globally, or what functional roles you focus on hiring for, this book will prove to be of value for you.

What matters is that you study the strategies of SMART Talent Management and implement the tactics, practices, forms, and tools of the SMART Search System®.

The Right Hire: How to Master the Art of SMART Talent Management helps you recruit great people and keep them loyal to the organization. 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 (See where the “SMART” comes from?).

The Right Hire will dramatically improve your ability to get the right people in place — people who are
well-qualified, high-performing, and a perfect fit for your management style, behavioral standards, and culture.


Patrick, It was nice seeing you at this year’s Soap & Detergent Association annual meeting. I look forward to sharing the Right Hire with my leadership team. Thanks again to a valued partner and Leader.

Bob McDonald
Procter & Gamble

Buy & Build CEO: Leveraging Private Equity to Build a Winning Global Business


In Buy & Build CEO, Clark describes how he and his very carefully selected team turned a regional company with 68 employees and $35 million in sales into a global company with 1,600 employees and over $650 million in sales. Along the way he shares invaluable lessons and the finer points of the buy-and-build merger and acquisition strategy.

‘Whether you’re a long-time, buy-and-build CEO or a newbie looking for guidance in the arcane private equity world, Ted Clark teaches everything you need to be successful in such a role and to weather the tough times along the way. As a former CEO in the space, I am recommending “Buy and Build CEO” to everyone contemplating a move to PE.’

CELESTE MASTIN | Chief Operating Officer H.B. Fuller company


The Private Equity Playbook: Management’s Guide To Working With Private Equity


Today, more than 5,500 P.E. firms own tens of thousands of companies, so it is essential for CEOs and senior management executives to understand exactly how private equity firms operate. This invaluable resource can help you devise a winning P.E. game plan for your own company that offers you greater freedom and financial success.

‘Last year I was approached by two PE firms, and I deflected their entreaties because I did not understand. This book helped me overcome my own ignorance. Not only is it an excellent primer on PE, but it is also a good management guide to running a business for maximum shareholder value and increased efficiency.’

PHILLIP C. CANTRELL | Founder & CEO, Benchmark Realty LLC


Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take A Chance On You


A groundbreaking book that boldly claims the key to success in business is not talent, connections, or ideas, but the ability to persuade people to take a chance on potential.

‘Whether you want to get ahead inside a company or build a startup from the ground up, this fascinating book is a must-read.’

REID HOFFMAN | Co-founder, LinkedIn