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Mark Herbert
Mark Herbert
Mark is a Principal in the management consulting firm, New Paradigms LLC. His background includes over thirty years of combined C level executive and management consulting experience in high technology, financial services, custom publishing, and not for profits among other industries.
Mar. 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Hiring, Employee Engagement, and Other Epic Failures Some days you just wonder. I will soon be “celebrating” almost my fourth decade as a human resources practitioner, executive and management consultant and when I watch what is happening I continue to be a bit frustrated and disappointed. Employers still whine about candidates and employees. The current target seems to be the Millennial...  Read More
Nov. 3, 2016 5:47 pm
I think lot of folks I am over this election cycle. I have not participated in an election in my adult life where things were so polarized and nasty and from seat a lot of the issues people have with both major candidates is the issue that many employees have with their boss- an absence of trust. As a recovering human resources and operating executive I candidly see this as the prevailing...  Read More
Oct. 11, 2016 5:22 pm
Thinking and Speaking Words are like weapons; they can hurt you sometimes Cher My colleague Marty Lucas from ROCeteer published something recently that really struck me profoundly in light of a lot of events going on in our world right now. His post – Opinion without the responsibility is an act of ignorance struck a chord with me. I started to ask the question of whether opinion...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2016 2:56 pm
The Road Map My colleague Brad Federman shared the following thought the other day- Don’t chase people. Be an example. Attract them. Work hard and be yourself. The people who belong in your life will come and stay. Just do your thing. I was pretty struck by the profound elegance of this statement both for individuals and for organizations. I wish I had of heard this before giving...  Read More
Jul. 26, 2016 2:33 pm
After almost four decades as a human resources professional, c level executive, and management consultant I remain convinced that changing the way we attract, retain, and align people remains the most significant competitive advantage we have available to us, and we continue to squander that opportunity. Employee Engagement isn’t a new concept anymore and although there are many detractors...  Read More
Nov. 2, 2015 1:47 pm
I just spent a little bit better than a week on a road trip/vacation to the Southwest. I used a lot of my time there to think about the last few years and what has transpired since I published my first book in 2008. My book was kind of a journal about my experiences as a human resources practitioner, executive, and consultant and why I thought there were way better models for the...  Read More
Sep. 22, 2015 1:13 pm
A client recently sent me an article describing a new book published by Craig Wilson, formerly of Patagonia that piqued my interest. It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes- "Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." Charles Simic Wilson's premise is that truly great brands create and sustain a set of values that resonates with a...  Read More
Mar. 30, 2015 3:34 pm
Getting The Performance You Want! At the end of the day I believe this is the objective that every manager in every organization is most interested in meeting and exceeding. It is also one that even a couple hundred years in the process of employer and employed we do badly. You can’t pick up a business journal without encountering something on this topic. The latest thinking is that...  Read More
Jun. 18, 2012 4:31 pm
June is always an interesting time for me. It is both the month I celebrate my birthday, but perhaps more importantly the month we celebrate Father’s Day. It gives me a chance to look back and reflect not only on the past year or years, but also ahead to what I still feel I have left undone. I have reached the point in my life and my career where what I leave behind me is more important than...  Read More
Jul. 22, 2011 4:31 pm
We have all seen it happen. Wear a tie tomorrow you are the new manager. A recent survey by a Philadelphia based consulting group indicated that 40% of new managers fail in their first 18 months by getting fired, bowing out of the position, or receiving a bad review. The same survey cited a survey of 825 human resource managers as identifying the number one issue for new managers is failing to...  Read More
Jul. 8, 2011 3:45 pm
9.2%. That is the latest number on “official” unemployment announced today accompanied by the usual 100 point market plunge. I also saw some where earlier this week that CEO’s and C level executives expect to see their compensation go up this year in double digits…, the only employee group expected to see any meaningful compensation increase in the next 12 months. Is it just me or is there...  Read More
Mar. 21, 2011 8:36 pm
The Power of Synergy We have all heard the definition of synergy- the capacity is greater than the sum of its parts, but it seems like for some reason we are still uncomfortable embracing that concept. After over 30 years as a human resources manager, executive and consultant I still marvel at how difficult it is for us to grasp that win-win solutions are inherently better than win-lose. I...  Read More
Jan. 25, 2011 10:21 am
I enjoy Seth Godin’s blog. I read it pretty much daily. There are people who feel he is a little “new agey” and like Malcolm Gladwell and others he can be more of a commentator than giving explicit direction. I think that is exactly his style and his point. His latest blog, which I have attached here for you, , is a great example. Seth compares and contrasts three of the...  Read More
Jan. 24, 2011 9:58 am
Compasses and Lighthouses I enjoy Seth Godin’s blog. I read it pretty much daily. There are people who feel he is a little “new agey” and like Malcolm Gladwell and others he can be more of a commentator than giving explicit direction. I think that is exactly his style and his point. His latest blog, which I have attached here for you,, is a great example. Seth compares and...  Read More
Jan. 5, 2011 11:27 am
Employees for Life! What inspired me to write this were two different pieces from people I respect in the business, Laurie Ruettimann at The Cynical Girl, ; and Margaret Heffernan at BNET, . Laurie’s always enlightening and entertaining post talked about what is wrong with the recruitment process, and props to her for stopping at less than a page...  Read More
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