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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.
Nov. 10, 2016 3:58 pm
At long last one of the most acrimonious campaign and election cycles I can remember is over and at least fifty percent of the population is unhappy. I am hoping that over the next few weeks some of the heat of the anger and disappointment dissipates and we can move on with addressing the challenges confronting us and the world. What we are seeing isn’t new, it has just become nastier. When our...  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
Mar. 16, 2016 3:02 pm
The Leadership Journey Leadership is not for the faint hearted. It is very much a journey rather than a destination. The other thing about it is that leadership is bestowed on you, it doesn’t come with a declaration on your part or a promotion, or a place on an org chart. It is a gift. You may be part of what is referred to as your organization’s leadership team, but that doesn’t make you...  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
Nov. 10, 2012 10:49 am
What an interesting week. I had occasion to spend a good part of it in a community where I continue to have roots and connections, but where I don’t reside anymore on a fulltime basis. It was a nice visit, seeing people I care about and enjoying what the community and surrounding areas offer which is rather a lot. It was also a little bittersweet. One of the reasons I don’t reside there anymore...  Read More
Oct. 31, 2012 2:51 pm
I have been a professional change agent for more than 15 years now. I am in the business and have the avocation of trying to build different paradigms and models for how people and organizations see each other and work together. In some ways I guess that makes me an optimist. It also makes me a realist. Change is very hard for most people. People have different reasons for resisting change,...  Read More
Sep. 6, 2012 10:22 am
It has been an interesting couple of weeks. I took my first real vacation in quite a while, kind of. I took two weeks and drove up to our farm in Oregon with my primary thought partner and collaborator. Her name is Freya and she is an 80 pound Rottweiler. She doesn’t say a lot, but she is quite interesting in how she sees things and views her priorities. The last few weeks have been pretty tough...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2012 10:17 am
I apologize in advance that some of this particular post may be very personal. Although I am not a journalist, I am an author and consultant, and some measure of objectivity is probably a reasonable expectation. I found the events in Aurora, Colorado very disturbing. Not just the rather clinically executed way that they occurred, but the increasing tendency for incidents like that. I remember...  Read More
Jul. 15, 2012 11:28 am
A few years ago I had the opportunity to become certified in what was then looked at as essentially a sales training program. I was working for a credit union at the time and like a lot of other credit unions we found ourselves at a crossroads. Credit unions, properly managed and run, are not banks or banking light. Their primary purpose when they were created was to pool the resources of ...  Read More
May 10, 2012 10:38 am
Wow what another interesting couple of weeks. Seems like once again everybody has lots to say about what the other guy is doing and not much about what they will do differently. I am not a huge fan of our current status quo. I recognize that if you gauge it purely by the stock market we are seeing some progress, but I continue see too many things to take a break. A recent study by Maritz...  Read More
Apr. 27, 2012 11:13 am
“When the pace of change outside an organization becomes greater than the pace of change inside the organization, the end is near.” John R. Walter, President, ATT Maybe it is just my perspective, but it seems to me this might be the crossroad we are approaching. When I read different things that are out there whether on the “news”, social media, or published I see a pattern of things...  Read More
Jan. 31, 2012 6:29 pm
Defining a Path I had a chance to respond to a question on a business networking site this morning on if I had the opportunity to choose my career path over again would I still choose human resources. My response was in the affirmative. I have been essentially a human resources professional and change agent for over three decades now. I chose that field because I have always believed the most...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2011 5:39 pm
Defining Your Terms I find words and their interpretation fascinating. Maybe it was growing up kind of sickly and nerd like and having books as companions rather than playmates, but to this day people who can really express themselves well fascinate me and earn my appreciation and respect. I include poets and the writers of great music in my dentition of those people. I personally find Bob...  Read More
Dec. 5, 2011 4:10 pm
Perpetuating the Insanity I think it was Einstein who I paraphrase in saying- Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Yet still we persist. I read a lot. I read blogs, articles, books, etc. I am always curious to benefit from the thinking of people smarter than I am which I have calculated to be about 95% of the population of...  Read More
Sep. 10, 2011 12:24 pm
Tomorrow as we all know represents the 10 th anniversary of one of the most tragic events that occurred in U.S. history. The media is already replaying the videos over and over. As with I suspect a lot of other Americans it causes me to reflect back on that day and the days immediately following, it also causes me to reflect on what we have learned in that decade. Perhaps nostalgia is...  Read More
Apr. 4, 2011 5:10 pm
Changing is Hard When I got up and was checking in online this morning I saw a notification that this is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. assassination. It made me think about what has changed and what hasn’t. There have been a number of positive changes. I don’t think a lot of people realize that it was after his death that further refinements were made to the protected classes...  Read More
Jan. 17, 2011 5:54 pm
Thinking – and Remembering Today is an interesting day. It is the day when we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am old enough to remember his assassination. I also remember, but in all honesty only vaguely at the time his great “I have a dream speech”. As someone who has grown up to be an ardent admirer of words and their ability to compel and inspire I still consider it one of the great...  Read More
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