Herb Carver

Herb Carver

About Herb Carver

Herb is a professional coach specializing in transitions: new organizational initiatives, mid-life career change, and employee engagement and retention. You can learn more about Herb & PointAbove, find his social media info, and send him a message here.
31 05, 2017

Why Training Your New Employees is Harder Than You Expect

By | May 31st, 2017|Leadership, Strategy|0 Comments

Scenario 1: A parcel delivery company seasonally brings on extra staff to handle heavy traffic. At the depot, parcels are scanned and sorted by hand, ready to be taken by delivery drivers. New staff in the depot are given a basic orientation and shown how to use their scanner. The supervisor who is training them emphasises repeatedly how easy the job is. At the end of his talk, he asks "Has everyone got that?" Everyone nods. They have just been told that it is easy, and have been given a half-hour talk. They know exactly what to do. But [...]

24 05, 2017

7 Tips for “The New Guy”

By | May 24th, 2017|Engagement, Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

Although we often work with mid-life career changers, we’re frequently asked to to offer advice to those nearer to the beginning of their career (that time when it may seem that success is far away). As a newcommer, you’re likely at the bottom of the hierarchy, you have no responsibility, and your salary is relatively low. Still, what you may lack in postion you make up for in optimism and energy (traits we not only remain envious of but also secretly hope are contagious). Aside from hard work, longevity, and luck, there are certain qualities shared by those who [...]

20 04, 2017

Secrets to a Mindful Business Life

By | April 20th, 2017|Life/Work Hacks, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Let me know if this at all sounds familiar? You’re first thought upon waking is the assembly of today’s “To-Do” list and by the time you arrive at work you’re being to feel the twinge of overwhelm. You make an effort to participate in idle conversation with coworkers but other thoughts hold you back. So back to the grind you go – attempting to “multi-task” amidst distractions, juggling duties as the priorities sporadically change. Upon arriving back home you’re asked if anything interesting happened today and though tired, you struggle to recall anything of importance. If you aren't fully invested [...]

15 02, 2017

Hire “A” Players (and let the others go)

By | February 15th, 2017|Engagement, Leadership|0 Comments

If your goal is to create an exceptional organization of engaged employees – to go out and win the championship – then you have to get one thing right: hiring. The good news is that most (if not all) of your competitors are getting it wrong. Mark Murphy, author of Hiring for Attitude tracked 20,000 new hires and found that 46% of them failed within 18 months. But even more surprising than the failure rate, was that when new hires failed, 89% of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11% of the time for a lack of skill. [...]

30 01, 2017

Why Leaders and Managers Get Engagement Wrong

By | January 30th, 2017|Engagement|0 Comments

There is plenty of research supporting what most of us already believe: people disengage with organizations because their leaders and managers create an environment that is… well, hopeless. Even more troubling is the fact that employee engagement in the U.S. is not only low (less than 33%), it’s been relatively static for more than ten years. For all the talk about engagement, for every best-seller and management fad for the past decade, it’s time to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working. How is it that so many leaders and managers get engagement wrong? A Dated Perspective There is [...]

2 01, 2017

The Hope Narrative

By | January 2nd, 2017|Engagement, Leadership|0 Comments

“Just to be clear, you’re saying that 40% of your employees don’t make it to their third anniversary?” I tried to hide the astonishment in my voice but judging solely by his raised eyebrows, it didn’t appear to work. “For more than 2 years now,” he confirmed. “Two years?” the words came out before I could stop myself. I genuinely didn’t intend to make things worse, but sometimes surprise overwhelms me and it’s difficult to hide. Our meting had occurred innocently enough. I had just finished checking into the high-rise hotel, exchanging a mutual “thank you” with the desk [...]

23 11, 2016

Do You Have A Work Addiction?

By | November 23rd, 2016|Engagement, Life/Work Hacks, Mindfulness|0 Comments

During a recent keynote address, I asked the audience the following questions: How many of you would say that the demands and complexities of your workplace have been increasing? This is always greeted with a laugh – one of those “we’re nervous for you, Mr. Speaker, because if you think things are getting easier then you’re talking to the wrong group.” How many of you expect that these demands and complexities will continue to increase? Fewer laughs, but no hands go down. And how many of you feel like your capacity to meet this rising demand will increase at [...]

22 10, 2016

5 Tips For Reinventing Your Life

By | October 22nd, 2016|Subscriber|0 Comments

Remember the person you intended to become: that person you set out to be but ended up here instead? Perhaps there was a wrong turn along the way? Maybe a distraction or unplanned interruption or a competing demand that shifted your attention to things you thought mattered more? The good news is it’s not too late to become the person you intended to be. Reinventing yourself isn't an easy process, but it's worth the effort to finally begin living life on your terms. Start your journey today with these 5 tips on reinventing yourself and you’ll be on your [...]

22 10, 2016

Improve Your Strategy Game with Balanced Scorecards

By | October 22nd, 2016|Leadership, Strategy|0 Comments

We get it. Feeling like we’re not in complete control of our company’s performance is stressful—unnerving even. But that’s our cue to go back to the drawing board. The key to regaining control of our company strategy is a long-term plan for success, and that’s exactly what the balanced scorecard approach is all about. Balanced scorecards can help us with the following: Establishing long-term performance goals. Identifying target performance areas that we can effectively monitor. Incorporating performance management tools to complete goals. Implementing actionable plans for meeting those goals. Who doesn’t agree with that? But the approach goes a step [...]

11 10, 2016

7 Effective Ways to Deal with a Toxic Coworker

By | October 11th, 2016|Engagement, Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

Toxic employees are egocentric; they gossip, lie, focus on the negative and use a variety of tactics to control those around them. Subsequently, they quickly can sap the positivity, productivity and innovation out of you and your business. You can't necessarily change a toxic coworker, but you can control your response to them. 1) Praise Rather than Empathize. If you can relate to something negative that your toxic coworker is telling you, resist the urge to agree with them or dish about how much you understand their woes. The more they think you "get it," the more they'll come [...]