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.
13 09, 2017

Business Partnerships: How Conflicting Cultures Can Hamper Success

By | September 13th, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

One of the enjoyable components of advising organizations is observing meetings. Unfortunately, some of the most painful experiences occur there as well. This morning was more the later. Regrouping in the breakroom, I filled my coffee cup as Phil boiled water for tea. “Thoughts?” I asked. “Ketchup and pancakes,” he replied. I couldn’t have agreed more. We know that some things are simply compimentary – like ketchup on a plain hot dog and bun – or pancakes and… well pretty much any other breakfast item. But despite their favorable complimentary qualities, when combined, it makes for a pretty [...]

30 08, 2017

Texas Strong: Hurricane Harvey

By | August 30th, 2017|Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

We are high and dry with no storm damage to report following Hurricane Harvey's landfall. Thanks to everyone for the phone calls, texts, emails, and social media posts - checking on us and making kind offers of support.  The comfort of being thought of is more than we can adequately express here. However, as evidenced by the near-continuous media coverage, not everyone was as fortunate as we were. Equally as evident is the care that people are expressing for one another... regardless of the differences that only days ago were so conveniently used to separate us. It's true, [...]

23 08, 2017

4 Keys to Get Your Company Culture Back on Track

By | August 23rd, 2017|Engagement, Essential, Leadership|0 Comments

“Is it too late to improve our company culture?” the Senior Executive leaned into the conference table as he asked. “Well no,” I responded a little slowly. The question caught me off guard. It wasn’t the topic of our meeting invitation, but it was clearly the issue we were brought in for. One thing was clear: The way this company was working… wasn’t working. In less than fifteen minutes of conversation he admitted he was no longer excited about coming to work in the morning, didn’t feel much appreciated while he was there, was finding it difficult to [...]

10 08, 2017

How to Stop Worry from Limiting Your Life

By | August 10th, 2017|Mindfulness|0 Comments

There's no doubt about it – there's a lot to worry about in the world today. Our mobile tech reminders, news apps, and social media feeds allow every dysfunctional aspect of life and the world to hover only a few keystrokes, clicks or touches away. You worry about the outcome of current events when you can't foresee the future. You worry about things that haven't happened yet and may never happen. You worry about things you invent in your own mind that don't necessarily have any basis in reality. You live in a near constant, low-grade state of [...]

3 08, 2017

5 Advantages of the “No Jerk Rule”

By | August 3rd, 2017|Engagement|0 Comments

After 20+ years in the corporate world, I’ve dealt with my fair share of jerks. I’ll even admit to thinking that jerks must have just been drawn to my field – they appeared too frequently not to be. But after a few years working as a success coach alongside those in industries as diverse as software development, media production, materials manufacturing, engineering, product sales, and professional services, I can assure you that jerks find work pretty much everywhere. Sometimes these jerks are customers and sometimes they’re “important” clients. Sometimes they’re trainees, sometimes they’re coworkers, and sometimes they’re learned [...]

26 07, 2017

3 Powerful Ways to Be Happy in Life

By | July 26th, 2017|Engagement, Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

Are you searching for ways to be happy in life? Use these 3 powerful habits to reset your outlook from negativity to positivity. Turn your mental frown upside down and enjoy each day just as it is. Eliminate Expectations A quick way to become unhappy is to develop expectations about people and your life circumstances. It’s rarely the actions of others or the situations you find yourself in that make you unhappy; it’s the thoughts that you have about them that cause the misery. For example, if you expect your best friend to have infinite time for you, to [...]

12 07, 2017

How Active Listening Improves Workplace Performance

By | July 12th, 2017|Engagement, Leadership|0 Comments

You subconsciously know when people actively listen to you. They give you their full attention, and you feel respected. On such occasions, you easily get your message across because others don't just hear you, they understand your words. If they aren't sure what you've said, they ask for clarification. As such, there's no misunderstanding, and you don't have to repeat yourself needlessly further down the line. Active listening involves paying attention to spoken words, noticing the tone and speed of words spoken, and recognizing the body language accompanying what's said verbally. Passive listening is inferior, low-grade communication. It [...]

28 06, 2017

5 Tips For Avoiding Distractions

By | June 28th, 2017|Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

We all get distracted sometimes. A noise that catches the ear, a movement captured by peripheral vision, or an instant message that appears on the computer screen - all create distractions that interrupt a person's concentration. However, if you are getting distracted so frequently at work that you're unable to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner, that's a serious problem. In that case, you should pursue strategies for avoiding distractions. Here are six techniques to avoid getting distracted at the office. Nip it in the Bud If you become aware that something has the potential to distract you, [...]

21 06, 2017

Tackling Endless To-Do’s

By | June 21st, 2017|Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

There are few things I find more satisfying than crossing off items on my “To Do” List. Of course it’s equally dissatisfying when more items appear on the list than the number I’m able to scratch off. In fact, some weeks I find the To-Do List is the perfect summary of how my week is going – gaining ground or losing ground. If you’re anything like me, consider changing up how you view the unfinished tasks that lay ahead by trying out one of these time management lifehacks. Divvy Up Your To-Do List Instead of a traditional list, [...]

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 [...]