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.
22 11, 2017

Tips For Conquering Your Post-Startup

By | November 22nd, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

It can be an uncomfortable zone: you’re not really a start-up any more, but there is so much runway in front of you that it’s difficult to picture being anything but. Still, you’re beginning to manage less product and service development and instead managing what feels to be an endless list of open “to-do” items for you and your team. Congrats. That’s one of the first signs that you’ve reached the growth stage. You have a product or service that your existing customers love and a market that wants what you have to offer. You’re operation is “stable” and [...]

9 11, 2017

5 Bite-Sized Lessons From 5 Big Leaders

By | November 9th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

If you are striving to be a better manager, leadership coaching will be one of the best investments you could make. Understanding how to be a true leader will enable you to build better employee engagement. We know that leaders are made, not born, and these five leaders have the success to prove it. Here’s some bite-sized leadership lessons to get you thinking about your own leadership. 1. Treat Everyone with Respect: Nelson Mandela One of the greatest world leaders of our time knew the importance of treating people like human beings regardless of their outward appearance. In today's [...]

1 11, 2017

Think Twice Before You Take That Counteroffer

By | November 1st, 2017|Life/Work Hacks|0 Comments

(C)Creative Commons Zero (CC0) You successfully navigated sneaking off to job interviews while keeping your full-time schedule and came back with an offer in hand. But now instead of wishing you luck, your manager is suddenly paying attention to you – making the counteroffer with additional perks and a pay raise to stay. What should you do? Is Your Current Employer Just Buying Time? Losing an employee can send a department into a lurch, especially when there's already too much work to go around. When you tell your employer you're leaving, they may start to think [...]

18 10, 2017

Reputation at Risk? How to Deal With Bad Online Reviews From Job Applicants

By | October 18th, 2017|Engagement, Strategy|0 Comments

As a Senior Manager or Business Owner, you’re likely already familiar with the impact social media has on influence marketing. Literally billions of dollars have been spent promoting an organizational voice, establishing relationships with target markets, and heralding brand identities. Because your reputation is always at risk. When it comes to individual user experiences and interactions – social media has proven useful in establishing the performance and credibility from positive reviews. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true. Your organizational identity can suffer from online reviews if the comments posted are negative criticism from those who have an otherwise dissatisfying [...]

16 10, 2017

How Should HR Handle Employees With Controversial Political Views?

By | October 16th, 2017|Engagement|0 Comments

In today's world, opinions about political matters are practically everywhere. One place they shouldn't dominate, however, is the workplace. Here are some of the basics that HR employees should know about handling political disputes. Why Do Overly Political Employees Present a Problem? An employee who holds a controversial political opinion isn't a problem by necessity. The problem arises when that employee discusses his or her views at length in the workplace, often making other workers uncomfortable in the process. At that point, political conversations between that employee and others can disrupt the normal flow of business. Though most [...]

3 10, 2017

Use a Product Roadmap to Avoid “Next Version” Sales Paralysis

By | October 3rd, 2017|Strategy|0 Comments

Have you ever experienced "next version" sales paralysis? It's the situation where your sales team holds back on trying to convert new leads or close sales already in the pipeline because the team knows that a new version of your software is close to release. It's frustrating, but using a product roadmap can help you break the paralysis. Do You Publish a Product Roadmap? Every product manager has an idea of where product development is going. If you're just transitioning from the start-up business stage, you may be just starting to formalize a product roadmap. If you are [...]

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 [...]