Hebert Out

Paul Hebert Always Be Closing, Paul Hebert 22 Comments

I started my own blog in 2006. Kris Dunn somehow found it and liked some of the things I wrote.  

About a year later, he called me and introduced himself, gave me the 411 on a new blog he was building with Jessica Lee, and asked if I was interested in providing content. He described it as an HR-focused blog with multiple authors, each vectoring in with their HR point of view. Mine focus was engagement, recognition, rewards, and leveraging behavioral psychology (yeah… before it was cool, we were doing it at Fistful of Talent.) 

Back in 2006, I had a lot to say. Blogging was somewhat new. My business space had very few, if any, blogs focused on how to influence employee behaviors. I guess I was one of the few bigmouths willing to hit publish and suffer the slings and arrows of commenters. Yeah… people used to engage in the comment section on blogs. So 2007.  FOT gave me a new avenue for pushing my point of view on unsuspecting HR pros.

Fast-forward to today and you can’t swing a stuffed animal without hitting a blog on recognition, engagement and behavioral economics. Each post retreading the same studies and same information you could have read here on FOT 10 years ago. We were (are) ahead of our time.  

But I’m not here to reminisce about glory days like a drunk high school quarterback who lives next door to his parents and still manages the frozen food section at the same Food & Stuff he bagged groceries at his senior year. 

I’m here to say this is my last post on Fistful of Talent.  

14 Human Years Is Like 98 Blog Years

I’ve pretty much exhausted all my snarky ways to say HR is better than their press releases and don’t deserve the knocks they usually get. I can’t just phone in another post on why recognition is good (it is) or how to leverage decision biases to drive culture and behavior in your organization. Sometimes the best post is the one you don’t post. I don’t want to get to the point where I just grab some tired meme with a catchy headline just because my slot on the blog is up next week.  

Saying the same thing over and over, using different words is how one becomes irrelevant.  

There is enough irrelevance currently masquerading as thought leadership in the blogosphere and consulting class which HR has to contend with. I don’t want to add to that pile. 

I’d rather be forgotten than remembered as past my prime.  

Though, with so few comments now, I may have jumped the shark years ago but simply realized it yet. I don’t want to end up like a bald, wrinkled Fonzie, still showing up at Arnold’s, even though no one recognizes him.  

So rather than BE retired, I’ll simply fade away. No worries – I’m not going to simply rust. I am still writing at HRExaminer and I’ll be writing on my own blog http://wphebert.com – feel free to subscribe and stop by.  

And I may drop into Arnold’s for a shake now and then, but for now… thanks for the memories…  

Comments 22

  1. Thank you for your insights over the years, Paul. You were one of the bloggers that (unknowingly) motivated me to start my own blog back in 2010.
    I’ve enjoyed your posts, wherever they were published, and have added your other blog to my Feedly reader.
    “Ce n’est qu’un au-revoir” as we sing in French on the tune of Auld Lang Syne.

  2. The OG, Uncle Paul, you always pushed back on me in all the right ways to elevate the conversation. I’ve always appreciated that.

    Thanks for leaving, I now move up one spot closer to the top! 😉

    T

  3. Paul,

    I don’t know you, just your writing. It’s brilliant. I feel fortunate to have contributed to the same blog that you have. I’m curious, which blog or blogs do you consider to be your best writing?

  4. Thanks for all of your blogs! Always great to read. And, I love that you used “Jumped the Shark” – a friend of mine initially coined the phrase — and you have used it well!

  5. Paul– you will remain one of my favorite writers on FoT. You have always been incredibly talented in providing an intellectual and deep insight into so many topics. I will be sure to follow any new stuff you throw out into the web. Thank you for your contributions! Forever a fan.

    1. Thank you. Appreciate the kind note. One thing I’ve never had a problem with is having an opinion and what good are they if I can’t force them onto someone in some format! Cheers.

  6. Say it ain’t so bro.
    You showed me a lot along the way.
    Instead of tossing your keyboard out the window, I have an idea of where you could get a byline.
    Thanks for sharing your gray matter over the year.
    Bill

  7. Paul – your blog has always been my go-to for insight and inspiration. Cheers to your content, your style and your talent!

  8. Thank you for your contributions and conversation. Appreciate the learning and enjoy the insights you have offered.

  9. Hate to see you go! Thank you for all your knowledge and insight throughout the years! It’s been inspiring as a young HR leader.

  10. It’s been a pleasure being “one of the few bigmouths” espousing the merits of “engagement” by your side all these years. See you @ Arnolds (I’ll be the drunk guy in the corner booth with the Thin Lizzy shirt on)!

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