Mark Fogel

Mark Fogel is the Head of HR for Success Academy Charter Schools, New York City's fastest growing Charter School Network. He is also the Co-founder of Human Capital 3.0, a national HR advisory boutique with some very big clients. His previous experience includes gigs as a Chief HR Officer for two multinational corporations. He is also a senior adjunct professor at Adelphi’s Graduate School of Business and the recipient of several major national HR awards of distinction including the SHRM Human Capital Leader of the Year. He can be reached at:

Articles by Mark Fogel

HR Insights, HR Management

Dear HR Leader: It’s Time to Pass the Baton to a New Generation

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It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.

There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.

I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Organ Donor Rejection, or When an Organization Rejects Change

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I know; this is a strange title for an HR article, however, it’s an important concept in the talent recruitment world.

What happens when a star player from one organization is transplanted into another and fails? It’s the proverbial organ rejection.

A new, well-functioning organ brought in to save the body from potential death, or in the case of talent, a 5 star player brought in to rescue an organization from certain peril — and the organization rejects it without any apparent reason. Think about antibodies attacking the host, or in this case, the new executive. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Something’s Got to Give: Email Burnout vs. the 40-Hour Work Week

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“Our people are our greatest assets.”

We have heard that over and over the past two decades. Check out your company’s website and I bet there is a quote very similar somewhere on the culture or home page.

If you work for a public company, your annual report probably has some type of “people” statement too, yet we continue to see workplace stress increase as we all struggle to handle the overflow of work.

Are we really treating our employees as an asset — or should I say, our most important asset? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Can HR Be a Business Partner When Business Isn’t Our First Concern?

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Marc Effron over at the New Talent Management Network recently published research on the 2013 State of Talent Managers. The findings are fascinating and get under the covers of what motivates many of us in the HR field to do what we do.

The question of where we stand as business partners has been front and center for myself and my teams over the past dozen plus years, and Marc addresses this as part of the study.

I’d like to say we are business partners and that is our primary concern, but I would be stretching reality on both accounts. We do partner, sometimes, on certain projects and daily services, but are we really “business partners?” Read more…

HR Insights

Dear HR Critics and Naysayers: If You Can’t Help, Get Out of the Way

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“If you can’t help, get out of the way.”

That’s a saying a former supervisor of mine used to say to members of my HR team when confronted with a large complex issue. Lately I have been feeling like I need to say that to so many of the writers and bloggers in the HR social media community.

The amount of criticism and skepticism about HR practices and its value are both alarming and demoralizing. To this I say — enough, and get out of the way. Make room for people who are living and breathing HR and making a difference in their respective businesses and employees daily lives. Read more…