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The People Dividend Podcast

May 3, 2022

Welcome to another episode of The Authentic Change Podcast, I am Mike Horne, your host and I am joined today by Mark Herschberg the author of The Career Toolkit.

From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and an M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools.


Key Takeaways:

[2:29] Why the Mark write Ther Career Toolkit?

[3:54] Mark talks about the biggest takeaways from his book.

[4:29] Who benefits the most from the teachings in Mark’s book?

[5:37] Mark speaks about peer learning.

[9:00] Mark relates learning to self-awareness as a way of promoting people to bring more of who they are to what they do.

[10:56] How can people identify their set of leadership skills in addition to what might be expressed in a peer learning situation?

[11:53] Who are Mark’s inspirational superheroes?

[13:07] Does following certain applications lead to a path of success?

[14:47] What do employers bring to employees and vice versa?

[16:51] What are the conversations that leaders have to be having relative to careers?

[19:56] Great power brings great responsibility.

[20:38] Why do people need a career plan?

[22:27] Who needs to invest in designing a career plan?

[23:42] How do people get their managers interested in their careers? An annual review can help.

[26:36] Mark talks about how some managers work versus how leaders guide and train.

[28:28] Mark speaks about authenticity and integrity coming together in a career plan.

[29:43] Mark talks about his free app and how it works.

[32:22] Mark is a renowned ballroom dancer and he shares his wonderful experience as a dancer and how it helped him with his public speaking.


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