Morag Barrett

  • Four Ways to put a Spring Back in Your Step

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    Being an entrepreneur is the hardest I have ever worked. In comparison to building a company, my corporate career was easy! While there have been many highlights and periods of excitement during the last 12 years, there have also been those moments when I’ve been in the doldrums, where my energy dropped and I (briefly) […]

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  • Toxic Leadership Correction Plan

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    How do organizations correct toxic leadership and toxic behaviors once it infects a business? Is it ever too late for a prevention plan? Is transformation possible in the face of pervasive toxicity? Many case studies have proved that change is possible, but it requires a major shift in assumptions and engagement in coaching/training. In my […]

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  • Toxic Leaders and Readiness for Change

    In some ways having a toxic leader can spur positive action. It’s a shame, but often bad behavior has to get really bad before anyone is motivated to speak up. Trauma often opens doors. Sometimes a situation has to deteriorate before people shout “Enough!” By the time HR, the executive board, the senior team and […]

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  • Toxic Leadership: In Search of Prevention

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    What can organizations do to prevent toxic leadership? Perhaps what’s needed is a counter-intuitive approach. Instead of dwelling on toxic behaviors’ destructive impact, consultants and coaches can work with people to create early awareness of dysfunctions. When toxicity is identified early on, there is an opportunity to turn deficits into innovative solutions. Is this unrealistic? […]

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  • Toxic Leadership: A New Look at Solutions

    Have you ever worked for a toxic leader, someone you think of as manipulative, two-faced, untrustworthy, and selfish? “Toxic leaders cast their spell broadly. Most of us claim we abhor them. Yet we frequently follow — or at least tolerate — them.” ~ Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2004) As […]

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  • Fear: Name It, Claim It, Reframe It

    Who hasn’t dealt with fear of failure in one’s career, at one time or another? Several process-oriented changes can lessen the effects of failure or reduce its likelihood. In general, conquering fear of failure is a process of naming it, claiming it and reframing it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People […]

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  • Fear of Failure: Perspective Is Everything

    Living with a frequent fear of failure is a significant personal struggle. While fear may not be completely eliminated, it can be overcome. A major shift in perspective is required—something with which an experienced leadership coach can assist you. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and […]

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  • What Causes Fear of Failure?

    I’ve been discussing leaders’ challenges and a big one is fear of failure, even though many refuse to admit to anyone they might feel it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012), offers some background on causes. Several factors contribute to […]

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  • How Leaders Recognize the Signs: Fear of Failure

    Fear of failure has several telltale—and observable—signs. You’re likely to set your ambitions too low or too high, explains entrepreneurship expert Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012). Goals set too low reflect a lack of self-confidence and a fear of achieving […]

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  • The Great Leadership Challenge: Fear of Failure

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    Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy Click To Tweet Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. […]

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