Morag Barrett

  • How to ensure your new hire feels at home on day 1

    I was reading an article by Kim Harris at TSheets about the importance of effective on boarding of new hire employees. It got me thinking, why is it that something as important as welcoming a new employee can leave such a bad impression? Unfortunately, far too often in the client organizations my team and I […]

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  • Manager and Leader – The Mixology for Success

    Managers are the single greatest factor in retaining employees (Gallup Organization, State of the American Workplace, 2012). CEOs who wish to retain top managers need to see them as important resources and nurture them accordingly. Nurturing good managers is crucial to building great companies. So what are the factors necessary for managerial success? Having a […]

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  • Do Your SMART Goals Get Stupid?

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    Last week I started a discussion on SMART goals. There’s no doubt in my mind that specific, high (stretch) goals lead to a higher level of task performance than do easy goals or vague, abstract goals such as the exhortation to ”do your best.” So long as a person is committed to the goal, has […]

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  • Want to be More Engaged and Inspired at Work? It’s All About Relationships

    Employee engagement is a hot topic in many organizations. And understandably so: Gallup estimates employee disengagement costs the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion annually. It’s a fairly basic concept, and we all get it: Engaged employees are good for business—and perhaps most compellingly, bottom lines. Engagement by the Numbers But in spite of all […]

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  • Achieving results by being SMART

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    It seems like we are all SMART, the acronym is endemic in business, appearing in practically every performance management training seminar, project management process and goal setting approach. The intent is good, by applying SMART to how we write our goals should ensure we are very clear about what is required and the measure of […]

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  • 3 Kinds of Difficult Conversations

    Fifteen years of research at the Harvard Negotiation Project has produced some interesting information about what goes on during difficult conversations and conflict. In our workshop Cultivating Winning Relationships we explore the conversation strategies designed to cultivate winning relationships. Within these strategies there are three basic kinds of conversations, no matter what the subject. In […]

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  • 6 foolproof ways to start a conversation with anyone

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    I’ll let you into a secret. I am terrified of small talk. I know. Hard to believe. Put me on the stage at a conference, and I can deliver a compelling keynote to hundreds of people that has everyone engaged and involved. Ask me to work with your leadership team, and I can develop and […]

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  • Who Needs BFFs at Work?

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    At SkyeTeam, we do a lot of research and work in the relationship space, particularly relationships in the workplace. Well, not those relationships! The stuff of tabloids and telenovellas are interesting and make for good TV, but this is a family show here. What’s become fascinating to me, is this idea of some sort a […]

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  • Tough Feedback: 4 ways to deliver it like a pro

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    As business owners and team members, we all have to deliver tough messages. At some point, we will have to say the equivalent of that dreaded line, “We need to talk . . .” Why are such conversations so difficult that we’ll do anything to avoid them? I’ll admit, I don’t like having tough conversations. […]

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  • Manager and Leader – The mindset for success

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    How many managerial roles and mindsets can you think of off the top of your head? And how many of those can one person reasonably be expected to effectively fulfill? In a classic November 2003 Harvard Business Review article, “Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact,” Mintzberg outlines 10 daily managerial roles that fall within three broad […]

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