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Morag Barrett

CEO at SkyeTeam

BROOMFIELD, United States

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Morag Barrett is a highly accomplished keynote speaker, leadership development expert, and bestselling author of "Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships" and "The Future-Proof Workplace." Morag is the founder and CEO of SkyeTeam, a boutique leadership development firm, and has supported more than 15,000 leaders from 20 countries and on 4 continents achieve outstanding results by improving the effectiveness of their leadership and teams.

Morag draws from a deep and unique operational skill set. Morag's corporate career started in retail banking with Royal Bank of Scotland Group in the UK. With 15 years experience in the finance industry, Morag understands the challenges of running a business as well as the complexities of leading and managing the people that are part of that business.

Prior to launching SkyeTeam in 2007, Morag was responsible for global leadership and executive development in a US Telecoms company. Since launching SkyeTeam Morag has had the opportunity to work with clients in a range of industries including: Healthcare, Telecoms, Mining, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology.

Morag earned a Master of Human Resource Management and received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. She is also a recognized business coach for the Corporate Coach University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK. Morag was recently selected from more than 16,000 candidates as a “Top 100 Coach” by
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, recognized as the world’s most influential leadership thinker and executive coach.

Morag’s contributed to Entrepreneur.com, CIO.com and the American Management Association. She’s also been featured in inc.com, business insider, TheStreet.com, Association for Training and Development, Society for Human Resources and HR.com among others.

For fun, in addition to time with her 3 sons, you’ll find Morag playing the bassoon or ballroom dancing. (It’s also possible she may simply be relaxing in front of an episode of Law & Order). As a footnote, her name is Scottish and means “great”.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Colorado
Speaking Topics: Business of Relationships; Leadership; The Future of Work

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Company Type: Company

Areas of Expertise

Future of Work 36.51
HR 40.98
Leadership 34.98
Management 41.17
Culture 30.07

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Oil & Gas
Professional Services
Telecommunications

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Publications

18 Article/Blogs
5 Hacks to Avoid Virtual Meeting Fatigue (#2 is my favorite)
Ultimate Software
August 10, 2020
With the requirement for many of us to work from home it seems that life as we know it has morphed into one long, never-ending Zoom-Skype-WebEx-Hangout-Meet video fest

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

How to Change Toxic Work Culture
Ultimate Software
February 14, 2020
Is your office plagued by politics, siloes and turf-wars? Are you finding the water-cooler conversations more dramatic than a daytime soap opera? Are your talented employees leaving for pastures new? If so, you may be in the midst of a toxic culture, and you need to sit up and pay attention. Organizational culture isn’t an HR issue, it’s an organizational priority. You must learn how to change toxic work culture, because if you leave it unaddressed, it can undermine your business results and damage leadership reputations.

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Tags: Culture, HR, Leadership

High-performing teams: Lessons from the symphony orchestra
Import from cio.com
August 16, 2017

How well are your employees playing together? Are they playing in harmony or are they slightly out of tune?I am an amateur musician (flute, piano and bassoon) and have performed with numerous orchestras and groups. Currently I am the principal bassoonist for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra. The

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

How to ensure your new employee has a great first day
Import from cio.com
May 03, 2017


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

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The future of work is today. Are you ready?
Import from cio.com
March 06, 2017


Look out! In workplaces across the globe, conventional wisdom is being thrown out the window. Everything around us seems to be in flux — from how we conduct ourselves to how we manage others.In my work with business leaders and teams around the world, I see too many companies missing out — st

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4 New Year's resolutions to help build your high-performing team
Import from cio.com
January 24, 2017


Another new year has rolled around (rather too quickly for my liking!) and my guess is that like many of us you have used this turning of the calendar to create New Year's resolutions. Personal commitments focused on you and your success.But what about your team? This is the time to broaden your

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4 critical questions for every professional relationship
Import from cio.com
November 29, 2016


Have you ever been blindsided by a colleagues words or actions? Or maybe been part of a team that spent more time complaining about others in the business rather than collaborating and solving the business decision at hand?If you have answered yes to either or both questions then you are probably

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5 principles of effective feedback
Import from cio.com
September 14, 2016



Feedback is an essential part of all communication. Simply put, it is a response that you make to something that you observe or hear. In a conversation or a discussion, it occurs when you speak. One person will offer an opinion or observation, and then you will offer yours.
There are occasions h

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5 mistakes you can save your new managers from making
Import from cio.com
August 11, 2016


Congratulations! You’ve just promoted a member of your team. They've worked hard to achieve this new position, but have you thought about what this means? Have you considered what new skills they might need to learn or new behaviors they now need to demonstrate?Don't assume that your new manage

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How to stay in the game when change is hard
Import from cio.com
July 22, 2016


Last month I shared my insights into organizational and personal change, how challenging and sometimes difficult it can be to implement sustained change.Even when we know the change is the right thing to do, even when we can identify the benefits to be gained we still procastinate, prevaricate an

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Organizational change is hard but it doesn't have to be
Import from cio.com
June 28, 2016


I'm currently working with a client to build a basic change management capability in their leadership team. Until now the company has been very entrepreneurial, small and nimble. If someone shouted "turn left" the organization turned left. However they have now grown to a size where this ad hoc a

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Investing in professional relationships delivers a real ROI
Import from cio.com
May 19, 2016



None of us achieve success alone, the world of work is probably the biggest team sport any of us will ever take part in, and yet, at times, it can feel like our coworkers are on the opposing team rather than playing on the same side and for the same company.
I spent 15 successful years in the co

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Learning to let go and get out of the weeds
Import from cio.com
April 28, 2016


2015 was my year of learning to let go.  I will admit that it was tough, I was successful some of the time, like a mother hen most of the time, gritting my teeth and trying not to take over things a lot of the time.  I am, to all intents and purposes a control freak.  Strike that… a recoveri

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5 do's and don'ts for creating career allies.
Import from cio.com
March 07, 2016


How many hours a week do you spend at work with your colleagues? 40? 50? 60? How many hours a week do you spend with family and friends? My guess is that, like many of the leaders I work with, you spend more time with your co-workers than you do at home.It’s no wonder that the concept of a ‘w

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How to build a high-performing team when you work virtually
Import from cio.com
February 16, 2016



My guess is that you have experienced working in a virtual team. Where you, or at least one of your colleagues works in a different location (whether that's the building next door or another country). The coworker who you rarely see face-to-face, unless it's on a google hangout or videoconferenc

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Don't let a fear of public speaking hold you back!
Import from cio.com
February 04, 2016


Anyone who tells you that they are not nervous as they get up to deliver a presentation are either lying or haven’t prepared.I am a professional speaker. I've been presenting to large audiences and group events for more than 15 years and I promise you that I still get nervous before I start.Las

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Make the Most of Mentoring Meetings
Association for Talent Development
March 17, 2015
Working with a mentor can be an invaluable experience for both parties. The mentor and mentee will likely learn new things about themselves and each other

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

Are you a control freak?
Leadership Essentials, HR.com
March 14, 2014
Learning to delegate and let go of control is a key leadership and management skill

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

2 Books
Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships
River Grove Books
April 01, 2020
Organizations live and die by the strength of the relationships between the people who work there. Employees may join an organization because of the brand and benefits, but they invariably choose to leave because of poor relationships.

So how do you identify and reduce these threats to success?

You need the support, insight and advice of trusted advisors, your Allies. Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships shows you how to nurture Ally Relationships, those who will hold you accountable, increase your impact and accelerate your success.

Business is Personal. Relationships Matter!

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

The Future-Proof Workplace
Wiley
March 20, 2017
The Future-Proof Workplace is a survival guide for the new realities of business. The future is no longer some far-off destination; it is here, right now, and already changing the way we work. Historically, the sea-changes have advanced humanity and inspired us to reach even further; from the Dark Ages to the Age of Enlightenment, from agrarian to industrial societies―and today is no different. But only those who are ready for the changes will come out thriving. This book highlights the changes already taking place around us: the transition from skills to knowledge, the neuroscience approach to leadership and motivation, galloping technical advances, and more. Whether you're a CEO, a leader or manager, or just trying to survive the chaos, this invaluable guide is your wake-up call―the future is now.

The new forces emerging must be understood now if your organization is to succeed. This book details the transformation every business must make to turn upheaval into opportunity.

Discover how emerging technologies and neuroscience research are already impacting the way we work
Learn how yesterday's biases are being replaced by modern values, culture, and relationships
Consider the "heart" of your organization, and whether it can stand up to the purpose-driven paradigm of the future
Find new achievement in the new organizational structure, and examine models that are already emerging
Everyone knows that changes are needed―and fast. The question is: which changes, and how? The Future-Proof Workplace maps the transformation, and gives you an itinerary for each step of the way.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Leadership

3 Keynotes
How to avoid "Talking to the Mirror" - nurturing your relationships and sense of team while working-from-home
Society for Information Management
September 21, 2020
The novelty of working from home has worn off and for many of us it's our reality for the foreseeable future. Life seems to have become one long zoom-skype-webex-hangout-meet video endurance test, without the great script or soundtrack. The adhoc water-cooler conversations are a thing of the past, the only time people call (or slack, or IM) is when they need something. Is it any wonder that the cracks are starting to show and that professional relationships that once felt solid, teams that seemed cohesive, are starting to feel unsteady. We are mentally and physically exhausted from the rollercoaster of change we've been riding. The good news is that there are steps we can all take to steady ourselves and recalibrate the relationships that matter to us, personally and professionally.

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

Ally or Adversary? The Three Secrets to Cultivating Winning Relationships
Mesa County Top 10 County Budget Conference
September 26, 2019
"Difficult to manage relationships sabotage more business than anything else." - John Kotter, HBS
You cannot be successful in business, or in life, unless you are successful in cultivating winning relationships. This high impact and interactive session focuses on the ‘how’ of successful businesses, clarifying the rules of engagement across teams.
In organizations where toxic behaviors are ignored, invariably inefficiencies abound, productivity and customer satisfaction go down and costs go up. Relationships matter. This keynote is based on the bestselling book Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships by Morag Barrett.

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

Ally or Adversary? The Three Secrets to Cultivating Winning Relationships
Ultimate Software
September 10, 2019
"Difficult to manage relationships sabotage more business than anything else." - John Kotter, HBS
You cannot be successful in business, or in life, unless you are successful in cultivating winning relationships. This high impact and interactive session focuses on the ‘how’ of successful businesses, clarifying the rules of engagement across teams.
In organizations where toxic behaviors are ignored, invariably inefficiencies abound, productivity and customer satisfaction go down and costs go up. Relationships matter. This keynote is based on the bestselling book Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships by Morag Barrett.

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Management

3 Media Interviews
Every CEO needs to claim the power of the pause
The Small Business Advocate
August 27, 2020
Morag Barrett joins Jim Blasingame to discuss how finding a way to pause our brains is a good way to transition from manager to CEO, especially during the challenges of more remote working.

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Tags: Leadership, HR

4 questions to foster healthy business relationships
PowerHum
August 17, 2020
Morag Barrett talks to Sneha Moorthy from peopleHum about the 4 important questions that help foster healthy business relationships. If you like the video, please subscribe to the channel, so we could keep producing more content like this!

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Tags: HR, Leadership

How to achieve your goals by asking for help from others
The Small Business Advocate
February 10, 2020
Morag Barrett joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some ways to get others to help you accomplish your goals by knowing where to find the people who can and will help – but you still have to ask.

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Tags: HR, Leadership

1 Podcast
HR in Times of Crisis
Power Lunch Live
April 27, 2020
HR in Times of Crisis on Power Lunch Live. Morag Barrett is a sought out speaker and CEO of SkyeTeam, an international HR consulting and leadership development company. Morag's leadership insights have been featured in Inc.com, Business Insider, American Management Association among others and she is a regular contributor to CIO.com and Entrepreneur.com. Morag is the best-selling author of Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships as well as The Future-Proof Workplace.

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Tags: HR, Leadership

1 Quote
Coaching Challenges: Nine Ways To Build Trust And Flexibility At The Workplace
Forbes
January 14, 2019
Trust is often a goal sought after by coaches and leaders who want to better connect with individuals or teams they are working with. But trust isn’t built in a day, nor is it easily done. Sometimes, individuals may be quite set in their ways, which can hinder compromise and forward progression.

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Tags: HR, Leadership

1 Speaker Bureau Listing
https://www.speakerbookingagency.com/talent/morag-barrett
speaker booking agency
July 01, 2020

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1 Video
Time to Reinvent Your Commute
Self
September 14, 2020
Now that we are working from home reports indicate that many of us have added more hours to our workday and that our commute is the paltry few steps from bed-desk.

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Tags: HR, Leadership

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Opportunities

1 Business
Virtual Leadership & Management Development Programs

Location: virtual    Date Available: September 15th, 2020    Fees: tbd

Submission Date: September 15th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

If your leaders struggled with their people management responsibilities when they were colocated then chances are those gaps are exacerbated in a work-from-home and virtual environment. The time to provide a laser-like investment in your leaders is now.

The good news is that SkyeTeam brings extensive experience in digital leadership development and the design of in-person, virtual and blended learning solutions. No death-by-powerpoint, or one-way webinars. Instead the participants in your programs are immersed in the experience from the get go.

SkyeTeam’s award winning leadership & management development programs are rich experiences that result in positive impact and change long after your leaders graduate from their program. Each workshop and program element is customized for you and ensures that the most important people in your organization are equipped with the mindset and skills needed to achieve your business objectives.

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