Leaders and Followers
Yes Sir, No Sir: the unconscious dynamic of leadership and followship

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | Sep 5, 2018

It is tempting to conclude that poor leadership capability is at the heart of all issues when it comes to employee engagement, team effectiveness, organisational culture and performance. For example, I was recently engaged to deliver leadership...

training versus learning
Training and Learning: why it's important to know the difference

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | Jul 16, 2018

At a recent AICD luncheon, I was speaking with a group of people about what we do at Insight to Influence. One individual chimed in and said, "so, you are a training organisation"? My immediate response was unusually defensive, and a tad semantic...

open culture
The Silent Killer: people risks and culture

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | May 16, 2018

A prevalent theme that continues to bubble up at the moment is workplace culture. In the wake of the emissions conspiracy, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has stated that creating an open and transparent culture is a key priority for the organisation...

organisational culture
Culture: A Problem for Senior Leadership

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | Dec 6, 2017

There's a pattern I've noticed of late. The number of leaders willing to assess their organisational culture is growing ... hooray! The bad news is that while leaders are warming to the idea, and reviewing culture diagnostic reports, they tend to...

open culture
An Open and Closed Case for Culture

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | Nov 16, 2017

How many times have you heard the definition of culture as being, "the way we do things around here"? Whilst this simplistic view of culture serves a purpose; minimizing the complexity of such a multifaceted construct is of little help in terms of...

stuck in the mud
Stuck in the Mud: the problem with middle management

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | May 16, 2017

I'd like you to consider the concept of 'middle management mud'. You know, that group of people 'stuck' between meeting the demands of senior leaders and the needs of the people that they lead? Whilst I totally empathise with their plight, and the...

role of the safety person
Transforming the Role of the Safety Person

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | May 15, 2017

Let's talk about the role of the safety person. I say 'person', because labels such as safety leader, safety manager, safety advisor and safety officer conjure up specific images and expectations about what these people do which may or may not be...

anxiety of safety
The Anxiety of Safety

By Nicole Barrett, Psychologist | Mar 6, 2017

For nearly 20 years I've been on projects designed to assess and improve culture and collated data from over 6000 surveys, 700 interviews and 100's of focus groups in the energy, construction, aviation and oil and gas industries as well as local and...