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Onboarding Someone New

{4 minutes to read} When someone new joins an organization, one of the biggest derailers can be their inability to assimilate well into the culture. Another obstacle is relying on past skills that worked for them in their old job when new skills may be required. They think that what got them here will get them there. It costs organizations approximately 30% of salary to recruit, hire and train a mid-level manager, and it takes some time for them to start contributing. Leaders can assist their new hires to assimilate quickly and contribute to the organization faster. With some planning, […]

Onboarding Someone New By Siobhan Murphy

Move from the Battlefield to the Playing Field

Relationships are a key factor in the success of any enterprise.  Yet, many of us approach relationships with staff, clients and even our “to do” lists as if we were doing battle.   Shifting your way of being from being a critic to being an accomplished player on a winning team can shift your relationships and create new possibilities. In my work as a Leadership and Career Coach, I worked with Jean, a successful CEO.  Jean had an upcoming meeting with her business partner Ellen to discuss a soured client relationship.  Her stomach tightened and a frown came over her face.  […]


Getting Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

My bonus son, Jon, has opened a Crossfit gym in Islip (www.islipcrossfit.com). Crossfit is a workout that is constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity. While going through my orientation with Jon, I weakly asked him to “be gentle with me.” He said, “Siobhan, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” As a coach, I know this, but when applied to my physical comfort, well, I was letting myself slide. When clients move towards their dreams and stretch themselves to reach for bigger goals, resistance is an inevitable and predictable next step in the journey.  Knowing this, we can […]


Resilience — the new leadership skill

Resilience is the new “must have” Leadership skill in these times of tremendous change.   Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event and  to respond in a positive and adaptive manner.  I suggest we think of it as springing forward to a new stronger way of being after a challenge or tragedy.  What can you do to increase your own resilience?  Studies show that the most resilient practice these  behaviors and attitudes: Acknowledge the loss and the pain.  This is an important step.  We can’t just gloss over the feelings.  Express them through sharing with friends, having […]


Renewal is essential for high performance

Summer is a great time for renewal and new life and The Quest Connection is proud to offer several workshops to assist you in your business and personal renewal. I recently listened to author Tony Schwarz on the importance of renewal to high performance no matter what field you play in. He offers four main areas to practice renewal daily: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. His most important tip: take the first 90 minutes of your day to focus on the most important project on your plate. This is a high performance part of the day and we work in […]