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You Just Fired Your First Employee: The 6 Things You Should Do Next

By Michael Holland The pressure has been building for months.  You were clear on his performance review 6 months ago.  You were clear 3 months ago when you put him on the performance improvement plan and 1 month ago you met with him to sign the update to the PIP making sure he read the [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

Top 3 Excuses Why Leaders Don’t Meet with Their Bosses One-on-One

by Michael Holland      When I was a young manager working in Washington DC, my boss at the time began a certain tradition. Each week, she walked with me from our office, to and around the White House, and back again.  This 20-minute walk was spent talking about the hows and whats of managing [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Managing Up|0 Comments

The Key Ingredients for Building (or Re-Building) a Cohesive Team

by Michael Holland During a recent visit to Lake Placid, NY, I was able to see the USA Hockey Team’s Miracle on Ice exhibit. What an exhilarating time, seeing the pictures and watching a replay of that magical game!  Without much knowledge, we’d think this team just happened to come together and play their hearts [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Building My Team|0 Comments

The 3 Mistakes That Trip Up New And Seasoned Leaders

by Michael Holland     Walking up a trail in the Adirondacks with a 50-pound backpack while staring at the majestic scenery creates the prime opportunity to catch your toe on the root in the path and tumble forward.  Doing it twice in a matter of 15 minutes… well, that just feels stupid. Emerging leaders – and forgetful [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

Quote – A Wise Leader Says What Can I Do Differently

By | September 5th, 2017|Shareable Quotes|0 Comments

3 Ways We Continually Fail Our Young Leaders

By Michael Holland     Generation after generation of leaders have followed the same path:  get thrown into the position to take over leading their former peers, spend 10 or so years guessing at what they're supposed to do as a manager, and then start attending leadership development programs which attempt to educate them on [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

What Does it Take to Lead Well and Our Quest for the 7K

By Michael Holland Somewhere today, within a 60 mile radius of Albany, there is a leader sitting at their desk with their head in their hands wondering how they can do what they need to do with their employee. They won't know who to ask for help.  They won't know where to look for help.  They won't really [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

3 Ways to Improve your Communication. Or Maybe Just Hire a Translator!

by Robin Perry Several weeks ago we welcomed Ester, a 17 year old young woman from Brazil, into our home. She will be here for a month, with a goal of improving her English. (Or maybe it’s her father’s goal.) I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as her English language abilities but what [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|Effective Communications|0 Comments

The Power – or Impotence – of Your Leadership Habits

by Michael Holland     Habits follow a fairly predictable pattern of a cue (or trigger, craving) which enacts a routine to achieve a reward.  A habit is the brain’s efficient method of decreasing power consumption.  Think about personal habits you perform all the time:  brushing your teeth, walking, reading a text message after hearing the ding, [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Adjust Your Leadership Paradigm: Fire Yourself to Gain Perspective

by Michael Holland      We all can get caught up in our self-perception regarding how important we are in our leadership roles, as well as the effectiveness we enable within our organization as fairly decent leaders.  Leadership effectiveness is dependent upon your capability to leverage relationships to achieve goals.  The depth and breadth of [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments