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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

What is Leadership Style and Why Does it Matter to Me

By Michael Holland     Your leadership style is a melting pot of your personality, your life experiences, your natural/preferred communication style, the level of your emotional intelligence, and your perspective. The success of both young leaders and well-seasoned leaders in eliciting the willing collaboration of others toward a worthwhile goal depends heavily on the capability of [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Quote – Great Leaders Build Their Bench of Leaders

By | September 29th, 2017|Shareable Quotes|0 Comments

3 Fears You Should Have When Considering a Promotion

by Michael Holland      A promotion brings tremendous thrill and excitement.  But seasoned leaders realize that those feelings are short lived.  Their hard-won wisdom tells them a promotion’s short honeymoon will be followed by three times as much work as they had before. As you get promoted, especially to your first management position, you [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|New Leader|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

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

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

How to Get Better at Achieving Your Long-Term Goals: Covey’s 4 Quadrants Productivity Tool

In several books by Stephen Covey, he describes a framework for prioritizing work that is aimed at achieving long-term goals by understanding the lack of need for work on tasks that appear to be urgent, but are in reality less important. He uses a time management 4 box method to categorize tasks on two continuum: [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

More Productive Workplaces with Everything DiSC Infographic

The quality of your workplace can be improved when your co-workers learn how to understand and appreciate each other's priorities and preferences.

By | June 30th, 2017|DiSC|0 Comments

The Rituals I’ve Created to Become More Effective

By Michael Holland  Creating rituals and habits in your life enable you to be much more efficient and effective. Many studies and books – The Power of Habit is a great one – delve into the inner workings of our brain and the role it plays in creating habits. The short story is that our [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments