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Michael Holland unravels the mysteries of leadership. Michael is a professional executive coach and trusted advisor to executives who seek to become better leaders and build cohesive teams. Michael’s wisdom and insight are the product of 30 plus years of leadership experience and an uncanny, natural ability to perceive the questions that need to be asked. His newest book -- The Missing Leader: One Man's Journey to Leading Well - A Leadership Fable -- is available on Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/2nsZzhK)

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 [...]

By |2021-05-05T12:02:12-04:00May 5th, 2021|Your Development|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. [...]

By |2021-04-30T08:28:26-04:00April 28th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

How a Hobby Revealed 3 Advantages to Shorter Planning and Feedback Cycles

By Michael Holland - Golfing is one of my favorite hobbies. A few years ago, I started looking at my scoring in 3 hole increments providing a look-back at 3 holes to see how I scored and a motivation and plan for the next 3 holes. With this rhythm, I was able to celebrate success [...]

By |2021-04-21T15:29:00-04:00April 21st, 2021|Productivity|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

By Michael Holland -  Your leadership mantra challenge for the rest of 2021 should be Bring Me Problems. We have so often heard the opposite phrase of don't bring me problems, bring me solutions. We are too busy to solve all these problems and we want our employees to stand on their own, figure things out, [...]

By |2021-04-14T14:53:24-04:00April 14th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

How Leadership Muscle Memory Can Help You to Lead Well

by Michael Holland -  So much of what we do every day is executed via muscle memory. Walking to a meeting is so simple that we don’t even think about the physics of how our body works. We can unthinkingly create a fluid motion that moves the mass of our weight away from a desk, [...]

By |2021-04-07T14:20:53-04:00April 7th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

What a Leader Can Learn From a Snowy Road and a 16 Year Old Driver

by Michael Holland -  A foot of snow provided the perfect opportunity to teach my then 16-year-old son how to drive in the snow.  He was several months into his learner's permit process and, all things considered, was a fairly good driver. To start off, we found a nice big parking lot.  “Floor it towards [...]

By |2021-03-31T09:55:24-04:00March 31st, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

The Question You Need to Ask Yourself as a Leader

By Michael Holland - I've asked the question countless times and more often than not I get the same basic answer.  The question: who in your past has been a great leader, someone you can visualize and model your leadership behavior after? A few moments of staring off into space ensues while they think back [...]

By |2021-03-24T14:45:16-04:00March 24th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

Why Leaders Fail to Create Responsible Employees

By Michael Holland -   There’s the strong, powerful, charismatic, self-absorbed CEO attempting to guide a senior leader forward, or their team forward. After a moment or two of seemingly good leadership technique he finds his natural groove and drops the “S Bomb.”  The “do it my way because I said so” command. His order is [...]

By |2021-03-17T10:54:44-04:00March 17th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

How Would You Lead if Employees Were Given Lifetime Employment

By Michael Holland -  In a book I read a few years ago, a company was mentioned where the owner and leadership team decided they wanted to live out their cultural values in a radical way: They would provide employees with a guarantee of lifetime employment. That decision had profound impacts on so many aspects [...]

By |2021-03-10T11:51:42-05:00March 10th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

Do You Have a Balanced Portfolio of Leadership?

By Michael Holland -  My keen financial planning colleagues can speak for hours about the art and science of balancing portfolios.  For the rest of us, we know that it's good to have a balanced portfolio whether it's with financial assets, the food we choose to consume over a week, or the selection of adult [...]

By |2021-03-03T11:01:11-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments
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