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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)

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

Watch Out for the False Summits in Leadership

By Michael Holland - The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY provide a beautiful opportunity for hiking. There are 46 mountains that are higher than 4,00 feet. I’ve spent some time climbing a few of the "46ers" and one challenge appears often: the false summit. After a few hours of hiking you come to a spot [...]

By |2021-02-24T12:10:34-05:00February 24th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

The Question Sequence All Leaders Should Utilize

By Michael Holland - One of my often used warm-up question sequence when coaching a leader is: As you reflect on your leadership recently, what is one success that sticks out, one way in which you were leading well recently? And conversely, what is one thing you did as a leader that, upon reflection, was [...]

By |2021-02-17T11:40:07-05:00February 17th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

Setting Tripwires: How Great Leaders Create Things to Trip Over

by Michael Holland -   Rock stars and celebrities often have eccentric requirements for their pre-gig preparation rooms.  The famous band Van Halen had a clause in their contract that specifically said they wanted bowls of M&Ms backstage, but that all the brown ones must be removed. Seems ridiculous.  But there was a method to lead [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:51:56-05:00February 10th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

Polar Vortex Leadership Experience

by Michael Holland -  A few years ago, I was moving my daughter out of a temporary apartment during a polar vortex.  The temperature hovered somewhere between 1 degree and minus 4 degrees, either way it was too darn cold.  And then there was the wind that drove that temperature even further down below zero. [...]

By |2021-02-03T11:28:43-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

The 7 Items to Include in Your Leadership Owner’s Manual

By Michael Holland -  I needed to re-set my clock in my not-so-new car and had forgotten which buttons to push in sequence to get the clock flashing and ready for change.  Rumbling through my glove box I pulled out the thick, black canvass bag which contained the owner’s manual.  Well, actually it contained one [...]

By |2021-01-27T12:41:00-05:00January 27th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

Ways to Grow Healthy Roots of Leadership in Leaders

By Michael Holland - Recently we had a large tree fall in woods behind our house. It’s huge and I wondered how could this tree fall when others around it were fine. Some leaders are like strong trees with deep healthy root systems. They had nutrient rich soils that helped promote growth. They had their [...]

By |2021-01-25T14:45:36-05:00January 20th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

Found Time – What Great Leaders Do With It

By Michael Holland - While on your way to a meeting, you get word that the meeting is being rescheduled. You now have 45 minutes of found time. Found time is like winning a small lottery.  You smile like when you walk outside on the first really nice day of spring. Great leaders are prepared [...]

By |2021-01-14T10:57:47-05:00January 14th, 2021|Productivity|0 Comments

You Might Have a Dysfunctional Team If . . .

By Michael Holland -  Teams, teams, they are everywhere.  Many think that just surviving together through the drudgery of the workweek makes the group a team.  Many think that having a moniker – the senior leadership team, the accounts payable team, the special super-secret project team – creates a truly cohesive and functional team.  The [...]

By |2020-12-30T11:58:52-05:00December 30th, 2020|Building My Team|0 Comments
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