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About Michael Holland

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)

Human Resources: Friend or Foe?

by Michael Holland -  Leaders should know that Human Resources professionals are there to help them. Though it might not look that way at all times, HR knows that the relative strength of their leaders corresponds directly to the number of people problems they will or won’t have. One of the primary functions of HR [...]

By |2022-09-21T14:39:41-04:00September 21st, 2022|Your Development|0 Comments

Why Leaders Waste Time and Work Longer Hours Than Needed

By Michael Holland -   There’s the young leader slowly walking in the door to work at 7:50 am.  His face reveals the agony he feels on this Friday morning as he’s worked so many hours this week just trying to get ahead of the workflow for his team and himself. He’s in for a 10 [...]

By |2022-09-15T11:59:17-04:00September 15th, 2022|Productivity|0 Comments

A Trip Through the Valley of Despair

by Michael Holland -  Change is happening all the time. Modern theory on change tells us we will work through a fairly typical pattern of denial, despair, acceptance and then hopefully engagement with moving forward.  Think of it as a big U curve with despair at bottom It’s our visitation to the valley of despair [...]

By |2022-09-07T15:46:28-04:00September 7th, 2022|Managing Change|0 Comments

Why An Explicit Leader is as Rare as an Oak in the Desert

By Michael Holland -  You know a great leader within a few minutes of talking with them. There's no mistake.  They stand out like an oak tree in the middle of the desert. Their title - or lack of a title - bear no connection to their leadership impact.  They create a circle of safety [...]

By |2022-08-24T14:13:45-04:00August 24th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

What Type of Trust Should Leaders Exhibit?

by Michael Holland -  Manager Matt is two years into his 1st tour of duty as a leader.  He’s survived the dark days of learning to manage on the fly with new situations when everything was new to him. He’s been through handling performance reviews and slow staff meetings, handled performance challenges and un-engaged peers, [...]

By |2022-08-17T14:51:09-04:00August 17th, 2022|Building My Team|0 Comments

Perception of Employee Performance: Which Lens Are You Using Today?

by Michael Holland -  "Here he comes.  Heading straight for my office for yet another 'conversation' about why he can't get his work done in time for our meeting next week.  Again and again he just doesn't come through.  And last week he left early one day.  I'm getting so tired of this routine.  He's [...]

By |2022-08-04T18:00:17-04:00August 4th, 2022|Managing Performance|0 Comments

Hey Leader, What’s Your Destination

By Michael Holland - Recently I saw a commercial where a young couple throws a dart at a map and then take off for their weekend adventure to wherever the dart landed. How spontaneous and fun. Your employees are hoping you’re less adventurous. In the rush of work and the ever-changing whims of senior leadership, [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:31:52-04:00July 20th, 2022|New Leader|0 Comments

5 Things New Leaders Want From Their Bosses

By Michael Holland -   There’s a dance going on each and every day between new leaders and their bosses.  The new leaders are in their first management role trying desperately to balance an insane workload with the art of delegating to their former peers. The new leaders appropriately want/desire a consistent, safe space to gain [...]

By |2022-07-13T11:50:21-04:00July 13th, 2022|Executives Should Know|0 Comments

Seeking and Cloning Those 4 Bright Spots of Your Team

By Michael Holland -  Looking back over the last three months, you can point to four specific times when you team was fully engaged, catching the perfect wave of energized synergy. The team was so productive during those times that the whole quarter was successful because of those highly effective windows. These are bright spots.  [...]

By |2022-06-29T17:14:16-04:00June 29th, 2022|Building My Team|0 Comments

Do Your Leadership Habits Need a Wake-up Call?

By Michael Holland -  The habits we create as leaders cascade into continual behaviors; sometimes for the good, other times not so much.  We’re not entirely sure what we do or don’t do, we just walk through the day doing this "leadership thing."  We sit in the same seat each day at the same meeting, [...]

By |2022-06-22T09:38:34-04:00June 22nd, 2022|Your Development|0 Comments

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