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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)

3 Minutes: The Slice of Time Good Leaders Leverage

By Michael Holland - Every day, there they are, these 3-minute slices of time. Some days there might be four of them, the next there could be seven. These tiny slices of time come about when walking down a hallway, waiting for a video meeting to start, during a break in a long [...]

By |2024-02-14T14:13:35-05:00February 21st, 2024|Productivity|Comments Off on 3 Minutes: The Slice of Time Good Leaders Leverage

Lead Like You’re the Rudder of a Sailboat

By Michael Holland - During a summer evening on the Magothy River, one of the large rivers feeding the famous Chesapeake Bay, I witnessed a beautiful sailing race: 40 or 50 sailboats tacked back and forth along the river, each one maneuvering to catch the wind perfectly and take advantage of a competitor. [...]

By |2024-02-14T10:41:57-05:00February 14th, 2024|Building My Team|Comments Off on Lead Like You’re the Rudder of a Sailboat

4 Examples of Leaders Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem

By Michael Holland - Listen to this blog post:   A few years ago, I got caught up in trying to get in better shape to lose weight.   I focused my energy on the goal of losing weight which, unfortunately, was the wrong problem to solve. To be successful, I needed to look [...]

By |2024-02-07T12:14:29-05:00February 7th, 2024|Productivity|Comments Off on 4 Examples of Leaders Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem

A Vital Skill to Help You Survive the Seemingly Clueless Leader

by Michael Holland -  Solving difficult problems and making wise organizational decisions can tax even the most self-actualized, mature, enlightened, and cohesive leadership team. A key to success is the capability to assume positive intent from the others on your team. This means that when the tight-fisted CFO shoots down your proposal because the costs [...]

By |2024-01-13T14:36:44-05:00January 31st, 2024|Managing Up|Comments Off on A Vital Skill to Help You Survive the Seemingly Clueless Leader

4 Questions Great Leaders Ask and New Leaders Should Learn to Ask

By Michael Holland -  A parent tells their kid that as long as they are trying to do their best, that's what really counts only to berate them when their grades aren't up to snuff at the end of a semester. A boss says he believes in a healthy work-life tension and that family is [...]

By |2024-01-13T14:19:06-05:00January 24th, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on 4 Questions Great Leaders Ask and New Leaders Should Learn to Ask

The 5 Tensions You Need to Manage Within Your Leadership Style

By Michael Holland - Newer leaders make the classic mistake of overcompensating when attempting to adjust their leadership style.  They see the style difference as a problem to solve while they should see the difference as a tension to manage. Leaders naturally go to their strength with their approaches to leading.  It's what they know [...]

By |2024-01-13T14:03:50-05:00January 17th, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on The 5 Tensions You Need to Manage Within Your Leadership Style

What Your Invisible Leadership Badge Reveals About You

by Michael Holland -   “Character is the will to do what’s right even when it’s hard.”  Andy Stanley I love this definition.  It clearly articulates the tension that exists for a leader who can see the right ways and wrong ways when he is called to make a decision and pursue a particular path. Only [...]

By |2024-01-13T14:09:06-05:00January 10th, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on What Your Invisible Leadership Badge Reveals About You

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 these [...]

By |2023-12-05T10:38:31-05:00January 3rd, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on Adjust Your Leadership Paradigm: Fire Yourself to Gain Perspective

5 Ways to Apprentice a Young Leader

By Micheal Holland -  Young leaders want to grow quickly to become effective managers and business leaders and while companies like to leverage these resources as soon as possible, a concerted effort to invest in building these leaders would be more appropriate. Young leaders desperately need to learn the craft of management and the art [...]

By |2023-12-06T15:59:10-05:00December 27th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Apprentice a Young Leader

Reading List for Your 2023 Holiday Season and Kicking Off 2024

by Michael Holland –  Great people leaders are lifelong learners consuming blog posts, podcasts, articles, videos and books to gain perspective and increase knowledge. Leverage that driving or flying time – or get away from the in-laws time – this holiday with a good book. Here are some favorites from books I read this year. [...]

By |2023-12-20T14:18:51-05:00December 20th, 2023|Your Development|Comments Off on Reading List for Your 2023 Holiday Season and Kicking Off 2024

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