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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 (

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 meeting, while [...]

By |2022-01-19T16:31:15-05:00January 19th, 2022|Productivity|0 Comments

How Improv Could Help Your Leadership Impact

By Michael Holland - "Yes, and. . . ." Our youngest son took to stage performance like a fish to water. His journey into theatre brought us to new realms of learning in many ways. Interestingly when he was chatting me up regarding an improv class he was taking at college, I learned so much [...]

By |2022-01-12T11:54:24-05:00January 11th, 2022|Effective Communications|0 Comments

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. From far [...]

By |2022-01-05T13:37:39-05:00January 5th, 2022|Building My Team|0 Comments

4 Examples of Leaders Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem

By Michael Holland - 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 at habits that could enable me to live [...]

By |2021-12-29T11:45:22-05:00December 29th, 2021|Productivity|0 Comments

Reading List for Your 2021 Holiday Season and Kicking Off 2022

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 quarantining or get away from the in-laws time – this holiday with a good book. Here are some favorites from books I read [...]

By |2021-12-22T11:31:55-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

12 Questions Every Leader Should Ask Themselves

by Michael Holland -  What can be learned from a survey of 1,000,000 employees and 80,000 managers about why talented employees decide to stay in a job or go?  What can you learn about yourself as a leader if you looked at yourself first as employee who has a manager? At times leaders believe -- [...]

By |2021-12-15T10:11:40-05:00December 15th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

What Will I Do When I’m Faced With This Situation

by Michael Holland -  As a leader, you may ultimately be faced with a situation that you never would have believed could happen. A leader is charged with so much responsibility and often has little training or wisdom to deal with the challenges that life can bring. The list below contains real situations I, or [...]

By |2021-12-08T15:29:22-05:00December 8th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

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 |2021-12-01T11:32:26-05:00December 1st, 2021|Managing Up|0 Comments

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 |2021-11-24T12:20:15-05:00November 24th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

4 Things Leaders Should Do to Finish the Year Strong

by Michael Holland -  In life, as in sports, we do well when we practice like we play. In other words, if we practice desired behaviors in ways that mimic how we’d behave in real situations, we will prepared to fully activate those behaviors at game time.  We will have created muscle memory. As we [...]

By |2021-11-17T11:40:12-05:00November 17th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments


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