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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)

The 3 Mistakes That Trip Up New And Seasoned Leaders

by Michael Holland -  Walking up a trail in the Adirondacks with a 50-pound backpack while staring at the majestic scenery creates the prime opportunity to catch your toe on the root in the path and tumble forward. Doing it twice in a matter of 15 minutes… well, that just feels stupid. New leaders – [...]

By |2021-07-22T10:19:49-04:00July 22nd, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

The Power – or Impotence – of Your Leadership Habits

by Michael Holland -  Habits follow a fairly predictable pattern of a cue (or trigger, craving) which enacts a routine to achieve a reward. A habit is the brain’s efficient method of decreasing power consumption. Think about personal habits you perform all the time:  brushing your teeth, walking, reading a text message after hearing the [...]

By |2021-07-15T09:24:19-04:00July 15th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

3 Ways to Lighten Your Leadership Luggage

By Michael Holland - We all carry around an invisible piece of leadership luggage. Some stagger under the weight of a huge steamer trunk; some lug an old suitcase, bursting at the seams; others shoulder a backpack, ready for the big hike; still others sling a svelte messenger bag casually over one shoulder. Inside each [...]

By |2021-07-07T09:24:10-04:00July 7th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

Questions to Prompt Your Leadership Reflection Muscles

By Michael Holland - Since December 17, 2014 I have been writing a journal entry for each day. Each morning I write about the previous day. Then I get to read what I wrote on the same day each of the previous years in my journal. This habit has helped me to gain tremendous perspective [...]

By |2021-06-30T14:10:46-04:00June 30th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

Top 3 Excuses Why Leaders Don’t Meet with Their Bosses One-on-One

by Michael Holland -  When I was a young manager working in Washington DC, my boss at the time began a certain tradition. Each week, she walked with me from our office, to and around the White House, and back again. This 20-minute or so walk was spent talking about the hows and whats of [...]

By |2021-06-16T17:05:39-04:00June 16th, 2021|Managing Up|0 Comments

Why Performance Reviews are So Damn Painful for Leaders

By Michael Holland -  During a recent coaching session with a leader, he spoke about how tired he was having recently spent his whole weekend to get his employees' performance reviews completed and then delivered the reviews in back-to-back sessions on the Monday and Tuesday right after the weekend. In my mind I thought "what [...]

By |2021-06-10T08:45:43-04:00June 9th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

The Rituals I’ve Created to Become More Effective

By Michael Holland  Creating rituals and habits in your life enable you to be much more efficient and effective. Many studies and books – The Power of Habit is a great one – delve into the inner workings of our brain and the role it plays in creating habits. The short story is that our [...]

By |2021-06-02T11:59:28-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Productivity|0 Comments

Avoid These 3 Types of Unwise Leaders

By Michael Holland -  When you happen upon a wise leader you’ll notice something very interesting: They ponder. They take a moment to dive into a pool of thought as they consider a decision, a course of action or a way in which to act. The pondering may be just a second or two, or [...]

By |2021-05-26T16:21:34-04:00May 26th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

3 Ways Leaders Should Train to Fail: Lessons from Chris Rock

by Michael Holland -   Chris Rock is renowned for his comedy.  He walks effortlessly through his acts, entertaining tens of thousands of fans, and while his humor is definitely well-known, the way that he creates his comedic routines is a little more obscure. Chris works a methodology that forces him to go on little-known stages [...]

By |2021-05-19T14:28:06-04:00May 19th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

4 Signs You May Be Leading Well at the WRONG Company

By Michael Holland -   It's a feeling you get over time:  Why am I not as successful as I can be, or think I can be in my role as a leader? Here are 4 signs that you may be leading well at the WRONG company: Bad DNA Match Your leadership DNA isn't a match [...]

By |2021-05-13T16:55:59-04:00May 12th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments
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