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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)

The Myth of Multi-Tasking and How Shallow Work Kills Your Productivity

By Michael Holland - Whether alone or in meetings, many believe that they are getting lots of work completed because we are great at multi-tasking. There’s an urban myth that says we are so much more productive because we are multi-tasking. But science proves it wrong: we actually do things in sequence.  Now, those [...]

By |2024-04-11T15:09:54-04:00April 17th, 2024|Managing Performance|Comments Off on The Myth of Multi-Tasking and How Shallow Work Kills Your Productivity

Being a Bobby Jones Type of Leader

By Michael Holland - Bobby Jones was a very honest man. Extremely honest. Tons and tons of integrity. He didn’t have to tell people he was honest or that he had integrity. Because he behaved in ways that revealed his integrity. Long story short, Bobby Jones was playing in a critical golf tournament.  [...]

By |2024-04-10T11:40:00-04:00April 10th, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on Being a Bobby Jones Type of Leader

3 Ways to Convert Leadership Mistakes to Wisdom

by Michael Holland -  In 1994 I made a classic management mistake. It involved a very stressful job, a struggling team, and two bags of marshmallows. The short version of the story is that a consistently tardy team member to critical team meetings received a barrage of marshmallows when he arrived late, yet [...]

By |2024-03-27T12:13:01-04:00April 3rd, 2024|Building My Team|1 Comment

The Curse of Knowledge in Your Delegation to Employees

By Michael Holland -   When a leader delegates they can picture very clearly what it is they want done.  So they believe that they are communicating clearly to their employee.  But there’s a villain of natural psychology that limits our capability to communicate clearly and that villain is the curse of knowledge*. The [...]

By |2024-03-27T11:47:36-04:00March 27th, 2024|Managing Performance|Comments Off on The Curse of Knowledge in Your Delegation to Employees

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 took while in college, I learned [...]

By |2024-03-20T11:25:56-04:00March 20th, 2024|Effective Communications|Comments Off on How Improv Could Help Your Leadership Impact

What Echoes of Leadership Are You Creating?

by Michael Holland -   A toddler is amazed by the sound of their voice echoing off the walls of a large, empty room.  I’m amazed by the echo heard down a valley from a high cliff. The sound reverberates, seeming to go on forever. The leadership voice of a good leader is heard [...]

By |2024-02-16T13:52:02-05:00March 13th, 2024|New Leader|Comments Off on What Echoes of Leadership Are You Creating?

What’s Your K-Cup Coffee Leadership Style?

by Michael Holland -  This morning, I brewed a fresh cup of coffee on our Keurig brewer, as I have done many times before. As I watched the coffee trickle into my cup, I began to think about the many different flavors of coffee that are available. In many offices today, you have [...]

By |2024-02-14T15:58:24-05:00March 6th, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on What’s Your K-Cup Coffee Leadership Style?

Are You Learning to Lead by Rumble Strips or Guard Rails?

By Michael Holland -  I was tired.  It was late in the afternoon. The sound and feel of my car running over the rumble strips on the side of the road jerked me completely awake and focused. I immediately guided my car back into the lane. My reaction could've been a casual drift back [...]

By |2024-02-14T14:49:41-05:00February 28th, 2024|Your Development|Comments Off on Are You Learning to Lead by Rumble Strips or Guard Rails?

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

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