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You Might Have a Dysfunctional Team If . . .

By Michael Holland -  Teams, teams, they are everywhere.  Many think that just surviving together through the drudgery of the workweek makes the group a team.  Many think that having a moniker – the senior leadership team, the accounts payable team, the special super-secret project team – creates a truly cohesive and functional team.  The [...]

By |2020-12-30T11:58:52-05:00December 30th, 2020|Building My Team|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 |2020-08-26T11:46:27-04:00August 26th, 2020|Building My Team|0 Comments

It’s Not the Team Failing, It’s the Lack of Ideal Team Players

By Michael Holland -  The team is not the problem.  The team itself is not dysfunctional. The team didn't wake up today and say hey, I'm going to be a dysfunctional team. The team is simply a label being placed on a group of people who together create a entity that can enable tremendous success [...]

By |2020-08-05T10:54:57-04:00August 5th, 2020|Building My Team|0 Comments

3 Ways Leaders Fail to Align Their People

By Michael Holland -   15-year-old girls have perfected the art of dual communication.  They nod appropriately to their parents as key parental instructions are put forth.  Then in a moment the 15-year-old girl turns toward her friends and dramatically performs the full eye roll communicating her true feelings and commitment to her parents. Managers working [...]

By |2020-04-15T11:43:25-04:00April 15th, 2020|Building My Team|0 Comments

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 again to our [...]

By |2020-04-01T11:48:06-04:00April 1st, 2020|Building My Team|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 |2020-02-19T11:54:12-05:00February 19th, 2020|Building My Team|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 |2020-01-29T11:03:33-05:00January 29th, 2020|Building My Team|0 Comments

Crafting the Story: The Critical Questions You Need to Answer as a Leader

By Michael Holland -  Great leaders learn the art of crafting the story in which employees can place themselves. The story has historical underpinnings, heroes, villains, a bit of drama, obstacles to overcome and a goal to be achieved that is just beyond the capabilities of the team but is within reach. Great leaders give [...]

By |2019-07-31T08:48:10-04:00July 31st, 2019|Building My Team|0 Comments

How Are Your Employees Consuming Your Leadership?

By Michael Holland -  I was recently asked if I knew about a local restaurant.  My response was immediate.  It's a great place, a little pricey but every meal I've ever had there is great.  The food is always good and I've had different dishes there over time.  The service is great, even on a [...]

By |2019-05-08T13:28:40-04:00May 8th, 2019|Building My Team|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

By Michael Holland -  Bring me problems.  Your leadership mantra challenge for the rest of 2019 should be Bring Me Problems.  We have so often heard the opposite phrase of don't bring me problems, bring me solutions.  We are too busy to solve all these problems and we want our employees to stand on their own, [...]

By |2019-04-17T12:10:08-04:00April 17th, 2019|Building My Team|0 Comments