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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 |2022-08-17T14:51:09-04:00August 17th, 2022|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 |2022-06-29T17:14:16-04:00June 29th, 2022|Building My Team|0 Comments

Pedigree and Talent Are Not Always What They Seem To Be

by Michael Holland -   In the movie Moneyball, Manager Billy Beane looks to rebuild his dismal baseball team with a limited budget and therefore limited opportunity to acquire expensive talent. He decides to gamble on a methodology to look deeply at what types of players and activity he needs to be successful, which brings him [...]

By |2022-06-01T13:42:47-04:00June 1st, 2022|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 |2022-04-20T08:53:28-04:00April 20th, 2022|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 |2022-02-23T12:41:19-05:00February 23rd, 2022|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 |2022-01-05T13:37:39-05:00January 5th, 2022|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 |2021-09-29T15:31:08-04:00September 29th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

By Michael Holland -  Your leadership mantra challenge for the rest of 2021 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, figure things out, [...]

By |2021-04-14T14:53:24-04:00April 14th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

Watch Out for the False Summits in Leadership

By Michael Holland - The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY provide a beautiful opportunity for hiking. There are 46 mountains that are higher than 4,00 feet. I’ve spent some time climbing a few of the "46ers" and one challenge appears often: the false summit. After a few hours of hiking you come to a spot [...]

By |2021-02-24T12:10:34-05:00February 24th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

The 7 Items to Include in Your Leadership Owner’s Manual

By Michael Holland -  I needed to re-set my clock in my not-so-new car and had forgotten which buttons to push in sequence to get the clock flashing and ready for change.  Rumbling through my glove box I pulled out the thick, black canvass bag which contained the owner’s manual.  Well, actually it contained one [...]

By |2021-01-27T12:41:00-05:00January 27th, 2021|Building My Team|0 Comments

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