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This is What Happens When Leaders Don’t Listen Well

By Michael Holland -   I recently read this story about a school teacher. . . a kindergarten teacher who at the end of an exasperating day had to put boots on all 31 of her students before she sent them out in the snow. As she struggled to lace up the last boot on the [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:02-04:00August 8th, 2018|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Why You Should be an Everyday Leader With Lollipops

By Michael Holland New leaders waste so much energy.  They have to invest so much time and thought into how to do this leadership thing.  One day they're working side-by-side with coworkers and the next day they are walking in as the boss.  Think about the moment they walk through the door that morning into [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:10-04:00January 31st, 2018|Effective Communications|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Your Employees are Frustrated With You

By Michael Holland Your employees are frustrated with you.  Yes, even though they may love you, admire you, work their tails off for you, they are frustrated with you.  Some of you cause so much frustration your employees dream of how you will look when they finally tell you they are leaving for another job. [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:15-04:00November 1st, 2017|Effective Communications|0 Comments

3 Ways to Improve your Communication. Or Maybe Just Hire a Translator!

by Robin Perry Several weeks ago we welcomed Ester, a 17 year old young woman from Brazil, into our home. She will be here for a month, with a goal of improving her English. (Or maybe it’s her father’s goal.) I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as her English language abilities but what [...]

By |2017-08-02T11:10:20-04:00August 2nd, 2017|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Improve your Communication: Have an Out-of-Body Experience!

By Robin Perry Most everyone I work with is looking to improve their communication skills – and for most of us it’s effort worth making.  How effective we are in our work and personal lives is often a factor of how well we communicate with others.  So what to do?  Step outside of yourself! Rather [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:37-04:00March 23rd, 2016|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Leaders: What’s Your Default – No or Yes?

By Robin Perry When my daughter was 13 years old I found I was saying “no” a lot, or offering a contrary point of view to hers.  “No” she couldn’t do something - or I didn’t think something was a good idea – or I had a better suggestion.  All of those “no’s” and negativity [...]

By |2015-11-24T08:17:54-04:00November 24th, 2015|Effective Communications|0 Comments

To Employees Articulate Leader is an Oxymoron

By Michael Holland   At the movies this weekend, we settled into our seats about 8 minutes before the start time for the movie.  The theater was packed and we were lucky to get two seats together and start munching down our popcorn.  Right on time the theater goes dark and we get ready for [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:49-04:00March 28th, 2014|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Are You Using the Information Pipeline for Good or Evil?

by Michael Holland      Part of the art of leadership is the give and take of that information which is not common knowledge.  There's a barter of sorts which occurs between leaders as they share bits and pieces of information they know, or sort of know, or are conjuring up as they piece together [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:24:02-04:00June 21st, 2013|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Pray for Me: The Silencing of 100,000 Onlookers

by Michael Holland      Historically analyzing transformational change allows us to see the moments in time when leaders have articulated profoundly simple visions, and the resulting behavioral change that occurred over time within an organization or group after the proclamation.  JFK’s “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth” speech [...]

By |2015-02-26T14:39:11-04:00March 15th, 2013|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Climbing the Communication Stairway

By Michael Holland        Listening is one of those skills we learned early in life.  We’ve “refined” the skill over time, but maybe the refinement has been more of filter management than enhancement of skills. Here are some possible reasons as to why we’re not good listeners. It’s difficult to put aside our own [...]

By |2015-02-25T18:01:44-04:00January 11th, 2013|Effective Communications|0 Comments