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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 [...]

By |2024-05-12T12:41:28-04:00May 15th, 2024|Building My Team|Comments Off on Crafting the Story: The Critical Questions You Need to Answer as a 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

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

How to Tell If You Are a Wimpy and Dishonest Leader

By Michael Holland I worry at times that the gap which exists between leaders leading well and those who won't is growing wider and deeper.  Recently I re-watched the TED Talk  "Why Good Leaders Make Us Feel Safe" by Simon Sinek. In the talk, Sinek inspires with stories of how true leaders provide a circle [...]

By |2023-11-09T11:48:03-05:00November 8th, 2023|Building My Team|Comments Off on How to Tell If You Are a Wimpy and Dishonest Leader

The 5 Ways You Let Down Your Team When You Retire On The Job

By Michael Holland Three months.  That’s all.  Then you can retire or start the new role in the division in CA or go to the blah, blah, blah opportunity.  You’ve been laying low and avoiding all conflicts within the team you lead.  No sense addressing a problem with so little time left.  No sense wasting your precious [...]

By |2023-10-14T11:56:56-04:00November 1st, 2023|Building My Team|Comments Off on The 5 Ways You Let Down Your Team When You Retire On The Job

Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

By Michael Holland -  Your leadership mantra challenge for the rest of 2023 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 |2023-06-16T11:42:22-04:00June 28th, 2023|Building My Team|Comments Off on Why Great Leaders Say “Bring Me Problems”

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 4,000 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 |2023-05-17T12:22:36-04:00May 17th, 2023|Building My Team|Comments Off on Watch Out for the False Summits in Leadership

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 |2023-04-05T11:04:01-04:00April 12th, 2023|Building My Team|Comments Off on It’s Not the Team Failing, It’s the Lack of Ideal Team Players

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 |2023-02-15T10:58:48-05:00February 15th, 2023|Building My Team|Comments Off on The 7 Items to Include in Your Leadership Owner’s Manual

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 |2022-12-14T12:12:19-05:00December 14th, 2022|Building My Team|Comments Off on You Might Have a Dysfunctional Team If . . .

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