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New Manager With One Direct Report = Failure

By Michael Holland -  I think one of the biggest mistakes seemingly well-intentioned organizations make is promoting someone to supervision/management and giving them just a single direct report. The logic seems to be that by giving them a single employee to manage, they can learn how to lead with less risk and more time to get [...]

By |2024-05-05T14:52:37-04:00May 8th, 2024|New Leader|Comments Off on New Manager With One Direct Report = Failure

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?

5 Ways to Apprentice a Young Leader

By Micheal Holland -  Young leaders want to grow quickly to become effective managers and business leaders and while companies like to leverage these resources as soon as possible, a concerted effort to invest in building these leaders would be more appropriate. Young leaders desperately need to learn the craft of management and the art [...]

By |2023-12-06T15:59:10-05:00December 27th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Apprentice a Young Leader

One of The Most Irritating Comments I Hear From Leaders

By Michael Holland -  One of the most irritating comments I hear from leaders at all levels is along the lines of ". . . my team is my family . . . " And when a leader above the rank of director talks this way, I become extremely concerned for the welfare of the [...]

By |2023-09-13T12:12:28-04:00September 13th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on One of The Most Irritating Comments I Hear From Leaders

There Are NO Do-Overs in Leadership: 3 Ways to Avoid Making Mistakes as a Leader

By Michael Holland -  You cannot re-lead.  You can't go back in time and lead in a different way.  You can't wipe the slate clean and have people - your employees, peers and bosses - view you differently.  You can't take back those words.  You can't change the look that was on your face. Every [...]

By |2023-08-09T16:20:49-04:00September 6th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on There Are NO Do-Overs in Leadership: 3 Ways to Avoid Making Mistakes as a Leader

The 3 Mistakes That Trip Up New And Seasoned Leaders

by Michael Holland -  Walking up a trail in the Adirondacks with a 35-pound backpack while staring at the majestic scenery creates the prime opportunity to catch your toe on the root in the path and tumble forward. Doing it twice in a matter of 15 minutes… well, that just feels stupid. New leaders – [...]

By |2023-07-05T15:57:15-04:00August 2nd, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on The 3 Mistakes That Trip Up New And Seasoned Leaders

How Leadership Muscle Memory Can Help You to Lead Well

by Michael Holland -  So much of what we do every day is executed via muscle memory. Walking to a meeting is so simple that we don’t even think about the physics of how our body works. We can unthinkingly create a fluid motion that moves the mass of our weight away from a desk, [...]

By |2023-07-05T15:25:54-04:00July 19th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on How Leadership Muscle Memory Can Help You to Lead Well

Avoid These 3 Types of Unwise Leaders

By Michael Holland -  When you happen upon a wise leader you’ll notice something very interesting: They ponder. They take a moment to dive into a pool of thought as they consider a decision, a course of action or a way in which to act. The pondering may be just a second or two, or [...]

By |2023-05-03T16:04:50-04:00May 24th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on Avoid These 3 Types of Unwise Leaders

3 Habits New (and Seasoned) Managers Should Be Starting

By Michael Holland -   The power of our brain to create and execute habits can be extremely beneficial or detrimental. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between the habit to walk (think about it) and the habit to grab that unhealthy snack every night.  The brain simply recognizes something being performed several times and creates [...]

By |2023-03-07T15:57:37-05:00March 22nd, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on 3 Habits New (and Seasoned) Managers Should Be Starting

Why Less “Sanding” is Needed with New Leaders

By Michael Holland - Recently I was watching one of those home remodeling shows and the host was showing off the before and after shots of wood trim in a house.  To do it right, they had to put in a lot of work to strip down the layers of paint that had been applied [...]

By |2023-03-07T08:55:32-05:00March 7th, 2023|New Leader|Comments Off on Why Less “Sanding” is Needed with New Leaders

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