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Why Performance Reviews are So Damn Painful for Leaders

By Michael Holland -  During a recent coaching session with a leader, he spoke about how tired he was having recently spent his whole weekend to get his employees' performance reviews completed and then delivered the reviews in back-to-back sessions on the Monday and Tuesday right after the weekend. In my mind I thought "what [...]

By |2021-06-10T08:45:43-04:00June 9th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

Why Leaders Fail to Create Responsible Employees

By Michael Holland -   There’s the strong, powerful, charismatic, self-absorbed CEO attempting to guide a senior leader forward, or their team forward. After a moment or two of seemingly good leadership technique he finds his natural groove and drops the “S Bomb.”  The “do it my way because I said so” command. His order is [...]

By |2021-03-17T10:54:44-04:00March 17th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

How Would You Lead if Employees Were Given Lifetime Employment

By Michael Holland -  In a book I read a few years ago, a company was mentioned where the owner and leadership team decided they wanted to live out their cultural values in a radical way: They would provide employees with a guarantee of lifetime employment. That decision had profound impacts on so many aspects [...]

By |2021-03-10T11:51:42-05:00March 10th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

7 Areas to Enable Performance

by Michael Holland -  For an employee to perform well, there are seven areas of need that must be met. Knowledge and skill Capacity Clear expectations Defined standards and measures Proper conditions Incentives Feedback When an employee isn’t performing well, we too often assume it’s a “capacity issue,” thus the person just isn’t able. Before [...]

By |2020-12-16T10:49:31-05:00December 16th, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

Perception of Employee Performance: Which Lens Are You Using Today?

by Michael Holland -  "Here he comes.  Heading straight for my office for yet another 'conversation' about why he can't get his work done in time for our meeting next week.  Again and again he just doesn't come through.  And last week he left early one day.  I'm getting so tired of this routine.  He's [...]

By |2020-08-19T16:27:45-04:00August 19th, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

One Habit That Will Make You a Better Leader

By Michael Holland - Many leaders are challenged with having coaching conversations with their employees. Coaching is a process of letting people know that what they do matters to you. Coaching provides direction and timely feedback. Coaching inspires, encourages, and challenges employees. Coaching should be continual.  It's small things that the leader sees and says [...]

By |2020-06-03T10:26:56-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

The Curse of Knowledge in Your Delegation to Employees

By Michael Holland -   When a leader delegates he can picture very clearly what it is he wants done.  So he believes that he is communicating clearly to his employee.  But there’s a villain of natural psychology that limits our capability to communicate clearly and that villain is the curse of knowledge*. The curse of [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:15:08-04:00May 20th, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

The Myth of Multi-Tasking and How Shallow Work Kills Your Productivity

By Michael Holland - Whether alone or in meetings, many believe that they are getting lots of work completed because we are great at multi-tasking. There’s an urban myth that says we are so much more productive because we are multi-tasking. But science proves it wrong: we actually do things in sequence.  Now, those sequences might [...]

By |2020-01-15T18:08:07-05:00January 15th, 2020|Managing Performance|0 Comments

Mid-Year Check-in: 3 Questions to Ask Your Employees

by Robin Perry -  We are mid-way through the year – it’s time for a mid-year check-in with each of your employees.  While you’ve been regularly talking with your employees about their job tasks and performance, now it’s time for a different conversation – time to “re-hire” them for the rest of the year. Schedule [...]

By |2020-07-28T15:24:49-04:00July 24th, 2019|Managing Performance|0 Comments

The Potential Problems with Identifying Leaders as High Potentials

By Michael Holland -  The label of high potential brings such opportunity and promise. That young leader was thrilled to have been "identified" as high potential and excited that his perseverance was paying off. Now he's on his way to the elite club; he's going to truly be successful.  He's going to run up the [...]

By |2019-06-12T09:49:48-04:00June 12th, 2019|Managing Performance|0 Comments
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