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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 |2020-10-14T11:55:07-04:00October 14th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

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 |2020-09-30T11:29:26-04:00September 30th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

Why An Explicit Leader is as Rare as an Oak in the Desert

By Michael Holland -  You know a great leader within a few minutes of talking with him. There's no mistake.  He stands out like an oak tree in the middle of the desert. His title - or lack of a title - bear no connection to his leadership impact.  He creates a circle of safety [...]

By |2020-09-09T11:52:27-04:00September 9th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

Hey Leader, What’s Your Destination

By Michael Holland - Recently I saw a commercial where a young couple throws a dart at a map and then take off for their weekend adventure to wherever the dart landed. How spontaneous and fun. Your employees are hoping you’re less adventurous. In the rush of work and the ever-changing whims of senior leadership, [...]

By |2020-09-02T13:38:32-04:00September 2nd, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

How Leaders Can Gain Legitimate Authority

by Michael Holland  -   Do you have legitimate authority? What a great question.  Malcolm Gladwell in his intriguing book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, brings us perspective that we should know—or may already know—but that we often overlook. This perspective is contained in a principle of legitimacy and helps us [...]

By |2020-06-10T11:39:12-04:00June 10th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

Management 101: The 8 Things You Wish Your Boss Knew

by Michael Holland -  Your role as a leader – should you choose to accept it – is to effectively manage the people asset you’ve been charged with owning.  This means: You are responsible and accountable for the effectiveness and productivity of each individual person on your team, as well as the team as a [...]

By |2020-05-13T11:23:13-04:00May 13th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

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 in the [...]

By |2020-04-22T09:32:39-04:00April 22nd, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

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 the hang [...]

By |2020-03-04T10:42:45-05:00March 4th, 2020|New Leader|0 Comments

The 3 Mistakes That Trip Up New And Seasoned Leaders

by Michael Holland -  Walking up a trail in the Adirondacks with a 50-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 |2019-10-02T11:54:33-04:00October 2nd, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

3 Ways We Continually Fail Our Young Leaders

By Michael Holland -  Generation after generation of leaders have followed the same path: Get thrown into the position to take over leading their former peers Spend 10 or so years guessing at what they're supposed to do as a leader, and Then start attending leadership development programs which attempt to educate them on the [...]

By |2019-07-10T10:01:18-04:00July 10th, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments