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12 Questions Every Leader Should Ask Themselves

by Michael Holland -  What can be learned from a survey of 1,000,000 employees and 80,000 managers about why talented employees decide to stay in a job or go?  What can you learn about yourself as a leader if you looked at yourself first as employee who has a manager? At times leaders believe -- [...]

By |2019-05-15T11:56:10-04:00May 15th, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

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 VP talks this way, I become extremely concerned for the welfare of the company [...]

By |2019-05-01T12:00:31-04:00May 1st, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

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 |2019-02-28T11:34:15-04:00February 28th, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

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 |2019-01-23T11:47:40-04:00January 2nd, 2019|New Leader|0 Comments

Ways to Grow Healthy Roots of Leadership in Leaders

By Michael Holland - Recently we had a large tree fall in woods behind our house. It’s huge and I wondered how could this tree fall when others around it were fine. Some leaders are like strong trees with deep healthy root systems. They had nutrient rich soils that helped promote growth. They had their [...]

By |2018-12-05T10:39:49-04:00December 5th, 2018|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 |2018-11-30T09:22:57-04:00November 21st, 2018|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 |2018-11-07T09:19:11-04:00November 7th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

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 |2018-10-17T13:30:37-04:00October 17th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

3 Ways Leaders Should Train to Fail: Lessons from Chris Rock

by Michael Holland -   Chris Rock is renowned for his comedy.  He walks effortlessly through his acts, entertaining tens of thousands of fans, and while his humor is definitely well-known, the way that he creates his comedic routines is a little more obscure. Chris works a methodology that forces him to go on little-known stages [...]

By |2018-09-05T08:57:52-04:00September 5th, 2018|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 |2018-11-30T09:23:01-04:00August 22nd, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments