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The Difference Between Getting Things Done and Being an Effective Leader

By Michael Holland -  A seasoned Senior Vice President appears to have it all together.  He glides through the office with ease, almost strutting with an aura of success and accomplishment. He drives projects to conclusion, he musters employees and whole departments to give more and more work effort. He leaves late in the evening, [...]

By |2020-11-18T11:57:00-05:00November 18th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

Why Leaders Waste Time and Work Longer Hours Than Needed

By Michael Holland -   There’s the young leader slowly walking in the door to work at 7:50 am.  His face reveals the agony he feels on this Friday morning as he’s worked so many hours this week just trying to get ahead of the workflow for his team and himself. He’s in for a 10 [...]

By |2020-10-07T15:34:13-04:00October 7th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

The #Leadwell Daily Ritual: Becoming a More Effective and Happier Leader

By Michael Holland - Having worked with hundreds and hundreds of leaders, I find so many lack focus on working to become effective at leading well. The key is micro-behaviors.  Those little things that we do that have longer term ripple impacts.  The gap for most leaders comes from not intentionally creating habits that enable healthy micro-behaviors [...]

By |2020-05-28T11:51:31-04:00May 28th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

The Tension of Empowerment and Why You Should Love it as a Leader

By Michael Holland -  When a leader holds onto a project or work that could be delegated, is he being selfless or selfish? Is he supporting and protecting his employees or is he limiting their growth potential? Is he making sure things are done right or is he limiting the opportunities for innovation in work product [...]

By |2020-04-29T12:46:03-04:00April 29th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

Suddenly You’re a Virtual Leader: Some Thoughts and Tips for Leading Well

By Michael Holland - In what feels like a quick moment, we are in an alternate world. Suddenly, we need to pivot and flex our leadership muscles to become full-time virtual leaders as the Governors ordered companies to have employees work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership context and environment you've been so [...]

By |2020-03-20T16:56:47-04:00March 20th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

3 Minutes: The Slice of Time Good Leaders Leverage

By Michael Holland - Every day, there they are, these 3-minute slices of time. Some days there might be four of them, the next there could be seven. These tiny slices of time come about when walking down a hallway, waiting for a video meeting to start, during a break in a long meeting, while [...]

By |2020-02-28T16:59:10-05:00February 26th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

4 Examples of Leaders Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem

By Michael Holland - Last year I got caught up in trying to get in better shape to lose weight.   I focused my energy on the goal of losing weight which, unfortunately, was the wrong problem to solve. To be successful, I needed to look at habits that could enable me to live a healthier [...]

By |2020-01-08T12:58:30-05:00January 8th, 2020|Productivity|0 Comments

13 Meetings a Day – The Fallacy of Productive Double-Booking

By Michael Holland - Recently as I was scheduling the next coaching session with a leader, I was able to see her Outlook calendar. She made a comment about constantly being double-booked for time slots for meetings and at times triple-booked. And that she routinely was in back-to-back meetings throughout a day sometimes numbering as [...]

By |2019-12-04T14:22:25-05:00December 4th, 2019|Productivity|0 Comments

Quit to Win

by Michael Holland -  Steve Jobs was a grand quitter. While he was immensely successful building and running Apple, he strategically leveraged quitting. He quit acclaimed Reed College after one semester and then dropped in periodically on creative classes at the school.  He later recounted how one course in calligraphy developed his love of typography. [...]

By |2019-10-09T11:06:53-04:00October 9th, 2019|Productivity|0 Comments

The Rituals I’ve Created to Become More Effective

By Michael Holland  Creating rituals and habits in your life enable you to be much more efficient and effective. Many studies and books – The Power of Habit is a great one – delve into the inner workings of our brain and the role it plays in creating habits. The short story is that our [...]

By |2019-06-05T11:30:05-04:00June 5th, 2019|Productivity|0 Comments