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It’s Not Your Fault You’re Not an Effective Leader, Or is it?

By Michael Holland -  It's not your fault that you're not really an effective leader.  You've put your time in to get educated. You've worked hard to move up into the ranks of management. You've put up with those bad bosses and countless ridiculous corporate directives and still delivered on the work you're charged with [...]

By |2023-03-07T15:57:17-05:00March 15th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

Polar Vortex Leadership Experience

by Michael Holland -  A few years ago, I was moving my daughter out of a temporary apartment during a polar vortex.  The temperature hovered somewhere between 1 degree and minus 4 degrees, either way it was too darn cold.  And then there was the wind that drove that temperature even further down below zero. [...]

By |2023-03-03T08:37:55-05:00March 3rd, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

The Question Sequence All Leaders Should Utilize

By Michael Holland - One of my often used warm-up question sequence when coaching a leader is: As you reflect on your leadership recently, what is one success that sticks out, one way in which you were leading well recently? And conversely, what is one thing you did as a leader that, upon reflection, was [...]

By |2023-02-22T11:40:19-05:00February 22nd, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

What a Leader Can Learn From a Snowy Road and a 16 Year Old Driver

by Michael Holland -  A foot of snow provided the perfect opportunity to teach my then 16-year-old son how to drive in the snow.  He was several months into his learner's permit process and, all things considered, was a fairly good driver. To start off, we found a nice big parking lot.  “Floor it towards [...]

By |2023-01-25T09:45:47-05:00January 25th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

The Fallacy of “I’m a Working Manager”

by Michael Holland -   “I’m a working manager.  I just don’t have the time to do all these management things I’m supposed to do” Yes, you are a working manager.  And so is every other person out there who is responsible for leading and managing other people. Every foreman, supervisor, team leader, manager, senior manager, [...]

By |2023-01-18T10:15:46-05:00January 18th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

Do You Have a Balanced Portfolio of Leadership?

By Michael Holland -  My keen financial planning colleagues can speak for hours about the art and science of balancing portfolios.  For the rest of us, we know that it's good to have a balanced portfolio whether it's with financial assets, the food we choose to consume over a week, or the selection of adult [...]

By |2023-01-11T17:33:31-05:00January 11th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

Setting Tripwires: How Great Leaders Create Things to Trip Over

by Michael Holland -   Rock stars and celebrities often have eccentric requirements for their pre-gig preparation rooms.  The famous band Van Halen had a clause in their contract that specifically said they wanted bowls of M&Ms backstage, but that all the brown ones must be removed. Seems ridiculous.  But there was a method to lead [...]

By |2023-01-04T12:18:52-05:00January 4th, 2023|Your Development|0 Comments

Reading List for Your 2022 Holiday Season and Kicking Off 2023

by Michael Holland –  Great people leaders are lifelong learners consuming blog posts, podcasts, articles, videos and books to gain perspective and increase knowledge. Leverage that driving or flying time – or get away from the in-laws time – this holiday with a good book. Here are some favorites from books I read this year. [...]

By |2022-12-22T13:59:18-05:00December 22nd, 2022|Your Development|0 Comments

9 Signs You’re Losing Your Influence as a Leader

by Michael Holland -  As a leader, how will you know if you are losing your influence?  How will you know if you've "jumped the  shark"? From the Urban Dictionary, the phrase "jumped the shark" is defined as: “the moment when something that was once great has reached a point where it will now decline [...]

By |2022-12-07T10:50:32-05:00December 7th, 2022|Your Development|0 Comments

The Critical Flaw of Leaders Leading Leaders

by Michael Holland -  There comes a point in time when leaders begin to lead other leaders. They have several people below them who are guiding teams or departments of their own, and they can see the breadth of their empire spread out before them, with all their resources working together to achieve the goals [...]

By |2022-11-30T17:15:41-05:00November 30th, 2022|Your Development|0 Comments


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