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Do Your Leadership Habits Need a Wake-up Call?

By Michael Holland The habits we create as leaders cascade into continual behaviors; sometimes for the good, other times not so much.  We’re not entirely sure what we do or don’t do, we just walk through the day doing this "leadership thing."  We sit in the same seat each day at the same meeting, we [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

Start Fresh: 6 Steps to Follow to Rehire Yourself

by Michael Holland     Remember those feelings of the first days and weeks in a new job.  The thrill of learning a new environment, the freedom from office politics and gossip, the flood of ideas, the intrigue with meeting your employees for the first time, the adrenaline rush of opportunity to make an impact, [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Why You Should Surround Yourself with Positive Leaders

by Michael Holland     We’ve all seen him, that leader who just has a black cloud hovering over his head throughout the day.  The world seems dark around him.  He is unhappy with the changes in direction of the company, changes that were announced 7 months ago.  He’s discouraged with his team that appears to always [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Are You Afraid of Failing as a Manager? You Should Be!

By Michael Holland Only 1 in 10 people have the necessary traits to be great managers and lead their team to achieve excellence in ways that truly impact company performance.  That’s what Gallup finds from their research. That’s not 1 in 10 managers, that’s 1 in 10 people!  And are those talented people the same [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

How Specialization Kills Your Leadership Potential

By Michael Holland Why do we push leaders to follow a course of specialization of their leadership within tight functional silos?  Why do we think a CFO who has spent his whole career in finance would be a great leader just because he's worked his way up a ladder within the finance silo? The great [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

4 Questions Great Leaders Ask and New Leaders Should Learn to Ask

By Michael Holland The parent tells their kid that as long as they are trying to do their best, that's what really counts only to berate them when their grades aren't up to snuff at the end of a semester.  The boss says he believes in a healthy work-life tension and that family is the [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

The 5 Tensions You Need to Manage Within Your Leadership Style

By Michael Holland Newer leaders make the classic mistake of overcompensating when attempting to adjust their leadership style.  They see the style difference as a problem to solve while they should see the difference as a tension to manage. Leaders naturally go to their strength with their approaches to leading.  It's what they know and [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Never Say “I Don’t Need to Learn Anymore”

by Robin Perry “I don’t need to learn anymore.” A statement I hope I never say – and a statement I hope you never say! What happens when people engage in learning? They get new ideas, they have new perspectives, they try new approaches….all good things. Now take a moment and think about the last [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

What is Leadership Style and Why Does it Matter to Me

By Michael Holland     Your leadership style is a melting pot of your personality, your life experiences, your natural/preferred communication style, the level of your emotional intelligence, and your perspective. The success of both young leaders and well-seasoned leaders in eliciting the willing collaboration of others toward a worthwhile goal depends heavily on the capability of [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

What Does it Take to Lead Well and Our Quest for the 7K

By Michael Holland Somewhere today, within a 60 mile radius of Albany, there is a leader sitting at their desk with their head in their hands wondering how they can do what they need to do with their employee. They won't know who to ask for help.  They won't know where to look for help.  They won't really [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments