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The Power – or Impotence – of Your Leadership Habits

by Michael Holland -  Habits follow a fairly predictable pattern of a cue (or trigger, craving) which enacts a routine to achieve a reward. A habit is the brain’s efficient method of decreasing power consumption. Think about personal habits you perform all the time:  brushing your teeth, walking, reading a text message after hearing the [...]

By |2019-10-16T12:41:26-04:00October 16th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

Questions to Prompt Your Leadership Reflection Muscles

By Michael Holland - Since December 17, 2014 I have been writing a journal entry for each day. Each morning I write about the previous day. Then I get to read what I wrote on the same day each of the previous years in my journal. This habit has helped me to gain tremendous perspective [...]

By |2019-09-25T09:52:29-04:00September 25th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

How the Golden Ratio Can Guide Your Leadership

By Michael Holland - Sunflowers have it. Pine cones have it and so do pineapples. Leonardo Di Vinci used it in his art.  Many architects and builders use it. In non-geek terms, the golden ratio is basically a math term that describes a ratio, 1 to 1.618 that is commonly found in nature.  (See the [...]

By |2019-09-18T11:53:51-04:00September 18th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

What is Your Leadership Brand and Do You Match It?

By Michael Holland - At times in coaching leaders, I work with them on adjusting their brand within the organization. Sometimes this is a rebuild process, with the leader needing to re-brand themselves due to some difficult history. Other times it is a “build for the future” process, with the leader seeking to buildout their [...]

By |2019-09-11T11:32:52-04:00September 11th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

How Specialization Could Kill 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 people leader just because he's worked his way up a ladder within the finance silo? [...]

By |2019-09-04T11:39:26-04:00September 4th, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-08-28T11:32:30-04:00August 28th, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-08-21T11:09:00-04:00August 21st, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-08-14T10:58:33-04:00August 14th, 2019|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 [...]

By |2019-08-07T08:14:11-04:00August 7th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

Summer Reading List for 2019

By Michael Holland - Great people leaders are life long learners consuming blog posts, podcasts, articles, videos and books to gain perspective and increase knowledge. Leverage your vacation time this summer with a good book! Here are 4 books I recommend for this summer. Get Your Leadership Geek On. . . Nine Lies About Work: [...]

By |2019-07-03T10:56:32-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments