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Leading Naked: 3 Ways to Become a More Impactful Leader

By Michael Holland -  Great leaders stand out like an oak tree growing in the desert.  You see it, feel it, know it when you're around a great leader.  There's an authenticity about them that is so endearing.  They are great because they have the capability to be vulnerable and seek as much information as [...]

By |2019-04-25T17:59:51-04:00April 24th, 2019|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 |2019-04-03T11:34:31-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

Why You Should Always Assume Employees Are in the Room

By Michael Holland -  The moment you were first promoted to lead others you stepped across an enormous chasm.  You thought it was a simple small step forward; just a mere couple of inches to the first rung on the ladder up the organization's hierarchy. But in reality you were suddenly one of "them", part [...]

By |2019-03-27T11:31:15-04:00March 27th, 2019|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 |2019-02-20T12:01:54-04:00February 20th, 2019|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 |2019-02-13T08:01:40-04:00February 13th, 2019|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 |2019-02-06T12:13:17-04:00February 6th, 2019|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 |2019-01-30T15:50:01-04:00January 30th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

The Question You Need to Ask Yourself as a Leader

By Michael Holland - I've asked the question countless times and more often than not I get the same basic answer.  The question: who in your past has been a great leader, someone you can visualize and model your leadership behavior after? A few moments of staring off into space ensues while they think back [...]

By |2019-01-16T20:31:28-04:00January 16th, 2019|Your Development|0 Comments

The Value a Peer Leadership Network COULD Provide

by Michael Holland -  A leader can often feel quite lonely as the day passes into the evening.  The "to do" list is still too long and emails await responses.  A recent employee issue weighs heavily on the mind.  Tomorrow’s calendar is already full with back-to-back meetings. Creating and cultivating a network of peer leaders [...]

By |2018-12-26T12:05:31-04:00December 26th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

Reading List for Your 2018 Holiday Vacation Time

By Michael Holland - Great leaders are life long 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 4 books I've read and recommend for this [...]

By |2018-12-19T17:35:08-04:00December 19th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments