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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

Are You Really on Vacation or Just Working Remotely for the Week?

By Michael Holland -  It’s a beautiful little house on the lake. With the windows open early in the morning the cool breeze comes off the lake providing a fresh feel to the new day.  The small waves lap against the shore and birds can be heard singing in trees. It’s 5:00 am and there’s [...]

By |2019-06-26T09:05:45-04:00June 26th, 2019|Your Development|4 Comments

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