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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 |2021-07-28T16:00:50-04:00July 28th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

The 3 Mistakes That Trip Up New And Seasoned Leaders

by Michael Holland -  Walking up a trail in the Adirondacks with a 50-pound backpack while staring at the majestic scenery creates the prime opportunity to catch your toe on the root in the path and tumble forward. Doing it twice in a matter of 15 minutes… well, that just feels stupid. New leaders – [...]

By |2021-07-22T10:19:49-04:00July 22nd, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments

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 |2021-07-15T09:24:19-04:00July 15th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

3 Ways to Lighten Your Leadership Luggage

By Michael Holland - We all carry around an invisible piece of leadership luggage. Some stagger under the weight of a huge steamer trunk; some lug an old suitcase, bursting at the seams; others shoulder a backpack, ready for the big hike; still others sling a svelte messenger bag casually over one shoulder. Inside each [...]

By |2021-07-07T09:24:10-04:00July 7th, 2021|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 |2021-06-30T14:10:46-04:00June 30th, 2021|Your Development|0 Comments

Mid-Year Check-in: 3 Questions to Ask Your Employees

by Robin Perry -  We are mid-way through the year – it’s time for a mid-year check-in with each of your employees.  W hile you’ve been regularly talking with your employees about their job tasks and performance, now it’s time for a different conversation – time to “re-hire” them for the rest of the year. [...]

By |2021-06-23T12:03:13-04:00June 23rd, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

Top 3 Excuses Why Leaders Don’t Meet with Their Bosses One-on-One

by Michael Holland -  When I was a young manager working in Washington DC, my boss at the time began a certain tradition. Each week, she walked with me from our office, to and around the White House, and back again. This 20-minute or so walk was spent talking about the hows and whats of [...]

By |2021-06-16T17:05:39-04:00June 16th, 2021|Managing Up|0 Comments

Why Performance Reviews are So Damn Painful for Leaders

By Michael Holland -  During a recent coaching session with a leader, he spoke about how tired he was having recently spent his whole weekend to get his employees' performance reviews completed and then delivered the reviews in back-to-back sessions on the Monday and Tuesday right after the weekend. In my mind I thought "what [...]

By |2021-06-10T08:45:43-04:00June 9th, 2021|Managing Performance|0 Comments

The Rituals I’ve Created to Become More Effective

By Michael Holland  Creating rituals and habits in your life enable you to be much more efficient and effective. Many studies and books – The Power of Habit is a great one – delve into the inner workings of our brain and the role it plays in creating habits. The short story is that our [...]

By |2021-06-02T11:59:28-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Productivity|0 Comments

Avoid These 3 Types of Unwise Leaders

By Michael Holland -  When you happen upon a wise leader you’ll notice something very interesting: They ponder. They take a moment to dive into a pool of thought as they consider a decision, a course of action or a way in which to act. The pondering may be just a second or two, or [...]

By |2021-05-26T16:21:34-04:00May 26th, 2021|New Leader|0 Comments
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