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5 Mistakes New Leaders Make

by Michael Holland     Most leaders take on their first management role between the ages of 28 and 32.  They are put in charge of their former peers and expected to continue producing top notch work while they take on managing the team.  New to the job and with no training, these new leaders fall into habits which [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Role of the Leader|0 Comments

Management 101: What You Wish Your Boss Knew

by Michael Holland -  Your role as a leader – should you choose to accept it – is to effectively manage the people asset you’ve been charged with owning.  This means: You are responsible and accountable for the effectiveness and productivity of each individual person on your team, as well as the team as a [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

Why You Should be an Everyday Leader With Lollipops

By Michael Holland New leaders waste so much energy.  They have to invest so much time and thought into how to do this leadership thing.  One day they're working side-by-side with coworkers and the next day they are walking in as the boss.  Think about the moment they walk through the door that morning into [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Why “Tension” is Your Leadership Word for the Year

By Michael Holland I'm so tired of hearing people talking about balancing their workloads, balancing their lives between home and work, balancing commitment to goals, balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the business. The reality is there is not a balance or equilibrium.  We have been trained to think this false belief [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Productivity|0 Comments

Stop Wasting Money on High Potentials and Do This Instead

By Michael Holland If you're still spending money on high potential programs, stop now and deploy your investment to a group of employees who need it more. I do believe that some high potential development programs have proven fruitful.  But most fail in their selection process and expend an exorbitant amount of executive time and [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|Executives Should Know|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Your Employees are Frustrated With You

By Michael Holland Your employees are frustrated with you.  Yes, even though they may love you, admire you, work their tails off for you, they are frustrated with you.  Some of you cause so much frustration your employees dream of how you will look when they finally tell you they are leaving for another job. [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Effective Communications|0 Comments

You Just Fired Your First Employee: The 6 Things You Should Do Next

By Michael Holland The pressure has been building for months.  You were clear on his performance review 6 months ago.  You were clear 3 months ago when you put him on the performance improvement plan and 1 month ago you met with him to sign the update to the PIP making sure he read the [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|New Leader|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 walk was spent talking about the hows and whats of managing [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Managing Up|0 Comments

The Key Ingredients for Building (or Re-Building) a Cohesive Team

by Michael Holland During a recent visit to Lake Placid, NY, I was able to see the USA Hockey Team’s Miracle on Ice exhibit. What an exhilarating time, seeing the pictures and watching a replay of that magical game!  Without much knowledge, we’d think this team just happened to come together and play their hearts [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Building My Team|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. Emerging leaders – and forgetful [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments