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5 Ways to Apprentice a Young Leader

By Micheal Holland -  Young leaders want to grow quickly to become effective managers and business leaders and while companies like to leverage these resources as soon as possible, a concerted effort to invest in building these leaders would be more appropriate. Young leaders desperately need to learn the craft of management and the art [...]

By |2018-10-17T13:30:37+00:00October 17th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

Charging Forward Because as the Leader, You Can’t Just Do Nothing

by Michael Holland -  Joshua Chamberlain found himself at the Battle of Gettysburg, leading the 20th Maine Regiment on the end of a battle line as they defended a strategic location: Little Round Top. The Confederates charged again and again and again, decimating Chamberlain’s regiment to just a few soldiers, each with little or no [...]

By |2018-10-03T16:27:33+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Executives Should Know|0 Comments

One Habit That Will Make You a Better Leader

By Michael Holland - Many leaders are challenged with having coaching conversations with their employees. Coaching is a process of letting people know that what they do matters to you. Coaching provides direction and timely feedback. Coaching inspires, encourages, and challenges employees. Coaching should be continual.  It's small things that the leader sees and says [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:22:59+00:00September 26th, 2018|Managing Performance|0 Comments

You’re Lucky: She Came in Knowing More Than You Realized

by Michael Holland -    A 52-year-old vice president struggles to keep his job.  While “successful” throughout his career, it seems he now lacks the leadership capability to adequately enable his team of 60-plus folks to achieve basic success. He also lacks the introspection to see that his domineering, “take-the-hill-at-all-costs” style has disengaged him from [...]

By |2018-08-30T12:51:40+00:00August 29th, 2018|Executives Should Know|0 Comments

How Leaders Can Gain Legitimate Authority

by Michael Holland  -   Do you have legitimate authority? What a great question.  Malcolm Gladwell in his intriguing book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, brings us perspective that we should know—or may already know—but that we often overlook. This perspective is contained in a principle of legitimacy and helps us [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:01+00:00August 22nd, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

This is What Happens When Leaders Don’t Listen Well

By Michael Holland -   I recently read this story about a school teacher. . . a kindergarten teacher who at the end of an exasperating day had to put boots on all 31 of her students before she sent them out in the snow. As she struggled to lace up the last boot on the [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:02+00:00August 8th, 2018|Effective Communications|0 Comments

4 Signs You May Be Leading Well at the WRONG Company

By Michael Holland -   It's a feeling you get over time.  Why am I not as successful as I can be, or think I can be in my role as a leader? Here are 4 signs that you may be leading well at the WRONG company: Bad DNA Match Your leadership DNA isn't a match for the [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:02+00:00August 1st, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

The Tension of Empowerment and Why You Should Love it as a Leader

By Michael Holland -  When a leader holds onto a project or work that could be delegated, is he being selfless or selfish? Is he supporting and protecting his employees or is he limiting their growth potential? Is he making sure things are done right or is he limiting the opportunities for innovation in work product [...]

By |2018-07-19T08:17:46+00:00July 18th, 2018|Productivity|0 Comments

The Curse of Knowledge in Your Delegation to Employees

By Michael Holland -   When a leader delegates he can picture very clearly what it is he wants done.  So he believes that he is communicating clearly to his employee.  But there’s a villain of natural psychology that limits our capability to communicate clearly and that villain is the curse of knowledge*. The curse of [...]

By |2018-11-30T09:23:04+00:00June 20th, 2018|Managing Performance|0 Comments