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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 | August 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 | August 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 | August 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 | August 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 | July 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 | June 20th, 2018|Managing Performance|0 Comments

What Echoes of Leadership Are You Creating?

by Michael Holland -   A toddler is amazed by the sound of their voice echoing off the walls of a large, empty room.  I’m amazed by the echo heard down a valley from a high cliff. The sound reverberates, seeming to go on forever. The leadership voice of a good leader is heard in the [...]

By | June 6th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

5 Things New Leaders Want From Their Bosses

By Michael Holland -   There’s a dance going on each and every day between new leaders and their bosses.  The new leaders are in their first management role trying desperately to balance an insane workload with the art of delegating to their former peers. The new leaders appropriately want/desire a consistent, safe space to gain [...]

By | May 16th, 2018|Executives Should Know|0 Comments

3 Small Changes That Made Me a More Effective Leader

By Michael Holland -   “Hi I’m Mike, and I’m a recovering bad leader.”  There was a time – or rather a season – in my life in which I led in ways that caused some collateral damage.  I drove hard for objectives using sheer will to drive teams forward.  While “I” may have perceived we [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

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