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The Fallacy of “I’m a Working Manager”

by Michael Holland -   “I’m a working manager.  I just don’t have the time to do all these management things I’m supposed to do” Yes, you are a working manager.  And so is every other person out there who is responsible for leading and managing other people. Every foreman, supervisor, team leader, manager, senior manager, [...]

By | September 12th, 2018|Your Development|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 | August 29th, 2018|Executives Should Know|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

It’s Not Your Fault You’re Not an Effective Leader, Or is it?

By Michael Holland -  It's not your fault that you're not really an effective leader.  You've put your time in to get educated. You've worked hard to move up into the ranks of management. You've put up with those bad bosses and countless ridiculous corporate directives and still delivered on the work you're charged with [...]

By | July 11th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

Are You Learning to Lead by Rumble Strips or Guard Rails?

By Michael Holland -  I was tired.  It was late in the afternoon.  The sound and feel of my car running over the rumble strips on the side of the road jerked me completely awake and focused.  I immediately guided my car back into the lane. My reaction could've been a casual drift back into the [...]

By | July 5th, 2018|Your Development|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

Why Leaders Waste Time and Work Longer Hours Than Needed

By Michael Holland      There’s the young leader slowly walking in the door to work at 7:50 am.  His face reveals the agony he feels on this Friday morning as he’s worked so many hours this week just trying to get ahead of the workflow for his team and himself. He’s in for a [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|Productivity|0 Comments

What Will the Legacy of Your Leadership Reveal

By Michael Holland -   Adolf Hitler has a legacy.  He left a rippling wake from his leadership. As soon as you saw that name you had an immediate reaction to the legacy he has left and understandably a very negative reaction. Now consider Abraham Lincoln who also has a legacy.  He left a rippling wake [...]

By | May 30th, 2018|New Leader|0 Comments

What Type of Trust Should Leaders Exhibit?

by Michael Holland     Manager Matt is two years into his 1st tour of duty as a leader.  He’s survived the dark days of learning to manage on the fly with new situations when everything was new to him. He’s been through performance reviews and slow staff meetings, handled performance reviews and un-engaged peers, experienced hiring [...]

By | May 23rd, 2018|Building My Team|0 Comments