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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

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

Hey Leader, Who’s The Adult In The Room?

by Michael Holland -   Managing employees is a lot like raising kids, and someone has to be the adult in the room.  Best bet is you’re being paid to be that person.  Employees and kids need the following: Boundaries of appropriate performance and behavior Guiding advice and latitude to make character-building mistakes Care and feeding [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|New Leader|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

What I Learned About Leading Well From Ballet Class

By Michael Holland -  In college I had the “opportunity” to take a ballet class for a semester with my then-girlfriend and my two very single roommates.  My understanding and experience in the field of ballet was non-existent, and my appreciation for dance as a sport was less than mature. Throughout the semester, I struggled greatly with [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

How to Tell If You Are a Wimpy and Dishonest Leader

By Michael Holland I worry at times that the gap which exists between leaders leading well and those who won't is growing wider and deeper.  Recently I re-watched the TED Talk  "Why Good Leaders Make Us Feel Safe" by Simon Sinek.  In the talk, Sinek inspires with stories of how true leaders provide a circle [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Building My Team|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