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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

3 Ways Leaders Fail to Align Their People

By Michael Holland -   15-year-old girls have perfected the art of dual communication.  They nod appropriately to their parents as key parental instructions are put forth.  Then in a moment the 15-year-old girl turns toward her friends and dramatically performs the full eye roll communicating her true feelings and commitment to her parents. Managers working [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|Building My Team|0 Comments

6 Ways to Lead Like Albert Einstein

By Michael Holland      While reading a biography on Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson, I became very intrigued with how great a man Einstein was even given some of his flaws.   Here are 6 ways you can learn to lead like Einstein. Dress the Part Einstein’s iconic ruffled hair and disheveled appearance fit perfectly [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments