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3 Ways Leaders Should Train to Fail: Lessons from Chris Rock

by Michael Holland -   Chris Rock is renowned for his comedy.  He walks effortlessly through his acts, entertaining tens of thousands of fans, and while his humor is definitely well-known, the way that he creates his comedic routines is a little more obscure. Chris works a methodology that forces him to go on little-known stages [...]

By | September 5th, 2018|New Leader|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

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

3 Habits New (and Seasoned) Managers Should Be Starting

By Michael Holland -   The power of our brain to create and execute habits can be extremely beneficial or detrimental. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between the habit to walk (think about it) and the habit to grab that unhealthy snack every night.  The brain simply recognizes something being performed several times and creates [...]

By | August 15th, 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

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

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

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

Your Inner Circle: Are They a Catalyst or an Anchor?

by Michael Holland -  John Maxwell's 11th Irrefutable Law of Leadership (from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You) states that a leader's potential is determined by his inner circle, those closest to him. Basically, your success as a leader, whether you're a CEO or a new supervisor, builds [...]

By | April 11th, 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