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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

3 Ways to Convert Leadership Mistakes to Wisdom

by Michael Holland     In 1994 I made a classic management mistake. It involved a very stressful job, a struggling team, and two bags of marshmallows.  The short version of the story is that a consistently tardy team member to critical team meetings received a barrage of marshmallows when he arrived late again to our meeting. [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Building My Team|0 Comments

One Decision That Will Help You Create Healthy Leadership Habits

By Michael Holland As a leader, how do you analyze recent events, interactions, situations, encounters?  Do you have a critical eye seeking intelligence regarding how you have behaved and how your behavior impacted others? Looking closely at what we haven't completed or improved or how we behaved or could've behaved is a good habit.  Deciding where you're [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Your Development|0 Comments

Why “Tension” is Your Leadership Word for the Year

By Michael Holland I'm so tired of hearing people talking about balancing their workloads, balancing their lives between home and work, balancing commitment to goals, balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the business. The reality is there is not a balance or equilibrium.  We have been trained to think this false belief [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Productivity|0 Comments

Why An Explicit Leader is as Rare as an Oak in the Desert

By Michael Holland You know a great leader within a few minutes of talking with him. There's no mistake.  He stands out like an oak tree in the middle of the desert. His title - or lack of a title - bear no connection to his leadership impact.  He creates a circle of safety that [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

Are You Afraid of Failing as a Manager? You Should Be!

By Michael Holland Only 1 in 10 people have the necessary traits to be great managers and lead their team to achieve excellence in ways that truly impact company performance.  That’s what Gallup finds from their research. That’s not 1 in 10 managers, that’s 1 in 10 people!  And are those talented people the same [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Your Employees are Frustrated With You

By Michael Holland Your employees are frustrated with you.  Yes, even though they may love you, admire you, work their tails off for you, they are frustrated with you.  Some of you cause so much frustration your employees dream of how you will look when they finally tell you they are leaving for another job. [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Effective Communications|0 Comments

The 5 Tensions You Need to Manage Within Your Leadership Style

By Michael Holland Newer leaders make the classic mistake of overcompensating when attempting to adjust their leadership style.  They see the style difference as a problem to solve while they should see the difference as a tension to manage. Leaders naturally go to their strength with their approaches to leading.  It's what they know and [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

You Just Fired Your First Employee: The 6 Things You Should Do Next

By Michael Holland The pressure has been building for months.  You were clear on his performance review 6 months ago.  You were clear 3 months ago when you put him on the performance improvement plan and 1 month ago you met with him to sign the update to the PIP making sure he read the [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments

What is Leadership Style and Why Does it Matter to Me

By Michael Holland     Your leadership style is a melting pot of your personality, your life experiences, your natural/preferred communication style, the level of your emotional intelligence, and your perspective. The success of both young leaders and well-seasoned leaders in eliciting the willing collaboration of others toward a worthwhile goal depends heavily on the capability of [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments