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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 |2018-11-30T09:23:02+00:00August 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:03+00:00July 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:05+00:00June 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:05+00:00May 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:06+00:00April 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:08+00:00March 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:08+00:00March 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 |2018-02-07T08:45:43+00:00February 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:11+00:00January 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 |2018-11-30T09:23:12+00:00December 13th, 2017|New Leader|0 Comments