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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

You Might Have a Dysfunctional Team If . . .

By Michael Holland Teams, teams, they are everywhere.  Many think that just surviving together through the drudgery of the work week makes the group a team.  Many think that having a moniker – the senior leadership team, the accounts payable team, the special super-secret project team – creates a truly cohesive and functional team.  The [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|Building My Team|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

4 Questions Great Leaders Ask and New Leaders Should Learn to Ask

By Michael Holland The parent tells their kid that as long as they are trying to do their best, that's what really counts only to berate them when their grades aren't up to snuff at the end of a semester.  The boss says he believes in a healthy work-life tension and that family is the [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|Your Development|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

An Introduction to The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

An introduction to The Five Behaviors model in the context of a real team. It explains how the behaviors derive from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, and describes how critical the behaviors are to building a cohesive team. The Five Behaviors profile, which provides both individual and [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|Building My Team|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

Quote – Great Leaders Build Their Bench of Leaders

By | September 29th, 2017|Shareable Quotes|0 Comments

Top 3 Excuses Why Leaders Don’t Meet with Their Bosses One-on-One

by Michael Holland      When I was a young manager working in Washington DC, my boss at the time began a certain tradition. Each week, she walked with me from our office, to and around the White House, and back again.  This 20-minute walk was spent talking about the hows and whats of managing [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Managing Up|0 Comments