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How Specialization Kills Your Leadership Potential

By Michael Holland Why do we push leaders to follow a course of specialization of their leadership within tight functional silos?  Why do we think a CFO who has spent his whole career in finance would be a great leader just because he's worked his way up a ladder within the finance silo? The great [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

Why Great Leaders Never Say “I Don’t Need to Learn Anymore”

by Robin Perry “I don’t need to learn anymore.” A statement I hope I never say – and a statement I hope you never say! What happens when people engage in learning? They get new ideas, they have new perspectives, they try new approaches….all good things. Now take a moment and think about the last [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

The Key Ingredients for Building (or Re-Building) a Cohesive Team

by Michael Holland During a recent visit to Lake Placid, NY, I was able to see the USA Hockey Team’s Miracle on Ice exhibit. What an exhilarating time, seeing the pictures and watching a replay of that magical game!  Without much knowledge, we’d think this team just happened to come together and play their hearts [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Building My Team|0 Comments

Setting Tripwires: How Great Leaders Create Things to Trip Over

by Michael Holland     Rock stars and celebrities often have eccentric requirements for their pre-gig preparation rooms.  The famous band Van Halen had a clause in their contract that specifically said they wanted bowls of M&Ms backstage, but that all the brown ones must be removed.  Seems ridiculous.  But there was a method to lead band [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Your Development|0 Comments

The Critical Flaw of Leaders Leading Leaders

by Michael Holland There comes a point in time when leaders begin to lead other leaders. They have several people below them who are guiding teams or departments of their own, and they can see the breadth of their empire spread out before them, with all their resources working together to achieve the goals set [...]

By | July 8th, 2015|Your Development|0 Comments

Thomas Jefferson’s Trend Line

by Michael Holland Reading well-written biographies provides a great opportunity to place myself in the life and times of the focus of the book.  Recently I read Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a tremendous, deep dive into Jefferson’s use of all his talents.  Jefferson was exceptional at knowing how to distill complexity [...]

By | April 3rd, 2013|Your Development|0 Comments

Pray for Me: The Silencing of 100,000 Onlookers

by Michael Holland      Historically analyzing transformational change allows us to see the moments in time when leaders have articulated profoundly simple visions, and the resulting behavioral change that occurred over time within an organization or group after the proclamation.  JFK’s “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth” speech [...]

By | March 15th, 2013|Effective Communications|0 Comments

Be Selfish – Take a Mini-Retreat

by Michael Holland      Investing in your own development can reap tremendous rewards.  Invigorate your effectiveness by taking a personal offsite day.  Set up an agenda for the day that includes an inventory of what has been working, revisiting your goals, assessing the perception of stakeholders of your team’s work, dreaming about what could [...]

By | January 2nd, 2013|Your Development|0 Comments

Succession Planning: Not Just For the Top Guys.

by Michael Holland      All seasoned leaders at one point in their careers have been challenged with the departure of a key employee who had certain work knowledge that was painful to replicate.  Companies invest time and money in developing succession planning for leadership roles. They invest in developing strong leaders to make sure [...]

By | January 2nd, 2013|Building My Team|0 Comments

The Crucible

  by Michael Holland     Crucible:  A place or occasion of severe test or trial. Marine Corp recruits culminate their boot camp training with “The Crucible”, a 54 hour strenuous training exercise meant to simulate typical combat situations wherein recruits apply everything they’ve learned to that point in their training.   The “exercise” includes 48 miles of [...]

By | December 7th, 2012|Your Development|0 Comments