Holly's Blog

How to Give Four Generations Feedback

I had one of those defining moments in life the other day. I went to the doctor for a minor ailment, and for the first time I noticed that the person wearing the stethoscope was younger than me! My prevailing view of the world says that authority figures – doctors, judges, teachers, etc. – should […] Read more

Don’t Just Get it Done, Get the Right Things Done!

Last week I wrote about four strategies for “getting it done” in organizations. In other words, following through and executing on the plan. But there’s one very important step that needs to happen first – making sure you’re executing on the right projects and initiatives. Otherwise, you may be getting things done that don’t support […] Read more

Don’t Just Do It, Get It Done!

I work with, support and present to hundreds of CEOs and business owners each year. In a world that changes as quickly as ours, they are getting more and more worried about old, entrenched ways of thinking and doing as a source of real vulnerability for their organizations. Most of them are also deeply concerned […] Read more

Fight Back Against Over-Stimulation!

In today’s hyper-fast world, we’re so constantly over-stimulated that we rarely notice it. Find out how sensory overload can be bad for your business. Read more

Why We Often Do Stupid Stuff

Not long ago, Car and Driver Magazine conducted a test to compare normal driver braking times against “impaired” braking conditions, such as drinking, texting, or checking email while driving. The test involved a driver going 70 miles per hour (on a straight course) who was instructed to hit the brakes as soon as he saw […] Read more

Did You Hear it Through the Grapevine?

Spring is here and life is bursting out at the seams! The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and people are hard at work getting their gardens ready for the growing season. Experienced gardeners know there’s more to just planting the seeds, laying down some mulch, and watering the soil. Creating the best environment […] Read more

Tease Your Brain (It’s Good for You!)

To test your mental acuity, answer the following questions (no peeking at the answers!): Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name? A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What […] Read more

Did You Confabulate Today?

Confabulate. Isn’t that a delightful word! The first time I heard it I thought it must be a sniglet, a term coined by comedian Rich Hall in the ˜80s. Loosely defined as “any word that isn’t in the dictionary but should be,” sniglets usually involve a clever play on two or more words to humorously […] Read more

Coach or Manager: You Make the Call

Have you ever wondered why the head of a baseball team is called the manager and the head of a basketball team is called the coach? (These are the kinds of things I sometimes ponder on long airplane rides.) The answer has to do not just with the obvious differences between the two sports, but […] Read more

Are There Hidden Gorillas in Your Markets?

We think we see a lot more of the world around us than we actually do. That’s just one of six illusions that profoundly influence our ability to lead organizations. Read more