Holly's Blog

Celebrating the End & Preparing for the New Year

This week, sending sincere wishes for joyful holidays and hoping you find some time to wrap up the year and rejuvenate. It’s a great time to refocus your energies and determine what is truly important to you in 2009. What are you most proud of for 2008? When did you have the most energy? What [...] Read more

Keeping Employees Engaged

During tough times, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep yourself and others focused. Our brain’s reaction to fear kicks in and we pursue a variety of options just in case.  As noted in most of my blogs during the previous few months, “tough times are not the time to diffuse your energies.”  Focus, focus, focus! [...] Read more

Managing and Leading in 2009

In a previous blog, (The Times, They Keep Changing), I outlined the vast changes impacting our world of work today. Today’s blog entry focuses on what is critical to be a great manager and leader in today’s changing world. Managers and leaders need to have a more complete set of competencies, skills and traits. Both [...] Read more

Keeping Balance and Perspective During the Holidays

Family life today is much different than it was 25 years ago. Back in the “good old days,” families often lived within walking distance of each other, and it never occurred to them to leave their home town. People remained in the same jobs their entire career, most women did not work outside the home, [...] Read more

Thanksgiving & Thriving

What a great time to pause, breathe deeply and reflect on all there is to be grateful for! Without using too many cliches or tired phrases, this is the time of year when we most think about the many things to appreciate in our lives:family, friends, clients, our health, abilities, opportunities, maybe even great leaders [...] Read more

Keeping the Right Things Right in Front of Your Eyes

Sometimes the answers are right in front of our eyes and we still miss them! How can that be? Perhaps we’ve over looked, under appreciated or incorrectly assessed the situation. Whatever the case, we must remember that we are in control. One of my favorite quotations comes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Things which matter [...] Read more

Surviving & Thriving in Tough Times

Over the past six weeks, I have written several blogs and appeared on quite a few radio programs to discuss effective ways of doing business, managing, and leading with excellence during these tough economic times. I also recently participated in a panel sponsored by California State University and the Chairmen’s Roundtable. Since this topic is [...] Read more

The Times: They Keep on Changing

Over 25 years ago, The One Minute Manager revolutionized the way leaders approached the art of managing. These days there is certainly no shortage of management books out there and many have asked me the motivation behind my own book, More Than A Minute. While consulting leaders across the globe, one thing became clear to [...] Read more

Career Tips for Business Women

Since 1928 Business and Professional Women/USA has sponsored National Business Women’s Week®. Each year during the third week of October, BPW/USA’s members across the country take the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of working women everywhere. (And there are certainly a lot of us to honor and even more accomplishments to consider!) The [...] Read more

National Boss’ Day October 16th: How Does Your Boss Stack Up?

For those of you who don’t know, National Boss’ Day is tomorrow, October 16th.As an employee, I always thought boss’ day was every day and then I became one! Quickly I realized that the dream of propping your feet up and telling people what to do was exactly that – a dream! Being a boss [...] Read more