Holly's Blog

Are You Playing to Win?

Your #1 job as a leader is to create a compelling vision of winning, then keep yourself and everyone else in the organization focused on it with laser-like intensity. Are you focused on winning and moving towards it each day, celebrating milestones along the way? Or do you play to not lose? When an organization [...] Read more

Get Your Hands on the Wall!

The recent U.S. Olympic swimming trials brought elation for some athletes, heartbreak for others. Find out what we can all learn from their passionate pursuit of winning. Read more

Time for a Nice Cold One!

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and everything is heating up. When the temperature soars and we want to cool down, few things hit the spot more than an ice-cold soda, lemonade, or beer. When things heat up, it’s also a good time to cool down your business. And no, I don’t [...] Read more

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