6 Best Practices for Successful Virtual Teams

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

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As of June 2013, Yahoo employees will no longer be allowed to work from home. Supposedly this new policy is part of CEO Marissa Mayer’s larger strategy for turning around ailing Yahoo. The smart money bets it’s something else: a disaster.  That train has left the station. Like it or not, no amount of wishing can turn back the clock … Read More

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Successful Business Transformation: 5 Lessons from a Marathon Runner

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management, Self Care, Vision

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One of the most important lessons I learned from one of my mentors is: How you do anything is how you do everything. It happens to be true, and the realization makes me much more attentive about everything I do, whether in the parts of my life I love, like my work and my family, or the necessary things I … Read More

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Constructive Criticism & the Praise Sandwich

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Influence, Management

Ata Boy! The Praise Sandwich

Bianca Ryan is a rising star. If you’ve never heard of her before go here for a little introduction. If only we could all display her poise under fire! Although Bianca gets high praise for her abilities, this young girl also receives blistering criticism. She accepts it gracefully, incorporating it into her next performance, but that doesn’t solve her problems. If you think … Read More

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Delegating Successfully

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Influence, Management

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This blog is for a prospective client I talked to last week. Most of us become team leaders in one of two ways: Either we are promoted to management because of our technical excellence, or our business start-up flourishes and we suddenly can’t do it all ourselves. Unfortunately, the switch from managing ourselves brilliantly to managing others requires completely different … Read More

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Rules for Constructive Conflict

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Influence, Management

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You’ve worked with them: The team member who drops the ball, acts selfishly, doesn’t take responsibility for their own actions, or loses their cool. In an increasingly collaborative workplace, you have to be able to work with them anyway. Sure, you could find another job, but then you’re just as unable to cope with the next difficult teammate. You need … Read More

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High Performance Management

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

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There are six common blind spots that cause poor organizational performance, and are capable of bringing down an entire company. None of them are “set it and forget it” issues. All require constant attention. High performance organizations continuously evaluate their effectiveness in these six areas. Those that are consistently attentive have demonstrated long runs of market dominance. What are companies … Read More

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Work/Life Balance Tips

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management, Self Care

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When I finished graduate school, I swore I would never again keep a sleeping bag in the office. While I’ve kept that promise, there are still occasions when I worked until daybreak, or got up to work at home in the wee hours of the morning. That’s pretty typical for senior leaders, but it isn’t part of my routine anymore.  … Read More

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Inspiration for Transformational Problem Solving

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Decision Making, Strategic Intuition, Vision

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In an earlier article I talked about Strategic Intuition, the source of truly transformational business solutions. Strategic Intuition may seem like voodoo, or at least spooky science, but every wildly successful entrepreneur and senior executive I’ve ever known has mastered it. We just don’t talk about it much. Perhaps that’s changing. Prominent business thought leaders are beginning to write about … Read More

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Some Rocks Float: Cracking the Code of Transformational Problem Solving

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Decision Making, Strategic Intuition

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Years ago I attended a seminar on problem solving. I no longer remember a single thing the speaker said except one provocative statement: Some rocks float. Strategic Intuition sparks all truly transformational business solutions. It springs from your ability to embrace a completely counterintuitive or serendipitous perspective, like that statement, and use it to completely change the game. Here’s one recent … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Some Rocks Float: Cracking the Code of Transformational Problem Solving

Creative Thinking for Transformational Problem Solving

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Decision Making, Strategic Intuition

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In an earlier article I talked about Strategic Intuition, the source of truly transformational business solutions. There are four components to this type of transformational problem solving: Expert Knowledge – often of seemingly disparate fields of expertise. An Open Mind – willingness to set aside preconceived assumptions to play with possibilities. The Aha! Moment – also known as the coup … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Creative Thinking for Transformational Problem Solving