Strategic Communication

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

Last week I was interviewed by a reporter. She was writing an article on communication for executives and liked my earlier blog post on email etiquette.That article had practical tips for controlling your inbox so you can actually get something done. She wanted to know more. We discussed the strategic context of communications, not just what executives should be doing … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Strategic Communication

How to Build a Team

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

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Every organization goes through developmental stages. It can be frustrating if you’re in a hurry, but you have to help your team walk before it can run. If you have deeply entrenched silos, personality conflicts, low morale, or inattention to quality or deadlines, the good news is it can be fixed. The bad news is, you eat the elephant one … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.How to Build a Team

What Kind of Leader are You?

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

Everyone agrees that most people default to one or two leadership styles, and that a skilled leader develops the flexibility to adopt different leadership tactics tailored to the situation. However, most discussions overlook how our natural style drives us to use certain strategies over others, creating blind spots. Such vulnerabilities are the shadow side of our greatest talents, occurring when … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.What Kind of Leader are You?

For Superstars in Training – Part 3 – How to Become a C-Suite Executive

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

Last week, I talked about key facilitators and barriers to your advancement from a manager’s role to a Director’s position. This week I discuss how to make it to the rarified atmosphere at the top leadership circle as a VP or C-level executive. As with any transition of this magnitude, you must anticipate the new skills that will be required … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.For Superstars in Training – Part 3 – How to Become a C-Suite Executive

For Superstars in Training – Part 2 – How to Become a Director

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

As I discussed in last week’s article, professional advancement is a developmental path, with different core challenges at each point along the way. Last week, I talked about the competencies you need to make the transition from individual contributor to manager.  To make the leap from a manager’s position to Director, you need to internalize all those skills, and many … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.For Superstars in Training – Part 2 – How to Become a Director

For Superstars in Training – Part 1 – How to Become a Manager

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

An earlier blog about talent development discussed why it is so very important for leaders to develop their team. Most leaders spend very little time thinking about this. Their intentions are usually good. However, they’re so busy putting out today’s brush fire they rarely give more than a wistful thought to getting out of the brush fire business. If you … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.For Superstars in Training – Part 1 – How to Become a Manager

Consulting Cliff Notes

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

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Hiking alone, as I often do, my destination is Lake Peak, the second highest mountain near Santa Fe. It’s a demanding route, 3 ½ miles each way with 2,000 ft. of elevation gain to the 12,400 ft. summit. Air density is 1/3 less than sea level, making the steep uphill pitches a lung-bursting challenge. Sitting on a cliff with a … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Consulting Cliff Notes

Success Metrics

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

In a previous lifetime, I headed the research team for a boutique consulting firm. Massive surveys and complex statistical models guided advice to our clients on a wide variety of strategic issues: Image development, competitive positioning, advertising and messaging, building customer market share and loyalty, as well as creating a corporate climate driving high staff motivation, satisfaction and retention.  One … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Success Metrics

Hit by the Pie Truck: Why Talent Development Matters NOW

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

It was December 10th, 1993. 80-hour work weeks and international travel had laid me low and I’d finally seen my doctor the day before for a horrible cold I couldn’t shake. He peered and hmmmmed, sent some blood-work to the lab, and sent me home. The next evening, right before the office Christmas party I had to give the rest … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Hit by the Pie Truck: Why Talent Development Matters NOW

Silence is Golden: Are You Listening?

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Decision Making, Management, Vision

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog, noted business consultant Ram Charan cited data indicating that 25% of all senior leaders don’t listen well. That sounds about right to me. The natural leadership styles shared by many senior executives contribute to both a reality and a perception that they don’t ask others for their insights, won’t follow the advice they’re … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Silence is Golden: Are You Listening?