Transformational Problem Solving

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

Years ago, the company I worked with was retained by political advisors to a newly-elected U.S. President. Our job was to help him find the most powerful ways to talk about his new administration’s agenda with his softest supporters, swing voters. We were sent to Ohio, a key swing state. We put a bunch of voters in a ballroom with … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Transformational Problem Solving

Practical Magic for Business Innovators

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Strategic Intuition

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How would your life change if you had instant access to a business mentor who brought out the best in you? A teacher who provoked you by asking the right questions at the right time? A coach who encouraged you to do and be more? A trusted advisor who supercharged your creative problem-solving ability, guiding you to innovative solutions for … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Practical Magic for Business Innovators

Is Your Company Psychopathic?

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

Many corporations would seem highly dysfunctional if they were relatives of ours. They rapaciously pursue any strategy to turn a quick buck, regardless of harm to the economy, their surrounding communities or the environment. Psychopathic behavior can also be pointed inward: Teams downsized almost out of existence with no reduction in workload; frazzled leaders who never make it home for … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Is Your Company Psychopathic?

The I in Team: How Silo Builders Collaborate in Teams

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management

Most leaders know their team members have natural drives to work, think, communicate, and collaborate in distinctive ways. However, team leaders typically don’t give that much thought beyond periodic performance reviews. Our drives bring unique talents, particular needs, and predictable blind spots. Shrewd leaders know how to not only harness each team member’s distinctive talents, but also meet their individual … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.The I in Team: How Silo Builders Collaborate in Teams

First Aid for Stressed-Out High Performers

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

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Admit it. You’ve had those days when nothing seems to go right, when everything others say and do appears designed to provoke, when there is way too much to do in way too little time, or when you feel like something scraped off of the bottom of someone’s shoe and you have to perform anyway. Perhaps you’re naturally designed to … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.First Aid for Stressed-Out High Performers

Coming Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: Getting What You Want in an Uncooperative World

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

Yesterday I received a query for a media interview beginning “So many people struggle to get the things they want in life…others struggle and NEVER get the things they want in life. And still other people seem to effortlessly live out their dreams. What causes the differences in results?” I believe the answer lies in positive psychology. Positive psychology is … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Coming Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: Getting What You Want in an Uncooperative World

Prove It: Online Survey Tips

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

How do you know how you’re doing? If you’re a senior executive or run your own successful business, chances are your instincts serve you well, but there are plenty of times when instinct isn’t enough. You may want evidence to back up your gut. You may positively need it to persuade others to follow your lead. Doing good research is … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Prove It: Online Survey Tips

Grand Canyon Rules

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

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I Say This For Your Own Good Let me be perfectly clear: This trip was not for the mani-pedi, dallying in a hammock, mint on your pillow at night set. Though the guides did most of the work of rowing us down the river, keeping the boat upright in the rapids, and keeping us fed, safe, and environmentally correct, we … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Grand Canyon Rules

Success Myths You Should Unlearn

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

There are many common misconceptions about business success. These are some of the biggest lessons I’ve had to unlearn in the course of my career. Maybe you’ll recognize some. Be on the lookout for the others. Working hard leads to success. All mammals, including humans, are hard wired to achieve mastery through playing. That’s how we started as children and … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Success Myths You Should Unlearn

Answers that Define You

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

Who are you and what do you want? Most of us put the single most important questions in life on our voicemail greeting and never give them another thought. You can’t be effective in your work without those answers, because otherwise the course you’re setting isn’t your own. Planning a career path isn’t enough. You can’t plan your way into … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Answers that Define You