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

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Constructive Criticism & the Praise Sandwich

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

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Delegating Successfully

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

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Rules for Constructive Conflict

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

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

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

The Problem With The Golden Rule

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

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Most of us adopt the golden rule as a measuring stick for appropriate behavior. Google’s informal corporate motto, “Don’t be evil” points to it. It’s a great place to start, but taken too strictly it can get you into trouble. All of us have a natural bias to assume … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.The Problem With The Golden Rule