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

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?

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

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