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

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Successful Business Transformation: 5 Lessons from a Marathon Runner

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

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

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 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

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

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?

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

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