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

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

Some Rocks Float: Cracking the Code of Transformational Problem Solving

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Decision Making, Strategic Intuition

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Years ago I attended a seminar on problem solving. I no longer remember a single thing the speaker said except one provocative statement: Some rocks float. Strategic Intuition sparks all truly transformational business solutions. It springs from your ability to embrace a completely counterintuitive or serendipitous perspective, like that statement, and use it to completely change the game. Here’s one recent … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Some Rocks Float: Cracking the Code of Transformational Problem Solving

Creative Thinking for Transformational Problem Solving

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Decision Making, Strategic Intuition

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In an earlier article I talked about Strategic Intuition, the source of truly transformational business solutions. There are four components to this type of transformational problem solving: Expert Knowledge – often of seemingly disparate fields of expertise. An Open Mind – willingness to set aside preconceived assumptions to play with possibilities. The Aha! Moment – also known as the coup … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Creative Thinking for Transformational Problem Solving

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

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

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

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

How to Control a Change Reaction

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Management, Strategic Intuition

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According to change management specialist John Kotter, of every 20 change initiatives only 2 or 3 will fully succeed. Many will be abject failures, not because the mechanics of the transition haven’t been thought out, but because of resistance. I think those numbers are about right, whether we are talking about business reorganizations, new product launches, or executives transitioning into … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.How to Control a Change Reaction

My Favorite Mistake

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.Strategic Intuition

Newsweek Magazine runs a brilliant column titled “My Favorite Mistake.” Each week a different person describes something stupid they did earlier in their career that helped to define who they are today. When captains of industry, well-known politicians, and prominent celebrities ‘fess up to their most egregious blunders, you quickly realize: Nobody’s perfect. Nobody. What distinguishes our cultural leaders is … Read More

E. Ann Hollier, Ph.D.My Favorite Mistake