Walking PhD Reading List – 2017

By Michael Holland      In pursuit of my self-described Christian Businessman PhD, I started on a quest in early 2010 to read 100 books to increase my knowledge, exposure and intellect.  I achieved the goal in late 2012.  I now continue to read 30 to 40 books per year. Below are the books I have [...]

By | November 10th, 2017|Man-Up Moments|Comments Off on Walking PhD Reading List – 2017

The Tension of the College Major Question

by Michael Holland      By the time my oldest son was a sophomore in college, he had been asked the question "what's your major" at least 1,000 times.  This question started to come up in middle school: casually at first, both at school and with us, his ever-concerned parents.  Steady progression of the question continued [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Why Momentum Does Not Equal Success as a Father

By Michael Holland      Burning the candle on both ends and in the middle makes us feel like we are being successful.  The momentum and pace provide the rush, and we complete our days so exhausted, we we must be making progress.  Right? Wrong. In our frantic pace, we work "just another 25 minutes", [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

Walking PhD Reading List – 2016

By Michael Holland      In pursuit of my self-described Christian Businessman PhD, I started on a quest in early 2010 to read 100 books to increase my knowledge, exposure and intellect.  I achieved the goal in late 2012.  I now continue to read 30 to 40 books per year. Below are the books I read [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Man-Up Moments|Comments Off on Walking PhD Reading List – 2016

Remembering Our Original Commitments

by Michael Holland      In our fast-track worlds, we all develop a priority system that helps us to make sure we are accomplishing as much as humanly possible.  The reality is that we’re actually over-committed most of the time, which results in us stealing a bit of time from here and a bit of [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

A 30 Mile Zip-line to the Lake

by Michael Holland      I hiked Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks with some men recently on a drop-dead gorgeous day.   I'm sure we expelled a good bit of sweat to reach this mountain's bald summit, but the 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Adirondacks was certainly worth it.   To the east [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

Your Inner Circle: Catalyst or Anchor?

by Michael Holland      Your potential is determined by your inner circle: those closest to you. Basically, your success as a man builds from the strength of the immediate team that surrounds you. This team can enable you and make you stronger or hold you back.  You need strong, dedicated, forward-thinking, and positive players [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

Movie Review of Your Kids

by Michael Holland      As you eat breakfast, make mental notes on some aspect of each of your kids’ activities from the previous day or evening.   Visualize the situation and make a mental movie of the impact of the activity or behavior had on them and/or others. During your afternoon commute home, take [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Trending Well as a Man and Father

by Michael Holland     As my friend Jerry says, you can have a bad day or bad month or even a bad year,  but it’s pretty hard to have a bad 5 years.  And what is important in life is not individual days or months, but your trend line.  And the measure of your success [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

The Little Habit That Helps a Marriage

By Michael Holland   It's the little things that help a marriage keep it's momentum.  Each morning, I walk my wife to her car as she leaves for work.  It's a rather small ritual and could be seen as insignificant in the hectic world in which we all choose to live.  At times I feel [...]

By | January 23rd, 2016|Man-Up Moments|Comments Off on The Little Habit That Helps a Marriage