Hi, I’m Holly.

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It took a long time for me to get to this point in my life.

It took years of highs and lows, of great moves and great missteps, to identify compassionate leadership as my calling and my truth.

But you’re here now—and that means I’m right on time.

 
 
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Most people know me as the former CEO of CPW Dentistry.

With a lot of hard work, do-it-yourself marketing, and a strong network of support, I helped Dr. Lhota grow his practice from $1 million to $8 million in 6 dental chairs.

But my real story—how I discovered my passion and my purpose—was born from a dark place, when I and our business got seriously stuck.

At 29 years old, I was unhealthy and unhappy, entangled in a relationship that drained my energy—so much that I was suffering from weekly panic attacks. Our business had plateaued—and profitability was declining. I was burned out, and spinning my wheels, without getting significant results. (Sound familiar?)

 
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I helped Dr. Lhota grow his practice from $1 million to $8 million in 6 dental chairs.

 
 
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So I went on a journey of personal development that changed my life inside and out. I soon realized: to grow our company, we needed more leaders, yet no one was ready. So I made a commitment: as I worked on myself, I would create a 6-month course in leadership development, complete with reading assignments, actionable insights, and 1-on-1 coaching sessions. Everything I was teaching myself, I would teach the rest of my team.

My leadership course started with 21 people. At the end, we promoted 9 team members to management positions—and grew our company from $1 million to $8 million dollars.

But the benefits were more than just financial. Marriages were saved. Resentment faded away. Participants gained a new, more compassionate understanding of leadership—and as a result, improved their capacity for joy.

 
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We promoted 9 team members to management positions—and grew our company from $1 million to $8 million dollars.

 

One of my students, who had lost her mother, had been paying the rent on her mother’s apartment for over a year—because she couldn’t bear the idea of saying goodbye. Through one-on-one leadership sessions, she was able to hold space for her grief, let go of the apartment, and move forward with purpose.

This is ultimately what the LeadWell network means to me. It’s the rewarding work of raising leaders who can change the world. Through compassionate leadership, we can create more compassionate organizations that will change the lives of their employees and customers, better their communities, and lead to a more enlightened world.

Let’s go the distance together. Let’s grow. Let’s lead—and do it well.

There’s an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” So let’s go the distance together. Let’s grow. Let’s lead—and do it well.

-Holly

 
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