7 Questions with Hollye Hills

Name: Hollye Hills

Current title: Chief Executive Officer

Current organisation: PLEIADES CONSULTING GROUP LLC.

Hollye L. Hills is Board Chairperson, and (CEO) Chief Executive Officer of Pleiades Consulting Group, LLC. Additionally, Hollye’s background also includes being a Military & Government Contract Procurement consultant and a Board Member and (CXO) Chief Experience Officer of Collaboration of Integrated Healthcare (CIH). She has been in the healthcare field for 28 years. Most notably 22 years in the Senior Living industry as a Consultant, Business Analyst & Change Management Strategist for Owners/Operators & Third-Party Management companies; such as Holiday Retirement aka Harvest Management, Hawthorn Retirement, Eclipse Senior Living & Resort Lifestyle among others. ​She has an additional role as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions – Military & Federal Government Contracting of an advertising and government contracts startup company.

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?

In today's society dealing with the impact, COVID19 has had on businesses, it really boils down to communication. Many operators are so inundated with messages coming in from all their social media channels, email campaigns, etc., it creates a sense of paralyzation because many feel overwhelmed by information overload.

2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?

After spending a great many years with some of the finest organizations in the senior living industry and in the government procurement arena. The need for specific industry consultants to aid in business advancement seemed like a natural progression. This is why we started the Pleiades Consulting Group, LLC. We have assimilated the finest professional talents in business consulting to aid in helping small to medium-sized businesses learn to enhance their own capabilities.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Most of my colleagues are aware that I am 100% committed to doing the best job possible and providing the necessary resources for their success. This requires a deep commitment to ensure from the time I wake up to the time I retire for the evening, all necessary and prioritized items have been addressed for the day. Ensuring they have been provided the necessary resources to achieve their own responsibilities.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Leadership is a privilege, not a right! Conveying a true sense of collaboration with your team is essential. The old rules no longer apply, because there are thousands of other organizations your team could be providing their talents in order for your competitors' success. Appreciate your team, remember it's not all about you! It really is about them.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Dr. Travis Bradberry
An in-depth look at how emotional intelligence is essential to your ability to lead effectively.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?

Internal systems audit and implementation for those lacking the outlined structure critical to their success.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?

I would say my experience has afforded me great many rewards. Most notable is the ability to collaborate with some of the finest minds in their respective industries. Valuing meaningful partnerships in a way that leads to positive momentum for both parties is impactful. There is strength in numbers and together we can achieve excellence and prosperity by working together for the common goal.