Sunrise or Sunset?

Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I hear this phrase frequently during discussions and meetings. Someone will inevitably start a statement or counter someone else’s comment with the assertion “The truth is . . .” How can that statement be accurate? As leaders, should we let it stand? A more accurate statement might be, “A truth is . . .” or better yet, my favorite is “In …

The Everything Store

Book Review: The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Brad Stone has written an excellent account of the building of Amazon. It appears to be a well balanced and not all pretty accounting of both Jeff Bezos and the company he built. The image Stone built in my mind was that of a focused to a fault leader who, in many ways, treated his customers better than his employees. …

On the bridge


Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Its interesting what happens when I have some “downtime.” On our vacation, I had lots of downtime (meaning off the grid) on purpose. So many thoughts went through my head about a whole slew of unrelated topics. One, somewhat related to our vacation, occurred to me as I was lounging on the balcony waiting to depart the Port of LA. I had …


Leadership: Courage

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Courage. This leadership attribute comes up in many different ways. We talk about having those fierce conversations with peers, employees and our own superiors. We talk about having the conviction to move ahead in the face of adversity. It all adds up to courage. According to the on-line Merriam Webster Dictionary: Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, …

The Second Machine Age

Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

I found this book to be fascinating since I’ve spent my professional life in and around technology companies. Even today while most of the business leaders I work with are not directly in the technology business, all are using and are affected by technology. So I’m still into technology up to my neck. The Second Machine age discusses the trends …

Technical Competency

Leadership: Competency

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

It is our responsibility as leaders to make sure our employees have the tools and training to accomplish the tasks we set for them. Sometimes, if we have come up through the ranks, we believe that it’s faster if we just “do it.” That’s a critical mistake. We quickly become the bottleneck in the organization and we develop followers instead …