Systems Thinking and Trust

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I use the term “systems thinking” frequently and I’m quite sure it isn’t always clear what I actually mean when I use that phrase. There are various levels of “systems thinking.” On a very large scale, we are learning more and more about how interdependent life is here on earth. No change, regardless of how small, fails to affect the …

We don't want employees

We Don’t Want Employees

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Face it; many (most?) employers have employees only because they have to in order to provide a product or service. Few employers will admit this in public. They make jokes about it — “Business would be fabulous if I didn’t have to deal with employees,” — and we know that jokes are at least half true. (By the way, sometimes, they say the …

Book Review: Shift; Indigenous principles for corporate change by Glenn Geffcken

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I am “always” on the lookout for interesting models for corporate governance, ethics and/or change. So when the publisher for Geffcken’s book, Shift, briefly described the content and asked me if I’d be willing to review his book, I accepted the request. After I purchased the book, it sat for a while so that I could finish the books already …

Change is the only constant.

Change: Mutatio est de Bono

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Change is Constant:  Change is good. We cannot live without it and, as a species we certainly cannot continue to evolve and make progress without changing. Even “bad change” is good since it gives us another data point to consider for future modifications. As individuals, we change whether we like it or not. While it isn’t exactly correct that our bodies …

Stacked Stone Wall

Stone Wall Leadership

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Stone walls can be fascinating. They come in all shapes and sizes and designs. Modern walls are generally built with milled stones (consistent shapes) and mortar to keep things in place. Earlier walls often were built by taking natural field stones of infinite shapes and sizes and fitting them together the best way possible to make a stable structure. We …