Intuition – Trust But Verify

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but verify.” He apparently liked this old Russian proverb (doveryai no proveryai) and used it frequently. I too like that proverb and believe we, as leaders, should act upon it in many situations including when inclined to follow our “gut feelings” or intuition. I find it helpful to have a healthy level of skepticism even when …


Leadership and Coaching

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I want to write about one of the most important aspects of leadership — developing others. By developing others, I don’t mean simply making sure everyone has the technical competency required to do their job. I’m more interested in what we as leaders do to help peers and employees develop as leaders in their own right as well as help them …

Potter Stewart

Leadership and Potter Stewart

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Many colleagues and authors are writing about the global Leadership crisis. Some of that feeling — that we have a lack of leadership — comes from highly visible lapses in ethical conduct. “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Potter Stewart, Associate Chief Justice U. S. Supreme Court. …

Is Everyone Selling? Then You’re in Trouble.

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

The Comcast saga (by now you’ve heard the story a bazillion times, right?) won’t go away. It infuriates me. When will we learn that what gets measured gets done and that we get what we pay for? It’s not rocket science, yet we seem not to learn the lessons. Comcast measured and incentivized people to retain customers and upsell. They …