2016

Accountable People Achieve Results

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

We take responsibility, but we are held accountable. And good leaders hold themselves, not just others, accountable. The year is just about over — okay, many folks are on vacation at this point so for all practical purposes, the year is over — and so this is a good time to look back and hold ourselves accountable. Accountable people achieve results others …

On the right track.

Risk – Putting Your Head on the Block

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

We have lots of sayings about this topic, such as: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” And “Fail forward faster.” Or “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” One of my favorites is “A ship may be safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” How about, “If you dare nothing, then when …

On the Bleeding Edge

Life on the Bleeding Edge of Technology

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

<geek alert> I have “always” enjoyed the challenges of technology. Well, at least since the time I was twelve or so and “went to work” at my father’s boiler construction company during summer breaks. Work is a generous word to use. And technology was decidedly “low” tech. Pipe wrenches, pneumatic drills, heavy electric machines for threading pipe, acetylene torches and …

The Black Box

The Black Box

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms and had to derive the …

Everybody Matters

Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I am grateful that I had Chapman’s book “on the shelf” (in the electronic reader) to read. I had just finished Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS, and was pretty down based on what I had read. What a delight and contrast, to pick up Chapman’s and Sisodia’s book. It has renewed my faith in human nature. In this well written …

Leadership BS

Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Contrary to Pfeffer‘s advice, I want to be fully transparent: presently I am a Leadership Coach who is actively engaged in working with business leaders from startup companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. In addition, during my career in industry, I have had the good fortune to be a leader and to work with business leaders. Therefore, I have developed my …