The Ideal Team Player

Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

In his usual engaging style, Patrick Lencioni has expanded on his previous book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to show us how to make sure we find the ideal team player for our next hire. Through a parable he shows us how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues named as humble, hungry and smart. The Plot In …

The Veil Nebula

Existentialism and Leadership

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Existentialism: Oh boy! The “real” philosophers will get me for this. What the heck is existentialism? What does it have to do with leadership? First, a confession. I didn’t realize that I am an existentialist until my copy of Philosophy Now downloaded to my Kindle app. Guess what? It fits well. Yikes! So here goes. A very sketchy definition of …

The Thinker

A Conundrum

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

Be Careful What You Ask For: This falls into the “be careful what you ask for” column. This morning I was listening to a podcast about the economics of the movement for a $15/Hr. minimum wage. The campaign has gained a bit of momentum and has the support of both Presidential candidates—to one degree or another. Conundrum: a confusing and …

Southwest Airlines

The Business of Business

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

High Flyer: Herb Kelleher, the beloved longtime CEO of Southwest Airlines, said, “The business of business is people. Yesterday, today and forever.” I buy that statement. Employees, leadership teams, boards, customers, suppliers—all the stakeholders comprise people. At least for now! It is hard to see how any business organization can do well, let alone thrive if they do not learn …

Data

Data, Hypothesis, Theory

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

The Silly Season: A great deal of the continuing education I embark on for coaching certification involves understanding how the human brain works. It’s a moving target these days. Things change as we learn more about how the methods we use can be misinterpreted, how incredibly complex the human brain is and how reality is not truly available to us. …