What’s Going On Upstream?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Babies in the River: I was chatting with a good friend and colleague this past week. We touched on several personal subjects and then gravitated to business topics. At one point, I was remarking about how some leaders find systems thinking to be so difficult. That triggered an oft-told story in his mind about the “River Babies.”

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Self-Serving

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Annoying the Customer: Well, okay, at least annoying THIS customer. One of my favorite vendors (there are precious few) has upgraded their browser software. The vendor shall remain nameless but frequently goes by the initials of MS. I use their operating system on my computers, and I use their office suite extensively. I avoid their cloud storage because I see it as intrusive and has been undependable…

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Sound Judgment

Common Sense is Nonsense?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Definition: According to Aubrey Daniels, common sense is “the unreflective opinions of ordinary people.  Unreflective opinions are based on unanalyzed experience.” He goes on to opine that “contrary to popular belief there isn’t too little common sense in business, there’s too much.” I believe that the meaning of common sense has changed from the original dictionary definition. Now common sense …

In Three Words

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Robert Frost: In 1954, Robert Frost told a reporter, “In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” That statement seems especially poignant right now. Many folks I speak with are struggling to understand how “life goes on” after this pandemic. First, many people are dealing with the death of loved ones, and indeed, …

Power vs Empathy

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Empathy Loses: Studies have shown that participants raised in wealth or positions of power showed fewer neurological markers for compassion. The studies demonstrated that a person arbitrarily appointed as the “boss” started taking advantage of his new role within 30-minutes. In his book, The Power Paradox, Dacher Keltner likened these effects of power to “a form of brain damage, leading …

Ubuntu

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

The Power of Connection: The Nguni Bantu term “ubuntu” is often translated as “I am because we are.” Ubuntu is a philosophy that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity. Recently, the Business Roundtable declared that they are changing their businesses’ focus from the old Milton Friedman view to one that states all stakeholders are essential, not just profits …