Statements and Facts

Statements and Facts

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

There Should Be No Gap: During a recent discussion on our economy, a friend said to me, “In fact, we are not manufacturing much in the U.S.” He wasn’t referring to the pandemic slowdown or the 2009 recession. He was trying to make the case that the U.S. has shipped manufacturing offshore, and we don’t make many products here now. …

Respect science, nature, and each other

Respect

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Bumper Sticker Today I read that Thomas Friedman is making a recommendation for a political bumper sticker. Friedman admits that he got the idea from someone else, namely, Hal Harvey. Harvey wasn’t thinking about his statement as a bumper sticker; it was the closing on an email from Harvey to Friedman. When he read that closing statement at the end …

The Farmer's Horse Ran Away

We Must Wait and See.

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Good News and Bad News: Recently, I again heard the oft-told story about the Chinese farmer who suffered several setbacks. Each time an adverse event happened, the neighbors complained about how bad the situation was. Each time, the farmer said, “Perhaps. We must wait and see.” I know the story as “The Farmer’s Horse Ran Away.” The link will take …

Pivot

Pivot

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Business Jargon: For several years now, the business community has been using the term “pivot.” It is certainly not the first, nor do I believe it will be the last term that the business community appropriates from other disciplines. For me, the word pivot conjures up mental images of levers and gears moving around a pin or bearing. Secondary images …

The New Normal

“Newmal”

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Mindset: I like that new word—“Newmal.” We know that the significant disruption of our economy means that there is no going back to normal. The new pastime is trying to predict what the new economy will be. What businesses will survive? Which will thrive? What new opportunities will there be? Business leaders have always attempted to predict what was changing …

Scrutinized

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Values: As leaders, our employees, customers, and other stakeholders have always watched us. What they are looking for is how we act. Our actions are what reveal our values. “We are social beings, neither economic man, nor altruistic saints. We crave esteem and belonging, and these underpin our moral values.” — Collier, Paul. The Future of Capitalism (p. 50). Harper. …