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 …

Of Raindrops and Mirrors

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Bad Decision: I have made plenty of bad decisions in my life. The worst ones are the ones where I know what I’m doing or about to do is foolish, but I do it anyway. It almost always turns out bad. The most recent one involves raindrops, an obscured mirror, my car’s rear bumper, and outside stairs. I’m over it …

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 …

Searching Online

Browser Wars

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Background: It has been my practice to use multiple browsers on my PC. I have one, MS Edge, set up to be my “daily driver.” When I launch it, it automatically opens what I need for work—G-mail, Calendar, Contacts, LinkedIn, Twitter, my E-mail account at CSUF, and a Blank page in case I want to go elsewhere quickly. I set …

Crazy people have stature in innovation.

Crazy People

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, 4-ExtPost

Stature: A good friend and colleague asked me if I would be willing to guest lecture at his local university fully employed MBA class. The topic of the talk was to be leadership. I agreed, and we set the date. I signed into the virtual meeting early to make sure we had the technology issues under control. While we were …

Listen, Learn, then Lead

Bitch Session

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

The Purge: During the last decade of my corporate experience, I worked on several complex projects. Our company went through two successive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software installations about five years apart. It took a while to learn that it was necessary and useful to allow the project team and the users to have a “bitch session.” As long as …

Interruptions

A Thousand Noes

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Focused: I am finding it more challenging to stay focused these days. There are numerous interruptions from multiple devices—PC, Laptop, Phone, and text messages on several of those devices. In trying to stay focused on this blog post, for example, I am contending with text messages from my auto repair technician, my wife out shopping, and notices of arriving e-mails …

Dental Paperwork

Dental Paperwork

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Surprise: It was time. The pandemic shutdown notwithstanding, I had to get to the dentist for a cleaning that I had been putting off far too long. So, I called for an appointment. I have been going to this dental office for many years. I was quite happy with the hygienist and the conservative way the dentist handled my teeth. …