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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. …

Setting a Clear, Compelling Vision

The Vision Thing

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Inspiration: The voters believed that President George H.W. Bush had the experience, judgment, integrity, and a steady hand for his office. He knew “how” to get things done. However, he struggled with, in his words, “the vision thing.” Every leader knows that to inspire people to follow them, they need a compelling vision. Simon Sinek called it the “why.” Nietzsche …

Transformation

Culture—Environment—Behavior

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

The CEO’s Job: Leadership guru, David Marquet, notes that the only effective way to change human behavior is to change the environment. The environment is how things get done, the decisions that get made, and how we treat people. That is the culture—and we create a culture based on shared values. I believe that the CEO has one primary task: …

Ocean View Horizon

Taking the Long View

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Ocean View: Many years ago, we lived in a condominium high on a hill. It was a two-level condominium with two balconies. One was off of the dining room upstairs and one off the master bedroom downstairs. They had almost a one-hundred-eighty degree view of the ocean. It was beautiful many days out of the year but fogged in on …

A New Rabbit Hole Looms

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Time Management: Even though I have been in the technology business for more than five decades, I have never been a “gamer.” I chose other things to do to fill my time. There was my career, of course, and I so enjoy the work I do that it’s hard to take time out to do non “work” related things. When …

Perversion

Perversion

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Blog Comments: Back in 2002, as I was first going out on my own, one of the first things I did was build a website. It wasn’t terrific, according to today’s websites. It was mine, though, and it carried the messages I intended. It also allowed me to do some writing in the form of Blog Posts. I set things …