The Anxious Organization

Book Review: The Anxious Organization by Jeffrey Miller

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

This book was recommended by a colleague, CEO of a manufacturing company, with whom I do some exponential thinking from time to time. I can see why he enjoyed reading this straightforward look at internal corporate politics. Miller builds a new model for understanding what is sometimes a very perplexing problem – decoding why people respond the way they do …


Book Review: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

This book is simply astounding. Some of the conventional wisdom and old standby principles to live by are either totally shattered or are at least called into question by this very challenging book. Once I started reading Freakonomics, I found it difficult to put down. Not only is it written in a casual style that keeps you easily moving from …

The Third Opinion

Book Review: The Third Opinion

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Peter Senge said it best: “Today there are two types of leaders in business: those who don’t know everything they need to and those who don’t recognize it . . . The Third Opinion is for everyone who knows that they need help making critical decisions and for those whose friends may need to bring it to their attention.” Dr. …

It's All About the Client

Book Review: It’s All About the Client by Douglas B. Reeves

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I’m always interested in learning more about my profession. Every day I find that I am both adding value at my clients and at the same time being humbled by how much I still have to learn about governance, ethics process, organizational development, and managing organizational change. On rare occasions I have learned something valuable and practical from books, but …

Let's Get Real

Book Review: Let’s Get Real by Mahan Khalsa

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

This book is a definite must for those who are selling the intangibles of services to clients. Khalsa is blunt and too the point. For example: “There is no guessing.” He makes it very clear that we must drill down with our questions to find out exactly what the client/customer needs by way of solutions. By using the acronym “ORDER,” …

Influence Without Authority

Book Review: Influence Without Authority by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I’m honored to have received a couple of books for review from Wiley publishing. Influence without Authority by Allan Cohen and David Bradford (second edition) is a classic. Between the covers of this book are not only ideas about the art of getting work done through people, but a host of useful case studies and resources. One of my first …

The Nordstrom Way

Book Review: The Nordstrom Way by Robert Spector and Patrick McCarthy

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

This was a delightful read with excellent, engaging stories to illustrate the absolutely superior customer service that we all miss in our day-to-day lives – unless we shop at Nordstrom. This book is laid out with “Keys to Success” at the end of each chapter as well as one or more “Exercises” for you to implement in your own company. …

The 8th Habit

Book Review: The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

(Updated 10/15/2013) According to Keven Rollins, “Getting results in large companies is a scarce skill, and this book captures how to do it. The guidance provided here will prove invaluable for leaders who are trying to drive tighter execution in their organizations.” My reading confirms Rollins’s statement, even though in the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the …

Now Discover Your Strength

Book Review: Now Discover Your Strength by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I have taken many of the numerous “quadrant personality tests” that evaluate your responses to the various questions and then tells you your personality type. So I didn’t hold out much hope of learning much that was new when I picked up this volume. However, I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of things. First, there is a password assigned …