E2 Using the Power of Ethics and Etiquette in American Business

Book Review: E2, Using the Power of Ethics and Etiquette in American Business by Phyllis Davis

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

In her book, Ms Davis gives us a newsflash – “Good Manners are Good for Business.” But that isn’t news to me. Whether in my corporate governance work, sales manager work, or in running my own business I’ve long since discovered that upholding moral values, using good manners, and being fully transparent in my actions has paid off in the …

Leading Quietly

Book Review: Leading Quietly by Joseph Badaracco, Jr.

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I was told that leading quietly is an unorthodox guide to doing the right thing; and indeed there is much grist for the leadership mill buried in this excellent book. There are many memorable points of view, but perhaps the one that sticks most in my mind is that quiet leaders possess three very unglamorous virtues: restraint, modesty, and tenacity. …

Geeks and Geezers

Book Review: Geeks and Geezers by Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Geeks & Geezers by Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas is about how Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders. And it does an excellent job of pointing out the differences between our generations. This Harvard Business School Press publication is definitely useful in understanding the way folks in my parents’ generation (the Geezers) react to those in my …

Good to Great

Book Review: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

This book has come highly recommended by several of my colleagues. I thoroughly enjoyed Built to Last, so I was looking forward to this book as well, and I was not disappointed. Mr. Collins has another winner on his hands. A key message in this excellent management treatise is that true leaders build organizations that will last long after they …

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Book Review: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage by Donald Mitchell and Carol Coles

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Of all the books I’ve read on change management this is the most precise in its statement about how corporations need to manage the continuous innovation of their business model in order to survive and thrive in our global, competitive marketplace. Replete with real world examples of successful business model innovation, traps, and pitfalls, this clearly written book provides definitions, …

Final Accounting

Book Review: Final Accounting by Barbara Ley Toffler

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

More on the corporate ethics scandals! There is much to be learned about the slippery slope of situational ethics in this book. What is compelling is that Ms. Toffler tells all, including her own shortcomings, after her realization that she had started the slide down that slope! Ms. Toffler writes in a straightforward, no holds barred, manner that keeps one’s …

Winning in Fast Time

Book Review: Winning in Fast Time by John Warden and Leland Russell

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I had the pleasure of meeting Leland Russell and discussing his theory of change management in person. This insightful book is compelling reading for those who are interested in or engaged in change management in their own lives or their organizational lives. The authors use the first Gulf War as both a model and a metaphor in explaining their concept …

The Heart of Change

Book Review: The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

In this book Kotter explains how people change less because they are given analysis and facts about why change is needed and more because we show them a truth that influences their feelings. This concept is not adopted by all those writing on change management. Yet it is a concept that does fit with my experience. Unless the facts, figures, …