Book Review: The Influential Author

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Revealed Complexity: Long ago I learned that the more I studied a topic, the more complexity I uncovered and the more I discovered what I didn’t know about that topic. Gregory Diehl’s seminal book, The Influential Author: How and Why to Write, Publish, and Sell Nonfiction Books that Matter, taught me just how much I didn’t understand about writing and …

Marketing and Sales

Book Review: 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 2-ExtPost, Book Reviews, Leadership, Marketing, Sales

Persuaded: I will admit that I picked this book up with grave misgivings. I was asked by the author’s assistant to review the book but declined to do so. Coincidentally, a week later, one of my clients was looking for a way to get his leadership team on the same page when it came to marketing and sales. So, I …

Book Review: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 2-ExtPost, Book Reviews, Data

Following Lewis:  There are a couple of authors who I like to “follow.” By that I mean, I usually get any new book they publish. Michael Lewis is one of those authors. It all started with Moneyball, even though I’m a dyed-in-the-wool NON sports fan. And so The Undoing Project was a must on my reading list. As is almost …

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews, Employment, Future

Harari hits another home run. I love the subtitle of this book, A Brief History of Tomorrow. And Harari builds a solid case for his views of how the world of technology might blend with or destroy Homo Sapiens. His book is broken into three parts and takes us through human history (much more detail in Harari’s book Sapiens: A brief …

The Ideal Team Player

Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews, Business, Employment, Leadership, Shaping the Corporate Culture, Values

In his usual engaging style, Patrick Lencioni has expanded on his previous book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to show us how to make sure we find the ideal team player for our next hire. Through a parable he shows us how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues named as humble, hungry and smart. The Plot In …

Iditarod Leadership

Book Review: Iditarod Leadership by Chris Fuller

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews, Leadership, Management

Chris Fuller has written a “lessons learned” leadership book based on his Alaskan adventure training as a dog sled musher. The structure of Iditarod Leadership is both interesting and quite useful for review. Fuller speaks of “taking notes in a small notebook” while learning the ins and outs of mushing. Those “notes” appear at the end of chapters summarizing the lessons learned. …

Todd Ordal

Book Review: Never Kick a Cow Chip on a Hot Day

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews, Leadership, Management

There are occasions when I receive requests to review books. As long as they are about leadership or organizational or personal development, I try to make time to do the reviews. Unless it’s a pre-published book, I decline the offer to have a copy sent to me and instead, purchase my own copy. I do actually read the books (I’m …

Everybody Matters

Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews, Business, Change, Ethical Corporation, Governance, Leadership, Management, Shaping the Corporate Culture, Sustainability

I am grateful that I had Chapman’s book “on the shelf” (in the electronic reader) to read. I had just finished Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS, and was pretty down based on what I had read. What a delight and contrast, to pick up Chapman’s and Sisodia’s book. It has renewed my faith in human nature. In this well written …

Leadership BS

Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews, Business, Networking, Opinion

Contrary to Pfeffer‘s advice, I want to be fully transparent: presently I am a Leadership Coach who is actively engaged in working with business leaders from startup companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. In addition, during my career in industry, I have had the good fortune to be a leader and to work with business leaders. Therefore, I have developed my …

The Internet Is Not The Answer

Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews, Technology

Andrew Keen is not keen on the internet and where it’s taking us. Keen has taken on the conventional wisdom that the internet is a democratizing force lending power to the little guy and disrupting the old school “bad guys.” A strongly opinionated polemic–the passion of the converted believer is palpable in his writing. I come at this book with …