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 …

Listen, Learn, then Lead

Bitch Session

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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

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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 …