Gangs of America

Book Review: Gangs of America by Ted Nace

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I found this to be a fascinating book, well researched and documented. Mr. Nace traces the history of the American Corporations from the earliest years of our union. It would be easy to draw the conclusion that Mr. Nace is anti-business, but that is not how I read his position. Instead, what he is suggesting is that we have created …

Visionary Sales Leadership

Book Review: Visionary Sales Leadership by Don McNamara

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

A colleague afforded me the honor of reviewing his new book prior to publication. Don McNamara and I have gotten to known each other over the past four years through several professional organizations – The Association of Professional Consultants, the Institute of Management Consultants, The Professional Speakers Association, and our own Mastermind Group. My own background includes extensive periods of …

Fierce Conversations

Book Review: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

I learned of this book from a training session at Vistage International, Inc.(formerly TEC International). Ms. Susan Scott starts her book with a definition of fierce: robust, intense, strong, powerful, passionate, eager, unbridled. From there, she guides the reader through a workshop of developing a taste for Fierce Conversations. Also right up front are the seven principles of Fierce Conversation, …

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 …