RearAdmiral-Cynthia M. Thebaud

Commander’s Intent

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Clarity Military leaders know that battle plans do not survive the first shot. In other words, the enemy has a vote in your best-made plans. Reality has a way of modifying our relatively petty human plans! With that in mind, military leaders make sure that there is crystal-sharp clarity on the commanders’ intent for the mission. When it becomes obvious …

Chef's Creation

A Wide Variety of Tastes

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

The Chef’s Creation Variety is frequently a positive goal to achieve when doing things such as organizing your life, building an organization, creating a mastermind group, or developing a high functioning team. However, sometimes, we can miss the mark. We can overdo things. I started thinking about this when my wife made a comment while we were out to dinner …

Design Integrity and Function

Learning to See Complexity

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Look and See: (This is the first of a four-part series on complexity.) A habit I’m trying to develop comes from my new hobby—digital photography. That habit is to try and “see” opportunities for an interesting picture. Along with that comes the companion habit of not only looking ahead or to the side, but to turn around and look behind …

Position Leadership

Position Leadership

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Maxwell: Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book, he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this post, I discuss the first of the five and we will explore each over the next several posts. First Level …

Wells Fargo Scandal

Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Leadership Owns This Scandal And just where was (is) the leadership at Wells Fargo in this ethical failure? What kind of culture would lead an employee even to consider falsifying emails, establishing unauthorized accounts, issuing unauthorized credit/debit cards, collecting fraudulent fees, and impacting customers’ credit scores? How can customers ever trust Wells Fargo again? Full disclosure: I am a Wells …

The Devil Is In The Details

The Devil is in the Details

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Yep, the devil is in the details, which means what, exactly? What are your intentions when you speak those words out loud or mumble them to yourself? If you’re reminding yourself that you haven’t thought this project through enough to understand what’s involved, then OK. And, if you sound a cautionary note for me, as a would-be change agent, also …

Elephants

“Satiable Curtiosity” (sic)

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Rudyard Kipling: “IN the High and Far-Off Times, the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn’t pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant—a new Elephant—an Elephant’s Child—who was full of ‘satiable curtiosity (sic), …