IBL and Common Law Organizations

There Are Two Kinds of Companies

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Leadership, Sustainability

MBA vs Relationship Business For a long time I’ve been talking about there being only two kinds of companies. I started out calling them Number Businesses and Family Businesses. That got some blank stares and a few folks were a bit offended when I referred to their companies as a “Family Business.” They insisted that “No, we run a tight ship here.” …

It Matters What We Believe - Sophia Lyon Fahs

It Matters What YOU Believe

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Beliefs, Growing Edges, Leadership, Management, Opinion, Values

I have the privilege of working with a couple of business incubators and several start up company founders. The founders are sometimes surprised when I suggest that they must pay attention to leadership now, not later. They are even more surprised and usually totally unprepared to talk about their own fundamental organizing principles. It “all” starts with fundamental organizing principles (FOPs). Those …

Binary Joke

There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, 3-LI, Change, Leadership, Technology

It has been said that “There are only 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who do not.” For the non mathematically inclined reading this blog, an explanation may be helpful. This joke mocks phrases that begin with “there are two types of people in the world…” and relies on an ambiguous meaning of the …


Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Accountability, Communication, Growing Edges, Leadership

Security Grab: Previously, I posted my thoughts on Tim Cook and how he is handling the FBI security grab controversy. I refrained from stating how I felt about the issue to stay focused on Mr. Cook’s leadership. In this post, however, I will wade in on the technology, privacy, and security issue. First, let me make it clear that I …

Leadership and Tim Cook

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Accountability, Leadership, Management, Technology

Firestorm: As I write this post, Tim Cook is in the middle of a firestorm. Well, at least, many of the folks I hang around think it’s a firestorm. Of course, I’m speaking about the issue of pushing back on the US Government over breaking into an iPhone. Based on my recent reading (Data and Goliath), I am quite skeptical …

Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Ethical Corporation, Leadership, Management, Sustainability

The issue of trust in organizations came up several times during the last two months (of last year). I am working with a couple of new executives and so we had not been through the conversation at that point. And I was reminded of this again when I saw a list of the “Six T’s” by Johnathan Lansner. They are, …

The Black Box

The Black Box

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Ethical Corporation, Leadership, Management, Organizational Development, Sustainability

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms and had to derive the …


Leadership and Craftsmanship

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Leadership, Mentoring, Organizational Development

Real World: Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our designs were always laid out …

And Progress Stops

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Business, Change, Leadership, Management

Progress Thomas Watson, Jr. once observed that, “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” That rings true to me. I think that’s why vision statements are so important. Visions are larger than missions and while the mission may be “achieved,” the vision is usually pretty far out there, an end to be always working …