The Ideal Team Player

Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

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 …

Everybody Matters

Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

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 book, …

The Internet Is Not The Answer

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

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

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 …

YuKong Zhao

Book Review: The Chinese Secrets for Success by YuKong Zhao

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

In this interesting book, YuKong Zhao shares “Five Inspiring Confucian Values” which he states are the secrets for China’s success. And in the spirit of full disclosure, I will share that during the decade of the 90’s I spend a great deal of time studying Taoism and a bit of Confucianism. When it comes to my life philosophy, Taoism resonates …

Failure by Robby Slaughter

Book Review: Failure; The Secret to Success by Robby Slaughter

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

The topic of failing as a path to success is not new. It is almost cliche these days that we “need to fail forward faster.” And Robby Slaughter has done a fine job of building a compendium of both famous and not so well known examples of how failure and persistence has led to success in the end. He rightfully …

Quiet

Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Over the years I have figured out that from time-to-time I “get too busy.” It’s obvious when I reach that point because I get cranky, start inadvertently missing meetings that are in my calendar and generally have very low energy. I then go through a process of what I’ve been calling “reset to zero.” By this I mean that I …