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What Is a True Patriot?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 2-ExtPost, Beliefs, Opinion, Political, Values

Happy Fourth! As those who read my newsletter know, we are on vacation in Europe at the time of the publication of this blog post. And while I usually shy away from any political topics in this business blog, I think it is appropriate to pause and think about patriotism on this day. I believe that is especially appropriate when …

Manager keeping project on time.

What Do Managers Really Do?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 2-ExtPost, Business, Management, Planning

Managers: The saying I grew up with was, “Leaders make sure we are doing the right thing. Managers make sure we do it right.” In a modern corporation, the desire is to move leadership to every level of the organization (Intent Based Leadership—IBL). Therefore, managers are being asked to broaden their view to include managing unrelenting change in our internal …

Chef's Creation

A Wide Variety of Tastes

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

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 …

Business is a risk.

The Thing About Risks

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Change, Growing Edges, Leadership, Sustainability

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing just that—measuring risk and calculating …

Southwest Airlines

The Business of Business

Dave Kinnear Business, Leadership, Management

High Flyer: Herb Kelleher, the beloved longtime CEO of Southwest Airlines, said, “The business of business is people. Yesterday, today and forever.” I buy that statement. Employees, leadership teams, boards, customers, suppliers—all the stakeholders comprise people. At least for now! It is hard to see how any business organization can do well, let alone thrive if they do not learn …

Balancing Corp. Vs Gov. Needs

Misleading Analogies

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Business, Communication, Government, Leadership, Political

Comparisons Well-made analogies can be quite useful, informative and enlightening. Or, they can be ill formed and/or carried too far. Here’s a definition: a·nal·o·gy: a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification. Seems straight forward enough. I like analogies and use them often. But some common analogies I …

Bruce Kramer by Jennifer Simonson

The Trouble With Answers

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Change, Growing Edges

The trouble with answers is that they almost always close off any other possibilities. I usually have answers — especially when I’m not “on my game.” If I don’t, I work hard to derive them from the problem space. I often get frustrated if I can’t find an answer to a question. But when I’m on my game, I have the …

Traffic Engineering

What Leadership and Traffic Share

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Business, Ethical Corporation, Leadership, Opinion

In a recent Wall St. Journal podcast, the reporter was explaining how difficult it is to understand traffic flow. The engineers who study traffic patterns explain that the impatient drivers who change lanes frequently, wait to the last minute to get in or out of an exit or carpool lane and who insist on not leaving room for others cause …


Slightly More Than A Business

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Business, Leadership, Management, Shaping the Corporate Culture

There are a lot of words spoken, ink spilled and brain cycles expended on the concept of culture in a business. The topic is important because, as we all know, culture trumps procedures every time. It doesn’t matter what the Policy and Procedure manuals say, people do what is expected by and acceptable in the culture. Recently, I came across …

Big Bang Disruption

Book Review: Big Bang Disruption by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews, Business, Globalization, Leadership, Technology

In case you have somehow missed the prevalent message of the day, this book is the latest addition to all the “reasons why” our business models and leadership training must change. According to Downes and Nunes, “Thanks to dramatic changes in the core economics of innovation in general, every industry is now at risk from competitors that enter the market …