Pivot

Pivot

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Business Jargon: For several years now, the business community has been using the term “pivot.” It is certainly not the first, nor do I believe it will be the last term that the business community appropriates from other disciplines. For me, the word pivot conjures up mental images of levers and gears moving around a pin or bearing. Secondary images …

The New Normal

“Newmal”

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Mindset: I like that new word—“Newmal.” We know that the significant disruption of our economy means that there is no going back to normal. The new pastime is trying to predict what the new economy will be. What businesses will survive? Which will thrive? What new opportunities will there be? Business leaders have always attempted to predict what was changing …

Scrutinized

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Values: As leaders, our employees, customers, and other stakeholders have always watched us. What they are looking for is how we act. Our actions are what reveal our values. “We are social beings, neither economic man, nor altruistic saints. We crave esteem and belonging, and these underpin our moral values.” — Collier, Paul. The Future of Capitalism (p. 50). Harper. …

Going Wrong All at Once

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Pandemic Panic: When things seem to be falling apart, and I am lamenting my bad luck or unfortunate circumstances, I often remember this passage from Anne Lamott’s book, Traveling Mercies. Lamott had started “whining” to a seatmate on the train. She found out later that he worked for the Dalai Lama. He had this remark. “And he said—gently—that they believe …

Bleach Not Beach

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Confined Like many of you, I am negotiating a new home environment. My wife is working from home now. I’ve worked out of my home since 2002, but still, I had the freedom to up and leave whenever I wanted to go to meetings or run errands. But now, we have to coordinate when we run errands to minimize contact …

The Story Counts

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

History: I’m not big on history, usually. However, for reasons I do not now remember, I found myself reading two books about the history around the founding of our country, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. I started reading before all the present political drama. And I’m glad that happened since it gave me a way to put context …

Moving Up the Food Chain!

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, 4-ExtPost

Equal Opportunity Destroyer: Rani Molla, a Visual Journalist at The Wall Street Journal, recently published an article in Vox that caught my eye. In that article, she made the statement that “‘Knowledge workers’ could be the most impacted by future automation.” Conventional wisdom has been suggesting that only the “blue-collar workers” were going to be affected in any significant way …

Opportunity in Complexity

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Lack of Clarity: There are several posts on this blog that relate some thoughts I have about complexity and how our businesses are affected by the external forces in a global market. What I’m thinking about this time, however, is the opportunity we can find in that complexity. Starting close to home, we are finding our workforce is multigenerational and …

Curiosity Disruption

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

The Curiosity Trap: As mentioned several times on this blog, curiosity is a common trait of successful leaders. Many leadership coaches consider curiosity to be a requisite leadership strength. Also, on the blog, I have mentioned that one’s strength is also a weakness. How do these two precepts jibe? When is curiosity a weakness? Disruption The employees of highly curious …

Ageism Is Alive And Well

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, 4-ExtPost

Stereotype: “We need fresh ideas.” “We need a Millennial to address our social media marketing.” “I don’t think Frank is up to the demands of the new software.” “If our salespeople won’t use the automation system, then we’ll get some younger folks in here who will!” I’ve heard these comments or comments very close to them on more than one …