Shorts, Axles, Rodes, and Ho!

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Mixed Metaphor? The other day, I was getting a bit excited about a situation that was frustrating to me. A friend said, “Don’t get your shorts wrapped around the axle over this.” I have heard the phrase “getting wrapped around the axle’ many times before. In context, it meant getting frustrated to the point of being stopped. Moreover, I had …

Meeting of the minds.

Language is Never Quite Right

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Words: What do you hear when I speak? I’m trying to paint a word picture of what I see in my mind so that you see “the same picture” in your mind. I share those words with you. We speak the same language. Let’s agree that the language, whatever it is, is native to both of us. But I have …

A standard doorknob.

Dumb as a Doorknob

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Not so fast! I’ve heard that saying almost all my life. So-and-so “is as dumb as a doorknob.” But, did you ever stop to think about doorknobs? They aren’t so dumb really. They are sometimes wrong, but they do convey a message. Take this rather standard doorknob, pictured above, on our front door. When I am inside our home and …

Optical Filters and Lens

Filters

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Optical Filters The optical filters with which I am most familiar are those that photographers use to enhance their images and videos. These particular filters screw into or clip onto the camera lens. I’m not going to bore you with examples of how the filters are used. Suffice it to say that filters modify the images recorded. Sometimes they are …

Living stated values

Preach and Practice

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Quotation Well, I’ve heard it stated many different ways. What I grew up with was the quote, “Practice what you preach.” Then, I’ve been given to believe that Charles Murray states it as, “Do not preach what you do not practice.” The same message though. Leaders must be authentic, do as they request others to do, and live their values. …

Applecyber

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

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, Epistemic Arrogance, and Knowledge

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Epistemic Arrogance: I mentioned, in a previous post, that I liked the phrase coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NNT), “epistemic arrogance.” I will avoid trying to expand on the meaning of the words but instead will refer you to NNT’s book. Suffice it to say that many studies show that we humans are far too confident in what we believe …

Clear Communications

Frank Conversations

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Post Mortem What went right on that last project? What went wrong? Did we live up to our Vision and Values? Given that we were successful, what can we do to improve? Given that we missed the mark, what can we do not to miss the goal next time? And what about our “everyday” business processes? Where can we improve …

Thank You

Thanks

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Managing Culture We know we want to build a culture where our employees feel safe (personally), have autonomy, gain mastery, and have pretty much the same values as their colleagues and leadership. A lot goes into building and actively managing such a culture. One simple thing is — thanks. The open and frequent public acknowledgment of a well-made decision upholds …