Ambiguity

VUCA

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Massive VUCA Ahead: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA). Lots and lots of moving parts in our economy. That we are living in an ambiguous environment is definitely an understatement. I am reminded of a recent car trip where a colleague was driving. We were going to an unfamiliar destination, so of course we were using our GPS to navigate. …

Leonardo da Vinci

In Praise of Experts

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Expert On Every Thing: There was a time, I’m told, when it was possible for one person to know just about everything about everything. Now to be sure, that so-called “knowledge” had to be incomplete and even incorrect in many cases. Nevertheless, one could be a “Renaissance Man” (a term which may refer to a Polymath, a person whose expertise …

Transformation

Complexity and Transformation

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

(This is the final post in a four-part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of our lives are being …

Decision To Do

Complexity and Decisions

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

The Complexity Part: (This is the third in a four-part series on how growing complexity is changing our lives.) And when it comes to decisions, complexity is indeed the byword. Not only do we have an overabundance of product choices but we also have an abundance of freedom in most areas of our life. For example, there are myriad choices …

Global business concept

Complexity and Forecasting

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

The Complexity Part: I find that neuroscience (trying to understand the brain/mind/body interdependence in sentient life) and quantum physics (specifically particle entanglement and uncertainty) are perhaps the most confusing, complex, and barely comprehensible subjects I study. The more I read on those topics the more I realize that reality is in the eye of the beholder. The other angle from …

Design Integrity and Function

Learning to See Complexity

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

Look and See: (This is the first of a four-part series on complexity.) A habit I’m trying to develop comes from my new hobby—digital photography. That habit is to try and “see” opportunities for an interesting picture. Along with that comes the companion habit of not only looking ahead or to the side, but to turn around and look behind …

Competent Leader

Competence

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

What Do We Expect of Our Leaders? In the “old days,” it was not unusual to expect the leader of an organization to rise through the ranks. Frequently, they had a strong competency in a business discipline—accounting, engineering, project management, sales. Yet, that strength can become a weakness if the leader falls back to the comfort zone of technical competency. …