Check-In

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Vacation: How about starting the next meeting of your leadership team with a personal check-in? Take a few minutes at the start of the session for each member to report on the last trip or vacation that person made. Getting to know each other personally, not just professionally, is an excellent way to grow trust. Building trust with a group …

Groupthink

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Bad Rap We all use groupthink, whether we admit to doing so or not. I hear groupthink used as an epithet — “Avoid groupthink” or “That’s just groupthink.” I gather that the point of the warning to avoid groupthink is to make sure that I do think. And question not only my assumptions but the assumptions of others. I don’t …

Cities, Diversity, Creativity

Leadership, Creativity, Cities, Sex and Ideas

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

The leader in most organizations has many and varied tasks. If the organization is large enough to have a significant leadership team then the CEO has help in the day-to-day operations and can delegate initiatives, tasks and/or projects. In small companies, including start-ups of course, the leader/founder shoulders much, if not all, of the work. But large or small, there …

Drucker Day 2015

Good Process AND Creativity

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I had the good fortune of being able to drive up to Claremont California to attend the 2015 Drucker Day at the Drucker School of Management hosted by the Claremont Graduate University (CGU). The theme this year was The Creative Organization — Preparing and Managing Top Talent. It was a day well spent. As you might expect, given the proximity to …

Creative People

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Creative People: — that sounds redundant to me. We (people, that is) ARE creative. Can we really speak of creativity and not be speaking of people for the most part? Yet we people also wind up somehow creating environments that stifle creativity. Why? Perhaps we don’t know where creativity comes from. Certainly we haven’t figured out exactly how the brain connects things in …

Humpback 2014

Leadership and Viewfinders

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Lately, I’ve gotten back into photography. When our children were young, we took lots of pictures. Like so many others, we cycled through prints, slides, instant photography and of course, Super 8 home movies. But as the children grew up we took fewer pictures until we eventually simply stopped all together. Then along came digital photography and smart phones. We …