Manager keeping project on time.

What Do Managers Really Do?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

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 …

Team Planning

No Plan Survives The First Contact

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Planning: I’m told that Benjamin Franklin said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Planning is critical in order to move an organization toward achievement of the vision. In the same way that a map is not the territory, a business plan is not the way the market is or will be at the time of execution. It is our …

Self-Organizing Ants

Ants, Hungry, and Leadership

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Ants They seem so cool. I have been told that as a child, I would watch ants for “hours on end.” It seems obvious to me that ants communicate, but I don’t know exactly how. Perhaps it’s chemicals and perhaps some visual signals. At any rate, ants figure out ways to organize and get things done. They are not blessed …

Myatt on Values and Vision

Grasping at Smoke.

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Vision: It’s the vision thing. You know, that BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal). That Yonder Star. Trying to put that feeling, emotion and passion into a short meaningful statement is like grasping at smoke. You can’t ever quite catch it. Yet it is critical to do so to make sure your organization knows why it exists. I believe that it …