Continuous Learning

Competitive Advantage?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Sustainable Advantage: I don’t know how we can claim we have a sustainable competitive advantage unless, that is, that we believe that advantage to be our ability to learn faster than the competition. Technology is moving much too fast for us to think that some sort of product or service is really our competitive advantage. But continuous learning, a willingness …

Doubt and Learning

Doubt and Learning

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Embrace Doubt: Often, I will start out with a new client, project or endeavor with a considerable amount of conscious doubt. What makes me think I can do this? What makes me think I will be the best coach for this person? When will they find out I’m really an impostor? Frankly I can’t think of a time when I …

People First

People Always

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Mission First: But people always. Here’s my takeaway from the mantra: “Mission first, people ALWAYS.” It is true that we are always dealing with people. Ourselves, our leadership team, our employees, our customers and our vendors — all are people. At least for now! I’ve long said that we need to put our employees first. I know from experience that …

Leonardo da Vinci

In Praise of Experts

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

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 …

Musashi

Weakness vs Strength

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

What’s Your Focus? In my profession (Executive Coaching), there is a lot of discussion around whether one should focus on strengths or on weaknesses. I have tossed this topic around myself and concluded that we should be aware of any weakness, but focus on our strengths. However, a recent podcast brought me up short and caused me to re-think this …

Charles and Sally Kinnear

Pride

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Pride: Every now and then, my parents (image to the right, both deceased) would let me know that I was getting “too big for my britches.” My father seemed to be particularly tuned in to those who were prideful—especially if they treated others with disdain. Having pride in your work and accomplishments was acceptable, even encouraged. But being prideful about …