Weakness vs Strength

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Coaching, Growing Edges, Leadership, Management, Mentoring

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 …

Business is a risk.

The Thing About Risks

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Change, Growing Edges, Leadership, Sustainability

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing just that—measuring risk and calculating …

Complexity and Transformation

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Change, Future, Growing Edges, Leadership, Management, Opinion, Technology

(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 changed …


Leadership and Craftsmanship

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI, Leadership, Mentoring, Organizational Development

Real World: Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our designs were always laid out …

What Got You Here

Book Review: What got you here won’t get you there by Marshall Goldsmith

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews, Growing Edges, Personal

At the 2007 Vistage International Global Conference, Mr. Goldsmith presented a keynote speech which piqued my interest in his views on how successful people become even more successful. His book did not disappoint me. Goldsmith writes in a clear and conversational tone. I had the advantage of having heard his voice and so could “hear him speaking” in my head …