The Universe is Indifferent

The Universe is Indifferent

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Paranoid: Here’s my belief: The Universe is Indifferent. By that I mean it doesn’t care whether I—or my family, or my community, or my country, or even the earth itself—survive or not. It isn’t out to kill me either. It’s just indifferent. So, I’m not paranoid about this. I see cosmic indifference as the way things are. Frankly, I prefer …

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 …

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 …

Serendipity

Serendipity

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Looking Back I have no choice but to acknowledge the enormous part that serendipity has played in my life. My guess is, if you do some contemplation, you will find that it has played a significant role in your life too. For my own story, I am amazed at the many things that seem to fall in place to make …

Craftsmanship

Leadership and Craftsmanship

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 3-LI

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

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 …