Big Brains

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

If We’re So Smart: Lately, there have been many articles on most media platforms about how we humans are purposely manipulated by other humans. On the surface, that seems a bit crazy. After all, we are the most intelligent species on earth, right? Yet, we see suckers being born every day. The Silly Season Let’s start with the misleading and …

Ageism Is Alive And Well

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, 4-ExtPost

Stereotype: “We need fresh ideas.” “We need a Millennial to address our social media marketing.” “I don’t think Frank is up to the demands of the new software.” “If our salespeople won’t use the automation system, then we’ll get some younger folks in here who will!” I’ve heard these comments or comments very close to them on more than one …

Different Answers

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Same Questions: I love the story told about Einstein teaching his class of advanced physics students. It goes like this. He administered an examination to the students. One of his teaching assistants noticed that the exam he handed out was the same exam as the prior year. The assistant carefully approached Einstein and pointed out the mistake. After thinking for …

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 …

Knowledge, Reason, Reality

Reason

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Reality: On a recent flight, I was listening to Sam Harris interview Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro. One of the (many) topics they touched on was reason. According to my notes, the comment was made that: “Reason maps onto reality. Which is why it’s reason.” — Sam Harris That comment made me go down the age old rabbit hole of …

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 …

Leadership, Epistemic Arrogance, and Knowledge

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Epistemic Arrogance: I mentioned, in a previous post, that I liked the phrase coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NNT), “epistemic arrogance.” I will avoid trying to expand on the meaning of the words but instead will refer you to NNT’s book. Suffice it to say that many studies show that we humans are far too confident in what we believe …