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Respect

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Bumper Sticker Today I read that Thomas Friedman is making a recommendation for a political bumper sticker. Friedman admits that he got the idea from someone else, namely, Hal Harvey. Harvey wasn’t thinking about his statement as a bumper sticker; it was the closing on an email from Harvey to Friedman. When he read that closing statement at the end …

The Farmer's Horse Ran Away

We Must Wait and See.

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Good News and Bad News: Recently, I again heard the oft-told story about the Chinese farmer who suffered several setbacks. Each time an adverse event happened, the neighbors complained about how bad the situation was. Each time, the farmer said, “Perhaps. We must wait and see.” I know the story as “The Farmer’s Horse Ran Away.” The link will take …

Pivot

Pivot

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Business Jargon: For several years now, the business community has been using the term “pivot.” It is certainly not the first, nor do I believe it will be the last term that the business community appropriates from other disciplines. For me, the word pivot conjures up mental images of levers and gears moving around a pin or bearing. Secondary images …

The New Normal

“Newmal”

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Mindset: I like that new word—“Newmal.” We know that the significant disruption of our economy means that there is no going back to normal. The new pastime is trying to predict what the new economy will be. What businesses will survive? Which will thrive? What new opportunities will there be? Business leaders have always attempted to predict what was changing …

Scrutinized

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Values: As leaders, our employees, customers, and other stakeholders have always watched us. What they are looking for is how we act. Our actions are what reveal our values. “We are social beings, neither economic man, nor altruistic saints. We crave esteem and belonging, and these underpin our moral values.” — Collier, Paul. The Future of Capitalism (p. 50). Harper. …

A Major Shift

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

The “D” Word: Reluctantly, cautiously, Ray Dalio admitted that he believed that, among other things, personal distancing and shutting down non-essential businesses had put the U.S. economy into a depression. He thinks it will be years before we reach the pre-pandemic economic levels. Further, he predicts that unless we fundamentally adjust our capitalistic system, we will lose it in some …

Going Wrong All at Once

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Pandemic Panic: When things seem to be falling apart, and I am lamenting my bad luck or unfortunate circumstances, I often remember this passage from Anne Lamott’s book, Traveling Mercies. Lamott had started “whining” to a seatmate on the train. She found out later that he worked for the Dalai Lama. He had this remark. “And he said—gently—that they believe …

Bleach Not Beach

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Confined Like many of you, I am negotiating a new home environment. My wife is working from home now. I’ve worked out of my home since 2002, but still, I had the freedom to up and leave whenever I wanted to go to meetings or run errands. But now, we have to coordinate when we run errands to minimize contact …

The Story Counts

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

History: I’m not big on history, usually. However, for reasons I do not now remember, I found myself reading two books about the history around the founding of our country, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. I started reading before all the present political drama. And I’m glad that happened since it gave me a way to put context …

Consensus = Mediocrity

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Surprised: Often, when I’m asked, I might suggest that a decision made by the team was a “reasonable compromise.” I made a similar statement recently but found myself modifying it to be “unfortunately, we reached a compromise.” I was surprised by what I said. It just slipped out that way. The person asking the question nodded her head and moved …