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 …

Millennials want experiences.


Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Worth at Work: I hear a lot of discussion among the Generation X and Baby Boomer business leaders about how to handle those “pesky” Millennials. I’m not quite sure why this is such a mystery to people. “Is my work worthy of my sense of purpose, or is it really just a means to an end, a step on my personal …

Complexity in Business

Leadership Imperative

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Rear-view Mirror: The past does not help predict the future. Why? It’s simple. Nothing is really quite the same as it was in the past. And, we like to lament, our world is getting ever more complex at an accelerating pace. We, the curious, hairless apes, seem bent on accelerating that complexity even faster. We cannot help ourselves—we must unravel …

Always moving forward.

Leading Forward

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I’ve heard it said that if you aren’t moving your organization forward, you’re dying. There is no such thing as standing still. Can’t Go Backward The reason that you can’t go backward is simple. You are not the same person. Your organization is not the same organization. The marketplace has moved on. Your customers have also changed and moved on. …

Good Judgement

Good Judgment

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

What is “Judgment?” According to my dictionary, judgment is “the ability to make considered decisions or come to a sensible conclusion.” Of course, there is the other use, being “judgmental,”—meaning that we are holding others to our standards and finding them wanting in some way. When speaking of leadership, I am referring to the first definition. So “good judgment” then …


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 started 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. He built the circuit-boards we designed in a neat, logical, and efficient manner. …


Intuition – Trust But Verify

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but verify.” He apparently liked this old Russian proverb (doveryai no proveryai) and used it frequently. I too like that proverb and believe we, as leaders, should act upon it in many situations including when inclined to follow our “gut feelings” or intuition. I find it helpful to have a healthy level of skepticism even when …


Leadership and Coaching

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I want to write about one of the most important aspects of leadership — developing others. By developing others, I don’t mean simply making sure everyone has the technical competency required to do their job. I’m more interested in what we as leaders do to help peers and employees develop as leaders in their own right as well as help them …


Systems Thinking and Trust

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I use the term “systems thinking” frequently and I’m quite sure it isn’t always clear what I actually mean when I use that phrase. There are various levels of “systems thinking.” On a very large scale, we are learning more and more about how interdependent life is here on earth. No change, regardless of how small, fails to affect the …


Leadership and Dance

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

My wife will tell you that I can’t dance. Not really dance. No danger of you seeing me on Dancing With the Stars or any other such foolishness. And she’s right. I get out there and shuffle around. My feet keep time with the music and move in a predictable pattern, but there’s no real fluidity to my upper body. …