She Swallowed a Fly

Dave Kinnear1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost, Blog

When our children were young (it seems like yesterday!), we would often sing nursery rhymes while traveling in the car. One of them was, “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.” I won’t go through all the verses (if you’re interested, you can watch it on YouTube here:, suffice it to say that this mythical old lady somehow swallowed a fly, “I don’t know why she swallowed a fly—Perhaps she’ll die.” And then, to solve the fly problem, she, in turn, swallowed a spider, bird, cat, dog, cow, and finally, a horse. She died, of course.

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Living stated values

Preach and Practice

Dave Kinnear1-On Leadership

Quotation Well, I’ve heard it stated many different ways. What I grew up with was the quote, “Practice what you preach.” Then, I’ve been given to believe that Charles Murray states it as, “Do not preach what you do not practice.” The same message though. Leaders must be authentic, do as they request others to do, and live their values. …

Building Character Through Adversity

Leadership Balance — External vs Internal

Dave Kinnear1-On Leadership

Character Building leadership character requires understanding the external, professional environment, and your firmly held internal, moral values. According to UCLA surveys, in 1966, 80% of first-year college students stated that they were strongly motivated to develop a meaningful life philosophy. Today, less than half of them say that. In 1966 42% of first-year college students stated that they thought becoming …