Manager keeping project on time.

What Do Managers Really Do?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, 4-ExtPost

Managers: The saying I grew up with was, “Leaders make sure we are doing the right thing. Managers make sure we do it right.” In a modern corporation, the desire is to move leadership to every level of the organization (Intent Based Leadership—IBL). Therefore, managers are being asked to broaden their view to include managing unrelenting change in our internal …

Premortem

Premortem

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Chrystal Ball Many of us have heard about doing a postmortem on projects, initiatives, and business plans. After implementation, we are interested in determining what went right and what went sideways. Perhaps fewer of us have heard about a premortem. In its simplest form, a premortem is planning ahead for a disaster.  Those of us who work for or with …

Overshoot

Overshoot

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Geek Out {Geek Speak} Warning, a bit of geek-speak here. Don’t panic, it’s not going to be that painful! Back during the times of my undergraduate education, we often talked about the theoretical issue with a stimulus causing overshoot in a second-order system. The image on the right shows that phenomenon in a rough form. The equation below is a …

Climate change

What If We’re Wrong – 03

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Climate Change Now there’s an interesting topic! Of course, there are at least two camps on the climate change thing. One is that the climate is changing and that mankind is causing or at least exacerbating the change. A second camp is that yes, the climate is changing but it’s a natural phenomenon and mankind is not only not causing …

Forecast VS Actual

Sales Forecasts and Actual Sales

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

Little Correlation In my experience, sales forecasts and actual sales have little correlation. This topic came up recently as several colleagues, and I discussed what appears to be a panic push for more sales activity from the sales team. The trouble is, many are still clinging to the old model of sales, and most of us agreed that the model doesn’t …