About Scott Kinder

I founded DOL Coaching in a desire to continue my service to others after decades of service in the federal government, military service, and civilian employ. I’m a Special Forces combat veteran (18C MOS), former civil servant and executive with roles across a multitude of industries (from Wall Street to internet startups to consulting). People who know me will tell you I’m passionate about helping those around me grow and prosper.

To know thyself…

By |2023-04-26T14:09:01-04:00April 26th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

Like many of you in my networks, I often suffer from a lack of belief in myself. I get awkward AF when I receive a compliment and have difficulty receiving praise for my efforts. And I know why.   It’s because, at my core (in my soul), I still believe in the Quiet Professional ethos drilled

Understanding your Operational Environment

By |2023-02-21T12:34:17-05:00February 21st, 2023|Lessons Learned|

An overlooked aspect of achieving success is being situationally aware and grasping your operational environment. If you'll forgive my being blunt, too many of you greatly overcomplicate the simple and set yourself up for failure. Over the past two weeks, I've had conversations with executives across more than ten industries.   A common complaint is their

Confessions of a reformed “empowerer”​

By |2023-02-14T10:35:20-05:00February 14th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Hello, my name is Scott, and I'm an empowerer. Before you beat me up for the title, let me explain. I'm the guy who truly believes in growing people. I'm a coach and a teacher, and I love watching growth happen. BUT...  I'm also the guy who has failed more times than I can count due

3 Must Read Books To Start The New Year

By |2023-01-18T15:33:51-05:00January 18th, 2023|Informing|

I'm blessed to work with and coach many transitioning service members and professionals seeking professional development.   Quite a bit of what I work with them on consists of having and maintaining a positive mindset. Anyone who knows me will tell you my go-to phrase for those going through dark or troubling times: "Stay the course and keep

Being Busy Is NOT A Badge Of Honor

By |2023-01-13T12:29:09-05:00January 13th, 2023|Informing|

You know the joke, "how do you know someone does CrossFit/is a Vegan? Don't worry; they'll tell you!"   It's the same with busy people.   Yes, I'm calling you out. Too many people I coach and teach subtly "brag" to me about how busy they are or how much they have going on.   They tell me

A New Year But The Same Old You

By |2023-01-04T15:00:55-05:00January 4th, 2023|Informing|

It's that time of year when everyone decides on a series of resolutions to better their life. You are going to go to the gym more often. Lose weight. Spend more time with the family. Get out of debt. Get a new job. Start a new educational endeavor. Stop swearing. Use that treadmill as more than an extra closet. According to most

10 Things Getting In The Way Of Your Success

By |2023-01-04T14:58:35-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

The list below isn't comprehensive, but it should make you think. 1: Debt Consumer debt will prohibit you from taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. You will be stuck in a job you hate because you rely on a paycheck to pay your car loan, student loan, credit card, or more. 2: Fear of failure

Pessimism and Sarcasm Aren’t Wisdom

By |2023-01-04T14:51:55-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

The words hit me like a punch straight to the gut when Dr. John Deloney said them during his address at the Dave Ramsey Influencer Event, which I was privileged to be attending. "Pessimism and sarcasm aren't wisdom." Five simple words, and yet, when you take a deeper look at them, they are far from simple.

But We’ve Always Done It This Way

By |2023-01-04T14:50:52-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

One phrase I too often hear from clients almost makes me lose my mind, "But we've always done it this way!"  It's often said in a whiny or pleading voice as if I don't somehow understand the importance of their history. As we approach the holidays (and hopefully some downtime for all you overtasked executives

Winning in projects.

By |2023-01-04T14:49:54-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

Winning project management protects your resources: time, money, equipment, and PEOPLE. There are undoubtedly theoretical aspects to project management; they are, in fact, often unavoidable. However, too many project management trainers and training focus almost exclusively on forced memorization techniques for ridiculous theories.   We then wonder why, after learning and being certified in these theories, project

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