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.

Change. You’re not doing it right.

By |2023-01-04T14:48:33-05:00January 4th, 2023|Informing|

Thousands of years ago, Heraclitus said, "There is nothing permanent except change." We'd all agree that statement is still valid today, despite the millions of technological advances we've seen since his time. At a minimum, you should consider three things when seeking change within your teams or organization. 1: No matter how comfortable you are

10 Things GREAT Project Managers Do 

By |2023-01-04T14:47:08-05:00January 4th, 2023|Informing|

Those who know me will tell you I firmly believe a large percentage of our daily professional lives is allocated to managing projects. Here are ten things GREAT project managers do differently. 1: Protect Organizational Resources.  Effective project managers protect the organization's finances, time, equipment, and PEOPLE. This responsibility often overwhelms junior project managers newly placed

Embrace the suck.

By |2023-01-04T14:46:05-05:00January 4th, 2023|Informing|

You leave the military with plenty of awesome sayings and cliches: “Think outside the box.” “High speed, low drag.” “Every dog has its day.” “Nothing good comes easy.” “Spotlight ranger” “Tactical pause” “Blue Falcon” “Soup Sandwich” “The only easy day was yesterday.” (I had to put this one in so my Navy SEAL friends would

The Wisdom of Ted Lasso for Business

By |2023-01-04T14:44:42-05:00January 4th, 2023|Informing|

I'm a huge fan of the TV show Ted Lasso. My wife and kids laugh at me as the show is constantly on in my office beside my desk while I work.   As a conservative estimate, I've probably seen the show's first two seasons around 25 times.   To prove it's more than just mindless comedic

Don’t be late, light, or last.

By |2023-01-04T14:42:26-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

It may be due to my military background, or it may be because of my dad and the lessons of politeness he drilled in me. I don't know why, but I can tell you this: I hate being late.  Late. What a horrible word. Do you realize each day consists of only 1,440 minutes? Though

A Not-So-New Approach To Team Development

By |2023-01-04T14:41:24-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

There are few things more essential to success than your team’s abilities. Too many of us obsess over it. We pay coaches to guide us through unconventional approaches and spend tens of thousands of dollars screening for the “right” candidate to bring into the team. And I’m not arguing against that, but I’d like to offer

Time: Protect it or Regret It

By |2023-01-04T14:39:44-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

We all get the same 1,440 minutes each day. No exceptions. In that aspect, we're all exactly the same. Zero differences. The real difference is in how we get to spend these precious minutes. Specific amounts are beyond our immediate control: where we work, how we get to and from, and what we do while there.  Forced Meetings,

The After Action Review (AAR) 

By |2023-01-04T14:37:45-05:00January 4th, 2023|Lessons Learned|

Capturing lessons learned in real-time is vital to the success of your efforts.  Far too many of us rely on broken systems to capture lessons as they occur.  Due to the fast-paced corporate environments in which we live, we rarely have the time to go back and incorporate fixes to the problems we identified. Here

The Emperor is naked (and no one will say so).

By |2022-02-17T07:51:47-05:00February 16th, 2022|Informing|

Raise your hand if you've been in a meeting in which your innovative-leader-in-residence pitched the new "great idea."  Keep your hand raised if you knew this newfound "innovation" was a horrible idea. Keep it up if you knew it would add work to a staff already completely over-tasked. Lastly, give me a 'hallelujah' if you've

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