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.

Pessimism and Sarcasm Aren’t Wisdom

By |2024-06-19T10:32:34-04:00June 19th, 2024|Informing|

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.

Control the clock. Don’t OBEY it. 

By |2024-06-19T10:30:49-04:00June 14th, 2024|Informing, Self Help|

I can’t tell you how many executives I work with who can’t take ownership of their lives. To be specific - they don’t own their time. The very time we are graced by God with each day to use. They constantly move around with no deliberation, intentionality, or ability to control their fate. As a

Spotlight Rangers are not your friend.

By |2024-06-19T10:31:25-04:00June 10th, 2024|Informing, Uncategorized|

Kill the Spotlight Rangers and TREAT ALL EMPLOYEES THE SAME defines the term “Spotlight Ranger” to be: "someone who only performs when a superior observes them; not a team player. From US Army Ranger school slang for a student who doesn’t give his all unless he is the one being evaluated on a mission

5 Reasons Your Projects Are Failing

By |2024-05-30T10:40:05-04:00May 21st, 2024|Project Management|

1: Not communicating the change effectively. Projects are typically initiated to capture an opportunity, innovate, or solve a problem. They are temporary and should have a definitive beginning and end.   In short, projects are doing something new (yes, even if you've made similar efforts many times previously). When you do anything new, getting buy-in

Leading by example. ‘They’ aren’t the problem, YOU are.

By |2024-05-30T10:57:56-04:00May 15th, 2024|Leadership|

Leaders lead. That’s about as simplistic as I can make it.  The problem is, though, few people know how. I’m not saying they aren’t proficient at their jobs; I’m simply pointing out they don’t know how to lead.  Leadership isn’t a numbers game. Having more direct reports in no way means you are a better leader. 

Get out of neutral. Where are you in your life and work?

By |2024-05-30T11:02:23-04:00April 17th, 2024|Self Help|

I love Seth Godin’s quote from The Dip: “If you’re trying to succeed in a job, a relationship, or at a task, you’re either moving forward, falling behind, or standing still. There are only three choices.” This may be hard for you to read, but too many of you are standing still or falling behind.  Let’s talk about

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