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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.

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

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

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