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Kristin Evenson
By Kristin Evenson
on June 21, 2022
Maestro-level leaders and their CFO Episode #49 of the Third Turn Podcast with Arnie Hendricks Arnie Hendricks has 30 years of senior financial management experience and distinct perspectives and ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on June 16, 2022
The construct you will find here was first developed in 2009. Given the recent release of the book Listening, Helping, Learning, and the many conversations it has sparked, it is helpful to give it ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on June 09, 2022
(originally presented to a network of creatives, musicians, and artists gathered by Design Group International in 2010. This work is a taproot for what is now Maestro-level leaders.)
Kristin Evenson
By Kristin Evenson
on June 07, 2022
DIY Brain Episode #48 of the Third Turn Podcast with Dr. Roger Hall Research shows that, on average, roughly 75% of our thoughts on a given day are negative. Dr. Roger Hall, psychologist and author, ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on June 02, 2022
I loved a woman named Edna Mertz.  I don’t remember her as a child, but as an adult I came to know her when I returned to pastor my childhood church she attended all her life. 
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 26, 2022
This blog post took several days to assemble. It finally landed today -- the day before publishing it -- and a day when the Maestro-level leader cohort I facilitate had its monthly morning meeting.
Kristin Evenson
By Kristin Evenson
on May 24, 2022
Learning & Leading As We Age Episode #47 of the Third Turn Podcast with Kristin & Mark We’re all rather painfully aware of the realities of aging that threaten or very naturally diminish ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 19, 2022
The Maestro-level letter, a brief burst of wisdom, is sent each Sunday morning to all Maestro-level leader cohort participants. Every now and then one of those letters seems to seek a larger audience ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 12, 2022
None of my business comes from Matt Dietz, a Farmer's Insurance agency owner and seasoned podcaster, focusing on business and finance.  It was a pleasure to be a recent guest where we talked through ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 10, 2022
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Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 05, 2022
UFS recently held its conference for leaders of community banks. Their theme was "Navigating the Grey."  Mike Tenpas, CEO, invited me to this video interview, touching on current issues facing senior ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 28, 2022
My first wife Lorie and I were often told that we had many things going on. Apparently, some perceived us as busy people.
Kristin Evenson
By Kristin Evenson
on April 26, 2022
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Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 21, 2022
When an outgoing executive leader hands the baton to their successor, there are so many risks. Each risk, if not addressed, brings a decline to the current and future value of the enterprise. The ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 14, 2022
Maestro-level letter is a weekly, Sunday morning, brief essay developed for executive advising clients and colleagues.  Given last week's blog post and video resource on the Three Turns of the ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 07, 2022
Most years I get to enjoy learning and connecting at the annual conference of Christian Leadership Alliance.  After serving on its board, helping to design the professional credential it offers, and ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 31, 2022
I wrote this blog post 14 years ago -- long before we knew the word COVID. We were in the middle of my first wife Lorie's cancer battle at the time.  The perspective we struggled to gain through her ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 17, 2022
Every now and then it makes more sense to hold a conversation rather than write an essay, especially where subjects are prone to difficulty and misunderstanding.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 10, 2022
The word queggestion is made up, combining the words question and suggestion. The result is a suggestion in the form of a question. Here is an example.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 03, 2022
The Bartleby column in the 19 February 2022 Economist expresses an irritation I share. There is too much leadership content everywhere. And so much of it is terrible.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 17, 2022
The last book written by Sigmund Freud was a collection of this thoughts about Moses and what became the monotheism of the ancient Hebrews.  I won't go there…..
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 10, 2022
Have you been heard to say, "that's a waste of money!" Or, are you more likely to complain when someone wastes your precious time? We tend toward one or the other as our loudest protest. We might ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 03, 2022
We've been given many items to grieve during these pandemic years. We aren't going to grovel in them, but let's do notice that groveling has a sister called denial. Either way the grief we carry ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on January 27, 2022
An alternative title for this blog post could have been the question: "whip or slingshot?"  Read on to see how we are braiding the metaphorical cord used for one or the other.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on December 23, 2021
So many gifts surround what we are doing in Maestro-level leaders.  Here is a quick list:
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on December 09, 2021
Transitions happen!  Some parts we might be able to plan. Some we cannot.  We can, however, raise the level of our preparation and thoroughness to face transitions rather than have them traumatize us ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on December 02, 2021
If you are a business owner or marketer, you've spent at least a little time thinking about the personas you consider ideal to reach. It helps you define your message and reduce the wasting of ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on November 18, 2021
We each have enemies. We do not arrive at Maestro-level leadership without accumulating them. Hopefully, the benefit of building integrity into our life is that we will have more opportunity than ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on November 04, 2021
In my annual revisit of the work I do compared with the work I intend to do, I came across the following diagram: 
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on October 28, 2021
A recent week-long set of meetings placed me among old haunts where I once served various clients. I drove past so many places I once grabbed coffee refills and morning carbs in the form of donuts or ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on October 07, 2021
The National Christian Foundation of Wisconsin convened the recent FUEL Conference. The collaborative planning included such groups as: Convene Truth at Work C12 Center for Christian Leadership at ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on September 23, 2021
Earlier this morning, I opened the FUEL conference, a meeting of 100 or so business leaders who draw upon their Christian faith and ethical commitments as they lead the organizations they steward. ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on September 09, 2021
One drop of blood serving as a means to many medical test results was revealed as little more than a modern form of alchemy. 
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on September 02, 2021
I was fascinated when deeply experienced women executives from differing careers and separate places began gathering cohorts of accomplished women leaders.  Was this a thing? Here is a conversation ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on August 26, 2021
This blog post, originally published in 2009 and now updated in light of yet again another devastating earthquake in Haiti, is as relevant as ever. ____________________ Gary Moore, widely known for ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on August 12, 2021
If the definition of vampires, zombies and mummies are that they are dead and don't know it, then we are surrounded by these monsters. Vampire institutions. Zombie organizations. Mummified ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on August 05, 2021
Disintegration: the process of something becoming weaker or being destroyed by breaking into smaller parts or pieces
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on July 22, 2021
A notice from the Economist that the largest category of religious identification is nothing in particular combines with phrases I heard recently while traveling. Work comes first! I postponed ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on June 10, 2021
The past week found my wife and me in an historic adobe home in the heart of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The walled-in patio was so pleasant and so full of birdsong we spent the better part of the day ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 27, 2021
A true joy in this work comes from gleaning insight from people who are care to make a difference as they help organizations function effectively.  Chuck Moyer is one such person, recently launching ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 13, 2021
We  recently presented this chart  as a model of the Three Turns of Executive Leadership:
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 29, 2021
The following is a sample opening consecration used in a cohort meeting of Maestro-level leaders:     Three questions are put to the great leader Ezra in the apocryphal book of 2 Esdras: What does a ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 15, 2021
Long ago, my graduate work focused on ways of creating agreement and forward action between groups needing to work together. That work became a dissertation that launched what has become a long ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 08, 2021
Short answer?  It appears so. Mary Barra, the CEO, is leading GM as it seeks to fulfill a promise to make only electric vehicles by 2035. I don't know her but have been doing some background research ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 01, 2021
Twenty-six years ago, five denominational bodies came together to work on common definitions of what it means to earn and use money faithfully. I was recruited to run this project, which brought me ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 25, 2021
My fingers repeatedly hovered over my keyboard and I repeatedly walked away before starting this blog post. Why could I not get started when I had so many thoughts on this ? Finally, I stopped ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 18, 2021
Have you heard it said that the Boomer generation will consume three generations of wealth?
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 11, 2021
A successful Third Turn of executive leadership identifies and begins to extract future value in preparation for succession. Maestro-level leaders cannot do this by themselves. Their Senior Executive ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 04, 2021
Momentum can help or harm.   If you have made it to a ski slope in this unusual year, you have recently seen that once inertia is overcome, it becomes easier to make a move, keep moving, and build ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 02, 2021
  Or Listen on your Favorite Platform:            The Third Turn Leader and Charitable Giving Episode #15 of the Third Turn Podcast - A Conversation with Kate Frillmann   Who wouldn't want to talk ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 25, 2021
    In the upcoming Episode 15 of the Third Turn Podcast, we talk with Kate Frillmann, a colleague and Senior Consultant with Design Group International. Our topic: taking a forethought approach to ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 18, 2021
  Through the many years of developing this Community of Practice, we call Design Group International , I have been a member of the clergy. Because of that, I'm often asked if I expect people to be ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 15, 2021
  Or Listen on your Favorite Platform:          Parent to Child Business Transitions Episode #14 of the Third Turn Podcast - A conversation with Brian Van de Water     Brian Van de Water's Third Turn ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on December 08, 2020
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Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on November 24, 2020
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Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on October 15, 2020
Putting together a new program for senior executive leaders in the middle of a pandemic may seem a ridiculous thing to do, and yet the evidence runs to the contrary!
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on September 10, 2020
I was wondering about flamingos recently, and it led to a little research. I had caught myself saying that a well-developed organization with a weak board is like a flamingo — a being that stands on ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on July 23, 2020
With this post the name of this long-standing blog is changed from "The Organizational Development Muse" to "The Third Turn.”  The focus on the intersection of  organizational and executive ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 10, 2020
Inspired by so many angry and data-laden posts, op-eds and talking heads, I borrowed from Paul's essay on love to get my thoughts on paper. the photos are linked to related videos. If I may, I'd urge ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 04, 2020
If leaders can (re)learn any one thing from Pandemic Time, it is that the proverbial house is always falling down. Leaders are foolish to step back and say “There, that’s done,” or “Whew! That’s ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 20, 2020
H ave you followed the emergence of protests at state capitols this past week?  Have you been tempted to join in?  
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 19, 2020
A growing number of CEOs participate in some form of round-table discussion. Some are half days each month, some whole days, some far less frequent. Some tie to specific industry groups, or perhaps ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 09, 2020
Recent months have brought abundant conversation on how next-generation executive leaders might be developed within an organization — especially in a healthy company that is straining its capacity. ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on January 21, 2020
Early in the pastoring part of my career we studied the homogeneity principle—essentially that like attracts like. Folks with similar incomes, education, experience, ethnicity, and interests will be ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on December 09, 2019
    "Walking beside my dying wife" is a curated blog of posts surrounding the passing of my wife, Lorie, one of Design Group International's Founders. It is now available as a free resource for ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on September 24, 2019
It is baked into the DNA of Design Group International that our consultants price our work as a fixed price, tying the price to a client’s objectives. The client needs to be focused on building their ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on May 29, 2019
Act first or think first? Which is you? Which is your organization?
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 11, 2019
In quiet moments of late, I’ve been recalling moments from my leadership life where my best attempts to communicate were misconstrued or misunderstood. These were not bad faith incidents, although ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 04, 2019
My previous reflection on long-sight generated a number of responses. Some of you who responded spoke of inspiration. Others of you pointed out that long-sightedness pushes a person beyond moral ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on January 28, 2019
One of the reasons meetings become such wastes of time and money is that leaders, managers, and meeting facilitators repeatedly fail to frame the context. Another is that leaders and managers ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on January 02, 2019
A question I frequently ask CEOs is whether the ownership/board and C-Suite executives have five years of patience.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on November 13, 2018
For some time now we’ve been making a distinction between Process and Product when it comes to consulting: Product diagnoses and tells. Process listens and helps.
Matthew Thomas
By Matthew Thomas
on July 09, 2018
By Ron Mahurin, Senior Consultant This post originally appeared here. (Yet Strategy – and Process – Still Matter) There is some debate as to whether the late Peter Drucker actually ever said: ...
Randal Dick, Ph.D.
By Randal Dick, Ph.D.
on May 24, 2018
By Dr. Randal Dick, Guest Author. Reprinted by permission. Original article here. With uncertainty and disruption being the new norm in business while planning horizons are getting shorter, business ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 12, 2018
How does one lead without micromanaging, most especially when there is such high risk of liability/failure/ethical compromise?  What distinction can be drawn, really, between that of Management and ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 29, 2018
Recent work with a client led to developing these thoughts on the act of scapegoating. 
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on March 26, 2018
Design Group International is committed to learning and helping rather than selling and telling. Our starting point is asking questions of the client rather than urging a product or service upon them.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 02, 2018
The generation that built our super highways, university campuses, and hospital complexes also populated and built many church houses, along with large educational wings, church camps, private school ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on August 24, 2017
    We would like to invite all interested persons to the 2018 Stewardship Summit 23-25 January 2018 -- near Memphis, TN.  ________________ A recent privilege to work with an organization trying to ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 10, 2017
The following is a presentation made this past week at the Christian Leadership Alliance's Conference in Dallas, TX. It was part of a summit on Steward Leadership. Portions of what you will find ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on January 11, 2017
Over the years, we've turned, repeatedly, to the subject of Steward Leadership, especially as articulated in Scott Rodin's book on the Steward Leader.  I've been privileged to support this work ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on December 22, 2016
We recently hosted a conversation on millennials in the manufacturing workplace and posted the notes from those proceedings here. It sparked some significant response and a wide amplification across ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on October 26, 2016
The Convene Team I chair is blessed with the perspective of several manufacturers. After some recent case studies regarding hiring and some content on millennials in the workplace, it was noted that ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on April 21, 2016
Christian Leadership Alliance celebrates 40 years of existence this week at its annual convention in Dallas. A key program I've personally invested in and benefitted from is its CCNL credential. The ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on February 01, 2016
In anticipation of a new rash of these letters, we repost one of our favorites originally published in 2010. __________________________ Each spring Lorie and I receive about thirty requests to help ...
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on November 25, 2015
The shoreline of the Mediterranean sea can be seen from the right side of the jet I’m riding in as I write this. It is beautiful, even from this height.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on November 11, 2015
Adapted from the previous Design Group International publication The Appriser in 2010.
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on July 17, 2015
The Objective Leader How To Leverage The Power Of Seeing Things As They Are Publishing Information: by Elizabeth R. Thornton, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015
Mark L. Vincent
By Mark L. Vincent
on July 01, 2015
Truth be told, even after several decades of Silicon Valley leading the way, and an incredible amount of research demonstrating the power of teams and an empowered work force, the majority of ...