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Price Fixing

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Sep 24, 2019 2:43:25 PM

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 organization, not on whether costs are exceeding what they budgeted!

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, mark vincent, Communicating about money, decluttering the company, consultant platform, process vs. sales, organizational development process, clear measurement, business, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting

You Can Care!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 24, 2019 11:27:21 AM
The woman I’m fortunate to call my wife went for a walk with me in a city that lies along a lakeshore. We came across this quote from Abraham Lincoln in a speech to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society before being elected president.
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Topics: Mission and vision, Vision and mission, deep transformation, leadership paradigm, executive education, Executive Development, leadership excellence, executive leadership training, executive communication, leadership communication, leadership formation, spirituality and business, leadership wisdom, personal branding, relationship capital, executive learning, executive vocation, forward-thinking realized, business success, organizational story, leadership legacy, corporate culture, leadership transition, identifying adaptive change, board engagement, Company Founder, business, reflections, stakeholder engagement, leadership, coaching

Misunderstood = Opportunity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 11, 2019 6:26:00 AM
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 I’ve collected those experiences also. They were of the innocent variety, at least as they began. Once known, however, they threatened significant damage unless they were treated as an opportunity to listen well, make changes where needed, and communicate even more intentionally.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Jack Bogle - a long-sighted examplar

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 4, 2019 11:44:00 AM
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 relativism toward something they understand as eternal wisdom or truth, at the very least reflecting a solid, ethical center.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Frame, then shhhh.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 28, 2019 6:53:00 AM

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 dominate the conversation and fail to assume a sincere listening posture.

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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Do you have 5 years of patience?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 2, 2019 3:09:00 PM
A question I frequently ask CEOs is whether the ownership/board and C-Suite executives have five years of patience.
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Topics: leadership coaching, business

A simpler path to innovation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Oct 4, 2018 8:36:55 AM
 
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Topics: leadership coaching, business

Management/Leadership Distinction

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 12, 2018 7:20:00 AM

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 Leadership, when it comes to function?

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Topics: leadership coaching, business, deep dive

A new and better builder generation?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM

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 and numerous global mission and relief agencies.

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Topics: strategic planning, business, nonprofit

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