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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

Long-sight

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 25, 2019 7:22:00 AM
 
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, deep dive, nonprofit

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

Process vs Product revisited

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 13, 2018 4:43:09 PM

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.
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Topics: deep dive

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

Scapegoating

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 29, 2018 2:29:00 PM

Recent work with a client led to developing these thoughts on the act of scapegoating. 

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Topics: deep dive

Rut or Groove? A simple image for organizational and leadership development

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Sep 25, 2014 6:30:00 AM

If you search the web for images of "rut" or "groove" you get pretty much the same set of photos.  Look more closely and you will see a few different images in the results.  Where they differ is that "rut" tends to produce more photos of desert tire tracks and "groove" tends to gather images of vinyl records and people dancing.

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Topics: deep dive

When the Executive Leader comes into their own

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 4, 2014 5:30:00 AM

Here is a recent exchange with my class I'm currently teaching for CLA's Online Academy regarding executive leadership (FYI - the next round of classes are about to start!). It is brief but I thought it worthy of a larger audience.

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Topics: leadership coaching, deep dive

Confusion #1 infecting executives of nonprofit organizations

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Dec 28, 2011 10:02:00 PM

Confusing Expense with Income

Financial Confusion #1 of 4 confusions nonprofit leaders face

 

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Topics: deep dive, nonprofit

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