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homogeneity, schomogeneity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 21, 2020 7:00:00 AM

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 naturally drawn to each other. The more homogeneity, the more they congeal.

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Topics: homogeneity, stewardship based leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, creating a culture of generosity, expansiveness

Process AND Product

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 13, 2020 6:55:37 AM
My recent experience at the athletic shoe store was flabbergasting.
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, process vs. sales, society for process consulting

"Walking beside my dying wife" is released

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Dec 9, 2019 1:47:00 PM

 
 

"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 anyone wanting to move more deeply into hope. Here is a sample:
 
Grit
Grit lives at my house.
Grit is one letter removed from grim. It contains grim's unsmiling severity without the dismal dourness.
 
Grit pinches a crease just above the nose. It sets the jaw. It offers no complaint while it pushes on.
 
Actually, in the middle of this battle there is no capacity for complaint. Finding a way through takes all the focus the very definition of grit.
 
Grit is a product of realism. We are here. It isn't going to get better.
 
The word grit aligns with this feeling I have of walking in wet sand while carrying a rucksack full of rocks. The journey is longer than we thought. The sack feels heavier than ever. We start to wonder about the purpose of carrying rocks from one place to another. It has begun to rain. We must decide to make the most of it. Even with this. We start singing to build a cadence as we trudge along. We decide to find something satisfying in having been able to say we never quit, even if we must suffer.
 
...why...would I want to condemn a person  to a  this-world immortality with their  broken  and aging body?
 
Grit.
What better options might there be? I can't find any.
 
DENIAL? Sorry, but this IS happening. Denial offers no safe haven. Denial is accompanied by delay; combined, they only add injury in the end.
 
MAGICAL THINKING? I wish I could think of prayers for complete healing as useful, but I only experience them as insulting. Complete healing doesn't give us our 16 years back. It doesn't restore lost income or money spent to cover medicine. It doesn't spontaneously grow new organs that were removed. It does not remove harm done by chemotherapy and radiation. And why, through prayer, would I want to condemn a person to a this-world immortality with their broken and aging body?
 
ANGER? Anger is a strong temptation, but it is a shovel handed to someone trying to get out of a hole. The last thing I want is an aftermath from harsh words or more lost relationships. Cancer has demanded too high a price already.
 
DEMANDS? BARGAINING? IRRATIONAL COPING MECHANISMS? I don't know what to ask for. I have nothing left to offer and to whom would I offer it? And, I've been around ministry so long I've seen the additional destruction from "going off the deep end."
 
These options make a realistic gritting it out a veritable paradise by comparison.
 
What is going to happen is going to happen, and it will happen in its time. We will face each day, each moment, with what little reserve we have. When it is over, the sun will rise. The mountains will cast their shadows, and birds will sing. I trust these things are so even though I'm blind and deaf to them at the moment.
 
 
(c) ell vee enterprises. All Rights Reserved. No portion of these articles may be shared or republished without express written permission from the author.
 
Get access to "Walking beside my dying wife"
 
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Topics: Suffering, Lorie L. Vincent, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leiomyosarcoma, lorie vincent, Leadership courage

Understand your future value...

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 29, 2019 12:36:12 PM

 

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Topics: process consulting, Process Consultation, Value Proposition, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, CEO peer-based advising,, peer-based executive teams

Lead from where you ARE

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 18, 2019 8:50:00 AM

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Topics: organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership communication, leadership formation, organizational love, spirituality and business, long term decision making, leadership wisdom, vocation vs career, career vs vocation, capacity building, personal clarity, selfless leadership, self-aware leader, millennials in the workforce, organizational development process, higher education, leading organizational change, faith-based community, Transforming Influence, Effective Leadership, Krysta DeBoer

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

The Steward Leader and the Challenge of Nontraditional Funding

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 10, 2017 7:30:00 AM

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 below include input from summit participants.

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Topics: process consulting, fiscal responsibility, board development, denominations, Stewardship Development, stewardism, associational systems, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Fiscal Health, steward leadership, Executive Development, Five Stewardship Confusions

The Steward Leader Needs Deep Community

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 11, 2017 6:28:00 AM

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 through some writing contributions to other titles:

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Topics: process consulting, it begins with design, Matthew Thomas, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, David Van Winkle

More on millennials in the workplace

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Dec 22, 2016 1:16:00 PM

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 a variety of market sectors. It also prompted the following response from Sterling Balstead, GM of the Minnesota facility for Engineered Pump Systems (full disclosure: I serve on the board of the company):

I hired three young engineers in the last two years and work with them daily.  Previously, I worked with two other engineers who were 26 and 33 years old.  I am [personally] right on the edge of this conversation at 36.

When I think about our younger employees I see we need to engage and work with them differently than older generations, or hold on and hope they change into their grandparents.  Our company is used to employees who like or at least tolerate “8 hours per day + lots of overtime and few questions”---“nose to the grind stone”.  It also seems important for these same people to “start on time every day”.  Overtime seems to be proof of character[upon which] one can build identity.  Another obstacle we face is the length of time it takes to train our engineering team.  It takes 2+ years of employment to build the competency some of our current white collar job descriptions require, which I imagine is typical of small service based companies.  This is a big deal given millennials seem willing to change jobs, locations, and maybe career paths more easily than previous generations.  The younger generation seems to desire looser work schedules, working from home, and protecting personal time.  I understand and admire some of these concepts.

Your conversation notes seem to highlights millennials liking well communicated goals and performance reviews.  It also states they are jaded.  I wonder if this is what non-millennials perceive when millennials are trying to make sense of “why” we are so rigid.  To reframe the entire conversation positively, millennials may be asking: “who cares what road we take as long as we get to the final destination on time”.

This GM, Sterling Balstead, is paying attention, thinking about the changes needed rather than resisting the tide, and moving forward--not just in technical innovation, but with personnel recruitment and workplace consideration. 
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Topics: process consulting, Process Consultation, organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership development methods, millennials in the workforce, Millennials and manufacturing

Millennials and Manufacturing: a Convene conversation.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Oct 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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 a great deal of the content they had come across didn't provide practical solutions for manufacturers seeking to hire and engage millennials. Most of the illustrations pointed to other industries like tech, health and service, perhaps more suited to flexible hours, a team culture and a quick succession of challenges. Finding there to be a virtual desIMG_1110.jpgert of ideas, we decided to gather senior leaders from several companies and pool experiences and ideas to see what might develop. What follows below is a summary of a conversation held on 18 October 2016, in Grafton, Wisconsin, at UFS.

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Topics: process consulting, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, millennials in the workforce, Millennials and manufacturing

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