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Is the traditional concept of “career” still useful? If not, then what?

Posted by Walter Sawatzky on Oct 20, 2014 6:00:00 AM

In the brief span of my lifetime, the term “career” has evolved from meaning something respectably akin to “lifelong vocation” to now designating a temporary choice college-age adults make to satisfy their guidance counselors and parents.  Granted, that is a slight exaggeration but stay with me!

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, their “Numbers Guy”, Carl Bialik asked: “Do Americans really go through careers like they do cars or refrigerators?” He goes on to say based on his research that much of what we hear points to growing job instability and increased autonomy of workers. Among the most-repeated claims is that the average U.S. worker will have many careers—seven is the most widely cited number—in his or her lifetime.

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky, vocation vs career, executive transitions, career vs vocation

What are the factors in personal design?

Posted by Walter Sawatzky on Oct 13, 2014 6:30:00 AM
....third of three in a series on turning job frustration into vocational clarity
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky, executive vocation, customized coaching, personal vocation

“Work”, “True Calling”, “Vocation” and “Personal Design”…?

Posted by Walter Sawatzky on Oct 6, 2014 6:30:00 AM
....Second in a series on turning job frustration into vocational clarity
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky, executive vocation, customized coaching, personal vocation

Turning job frustration into vocational clarity.

Posted by Walter Sawatzky on Sep 29, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Your Personal Design Provides the Shape of Your True Calling. 

....first in a series

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky, executive vocation, customized coaching

CEO peer-based advising. The value.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Last summer we announced we were stepping deeply into CEO peer-based advising. We now have a couple up and running in Eastern Wisconsin:

1.  Leader2Leader -- a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. option for nonprofit and ministry CEOs
2.  Convene -- an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. option for owners and CEOs of enterprise, that combines with monthly coaching conversations.

Both models include training days several times per year where nationally known content experts hold forth and Team members can bring some of their staff with them to maximize organizational application and impact. With our first training days now scheduled, I can hardly wait for them to take place so that our Team members can experience the full benefit! I also hope to plan a day some time in 2015 where both teams -- and perhaps some of the new ones we have on the drawing board -- can come together for excellent input and the opportunity to deepen the fabric of quality relationships.

Along the way I've held hundreds of conversations with business and service leaders, with many more to come. Everyone loves the idea and embraces the value of joining such a team. But as is so often the case, many choose not to. The responses remind me of the stories of religious revival meetings where people are invited but refuse to be "born again." 

  • If I perceive we are doing well as it is, then why would I need this? I'll consider it if we ever get into trouble and need help beyond our current competency.
  • If we are doing poorly, then how can we afford it? I need to earn my way back into the possibility before I can join.
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Topics: executive coaching, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, CEO peer-based advising,, Executive peer-based advising

Notes on a Resource: The Good Listener

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 23, 2014 6:30:00 AM

The Good Listener

Compassionate . Caring . Healing . Respectful . Loving . Patient . Attentive . Empathizing

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, leadership development, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, Peer-based advising

CEO peer-based advising -- engaging the curiosity drive

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 21, 2014 6:30:00 AM

In the executive leader peer-based advising teams I chair, the hardest work is to keep us curious. A CEO's working day is too often conversation after conversation of needing to provide perspective without really being able to listen. CEOs get into telling mode too quickly because of the constant press to move on to the next item.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, CEO peer-based advising,

You need to be interested. Your organization deserves an engaged leader!

Posted by Aurora Rogers on May 14, 2014 6:00:00 AM

It's bound to happen. At some point things change. 

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Design Group International, Executive Development

Speaking Fundamentals for Organizational Leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 23, 2014 7:30:00 AM

No one is ever done being a better speaker. No matter how polished, something sloppy sneaks in. We need honest responses from objective people. We need to review the basics of public communication and check on ourselves. Perfection is what we strive for and cannot expect to attain.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, leadership development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, executive communication, leadership communication

Notes on a Resource: Jawbone UP

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 14, 2014 6:30:00 AM

UP

 

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Topics: organizational development consulting, executive coaching, leadership development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource

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