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Getting familiar with Maestro-level leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 6, 2021 6:39:00 AM

A year ago I stood on my porch in Idaho and made a video announcing an initiative for Maestro-level leaders. 

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Topics: process consulting, leadership succession, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn, The Third Turn Podcast, Kristin Evenson, stewardship of a successor, executive leadership development

Is General Motors an example of building for Future Value?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM


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 and enjoyed her interview on the Freakonomics podcast.

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Topics: leadership succession, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn, Future Value, GM, General Motors, Mary Barra, Future Generation

Returning to Roots

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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 two gifts I can never repay:

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Topics: leadership succession, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, society for process consulting, Community of Practice, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn, Future Value, Divergence

Jeff Immelt's New Book: It's Personal!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 25, 2021 9:00:00 AM


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 pacing, breathed, and asked myself what was going on my body. I quickly realized  that  this was personal. I am not merely sharing information or perspective on succession. This is not what needs to be known but what needs to be cared about.

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Topics: leadership succession, Design Group International, business success, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn, Jeff Immelt, stewardship of a successor

Episode 11 -- Third Turn Podcast Recap

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 5, 2021 8:00:00 AM
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Topics: leadership succession, executive leadership, CEO, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn Podcast, Mike Tenpas, company culture, company growth

Episode 10 -- Third Turn Podcast Recap

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Dec 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM
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Topics: leadership succession, Design Group International, lon swartzentruber, succession planning, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn Podcast, carmen fowler laberge

Legacy trumps history

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Adapted from the previous Design Group International publication The Appriser in 2010.

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Topics: Process consultation and design, leadership succession, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, business success, leadership legacy

Thank you Sepp Blatter - putting succession front and center

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 8, 2015 5:30:00 AM
Outcomes  magazine from Christian Leadership Alliance just published an article of mine on the importance of succession. With Sepp Blatter's FIFA (non)resignation, the timing could not have been better for putting this issue that confounds so many leaders front, center and global.
In Blatter's case, we are being the shown how to make all the succession mistakes, compounding one upon another, and being lived in front of the planet in vivid 24 hour ever-evolving news cycles.
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, leadership succession, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, ethical leadership, executive case studies, business ethics

The first 90 Days ain't just when you start, they are whenever you change.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Sep 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

I'm finally reading  Michael Watkins' The First 90 Days in book form. I'd read a couple of summary articles previously. Two stand out items have already gripped me. They gripped me enough to send them to my Convene Team members earlier today.  Here are those insights--reflecting how deeply the concrete gets set in the first three months of any new hire, any new position, and any major organizational change:

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, leadership succession, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, continuous learning

Successful Succession: continuous organizational leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 13, 2014 6:30:00 AM

This post, first published several years ago has been updated....

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Topics: organizational development consulting, leadership succession, ending well, leadership arts, stewardism, contextual leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational life cycle, succession planning

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