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Multi-scenario Planning: not just in emergencies

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 25, 2020 9:43:00 AM

Special Announcement:  a FAST TRACK version of Process Consulting Training.    (see more below). 

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Topics: process consulting, Process Consultation, Process consultation and design, strategic planning, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational strategy, lon swartzentruber, society for process consulting, strategic mapping, multi-scenario planning

Opening up the organizational can: Organizational design should continue to evolve

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jul 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Truth be told, even after several decades of Silicon Valley leading the way, and an incredible amount of research demonstrating the power of teams and an empowered work force, the majority of organizations are stuck in the authoritarian model of old (especially manufacturing), or even more stuck in the hyper-democratic models that tried to offer a correction in the last half of the 20th century (especially charities and denominational bodies).

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, Organizational Governance, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational systems, open vs. closed organizational systems

Organizational Leaders Who Give Life

Posted by Aurora Rogers on Jun 23, 2014 5:30:00 AM

When you encounter all the simple and complex situations that make up your day, choose life. Take the risk to give generously and love unconditionally. 

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Topics: organizational development consulting, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational leaders

Organizational Leaders: A Need to Embrace Imprecision

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 16, 2014 6:30:00 AM
We are so deep into the 1s and 0s, the ons and offs, of the digital age that we have become resistant to imprecision. If it isn't in the data field it doesn't exist. If it isn't in the inventory record there is no point schlepping to the storeroom to see if something was returned or recently delivered. If a mapping app gets us lost we are powerless to navigate by our environment. In endless ways now we want an application to provide control over our moments rather than respond to them.  We are outsourcing our very selves.
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Topics: process design, process consulting, Process consultation and design, organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational clarity

Transparency: A Hard Word for Organizational Leaders

Posted by Aurora Rogers on May 19, 2014 6:55:55 AM

With present technology and social media, it may seem like people and companies are driven (or forced) to be more transparent. But really. How transparent are you being? How deep are your relationships with your vendors and peers?

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational leaders, leadership transparency, transparency of organization

Personal Leadership: Getting rid of the consumerism paradigm

Posted by Aurora Rogers on Feb 26, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Most discussions I hear around consumerism are about finances, time management, or relationships, but I think our lives, not just our livelihood, are at stake when consumerism infiltrates our paradigm.  

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Topics: organizational development consulting, leadership development, Design Group International, organizational design, leadership paradigm, personal leadership

Baseline Questions: helping you with organizational development and steward leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 3, 2014 6:30:00 AM

In the December issue of Depth Perceptionwe published a set of baseline questions that are more helpful than the self-centered ones we are more likely to ask when faced with problems to solve, people to manage, and opportunities to embrace.

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Topics: process design, Process Consultation, becoming a steward leader, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, steward leadership, organizational decision making, Depth Perception

Mean Mr. Machiavelli: A Thanksgiving Muse for Organizational Leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 21, 2012 6:16:00 AM

Mean Mr. Machiavelli: A Thanksgiving Muse for Organizational Leaders

 

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Topics: organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational leaders, leadership orientation to people

A board member's cost: economics for organizational leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 7, 2012 6:06:00 AM

A board member's cost: economics for organizational leaders.

Board members for an enterprise are compensated for their time and expertise. It is an expected cost for oversight. The balance point is to compensate fairly enough to capture a board member's complete attention. Too little and the type of board member you want is not going to be available or interested. Too much and board members become sorely tempted to preserve their board seats for the sake of the money. Establishing policy for how board compensation is determined becomes important. Biogen Idec does it through a board subcommittee. Other companies draw on consultative expertise to establish board compensation that ties to company performance, and not just a wage for time served.

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Topics: process consulting, board members, nonprofit sector, board compensation, organizational development consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design

Confusion #4 infecting executives of nonprofit organizations

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Dec 31, 2011 10:00:00 AM

Confusing reduced expense with an improved cash flow

Financial Confusion #4 of 4 confusions nonprofit leaders face

 

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Topics: process consulting, nonprofit leadership, financial management confusion, financial confusion, organizational development consulting, financial management, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, cash flow statements, financial confusion of nonprofit leaders

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