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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

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 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

Peer-based advising. Should you take a pass?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 31, 2016 1:00:00 PM
Why do executive leaders take a pass on peer-based advising?
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Topics: executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational leaders, Peer-based advising, CEO peer-based advising,

Managing Polarities: the basics

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM
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Topics: process consulting, the art of agreement, organizational development consulting, leadership arts, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group process, executive learning, polarity management

Leaders drive organizational culture: reflections above the Mediterranean

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 25, 2015 8:00:02 AM

The shoreline of the Mediterranean sea can be seen from the right side of the jet I’m riding in as I write this. It is beautiful, even from this height.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, leadership arts, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

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

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