Adapted from the previous Design Group International publication The Appriser in 2010.
Anyone who leads any type of association where membership/stockholder/board member votes are in play can sympathize with the dilemma faced by leaders of the tiny Gulf States Conference of Mennonite Church USA. You can read the account of their recent losing-and-yet-winning vote here.
Topics: process consulting, discernmentarian, Art of Agreement, Process consultation and design, organizational development consulting, organizational process, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group process
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.
Over the last fiteen years I've slowly been reading vol 1 of the now 6 volumes of The Fundamentalism Project. While academics take the most joy in reading ponderous volumes with extensive bibliographies, esteemed historian Martin Marty's essay at the back is the one every organizational leader should read--especially those who head global enterprise.
Today begins the 2014 annual conference for Design Group International. For the past couple of years I've given a state of the company presentation. As a result, we time the release of this blog post until after that session is over. We wouldn't want to give anything away!
Topics: process design, process consulting, Process consultation and design, organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational clarity
Organizational leaders need to read an epic every once in a while. It doesn't have to be all that dry or joyless an expeierence. They could read Colleen McCullough's multi-volume work of historic fiction surrounding the life and times of Julius Caesar. They could work through a James Michener take on some part of the world (my favorite was Texas). Or, it could be an historical work like The history of private life, How the Scots invented the modern world, or the current one I'm reading, Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton.
Topics: Process consultation and design, kim stezala, stezala consulting, wheel forward or spiral downward, organizational development consulting, strategic planning, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International