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Data damaged: with apologies to the Apostle Paul

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 10, 2020 2:51:42 PM

Inspired by so many angry and data-laden posts, op-eds and talking heads, I borrowed from Paul's essay on love to get my thoughts on paper. the photos are linked to related videos. If I may, I'd urge you to experience this fully, and not just read it quickly.

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, informal communication, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership and communication, business communication, society for process consulting, process chaplaincy, crisis communication

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

Jubilee! Opportunity is knocking

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 19, 2020 1:26:44 PM
It is well established that the sooner we:
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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, society for process consulting

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

Inbound marketing as servant, not master

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 4, 2015 8:52:33 AM
We’ve been paying attention to the evolution of inbound marketing and the use of content to drive visibility. Design Group International adopted a content-based marketing strategy early and continue a frequency of blog posting, article writing and white paper development located on our site, and even more importantly, on the platform of other organizations who are our colleagues and clients. Senior Consultant Matthew Thomas has been particularly prolific of late.
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Topics: process consulting, client centered, Process consultation and design, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, inbound marketing, process vs. sales

Further thoughts on The Golden Rule and Franchising

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 2, 2015 6:30:00 AM

I recently wrote about the Golden Rule and Franchising. A student at Capella University noticed the post in one of the school's LinkedIn pages and wrote a comment.

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Topics: franchising, Process consultation and design, associational systems, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational systems

Discernment, decision rules and fragmentation: frustration for organizational leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Nov 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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.

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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

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

International enterprise: Do you know your fundamentalisms?

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

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.

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Topics: organizational learning, Process consultation and design, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, Global Enterprise

Giving the Design Group International CEO talk

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jul 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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!

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, organizational development consulting, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

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