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Courage in Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on July 11, 2019

As I mentioned last month, change takes courage, curiosity, and trust. This month, I’m taking a deep dive into courage, and how it can help you approach, embrace, and engage change.

A little over a year ago, I began working with an executive director whose predecessor was well-liked and had a long tenure but left rather abruptly.

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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

You Can Care!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on June 24, 2019
The woman I’m fortunate to call my wife went for a walk with me in a city that lies along a lakeshore. We came across this quote from Abraham Lincoln in a speech to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society before being elected president.
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Topics: Mission and vision, Vision and mission, deep transformation, leadership paradigm, executive education, Executive Development, leadership excellence, executive leadership training, executive communication, leadership communication, leadership formation, spirituality and business, leadership wisdom, personal branding, relationship capital, executive learning, executive vocation, forward-thinking realized, business success, organizational story, leadership legacy, corporate culture, leadership transition, identifying adaptive change, board engagement, Company Founder, business, reflections, stakeholder engagement, leadership, coaching

Three Behaviors Necessary for Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on June 11, 2019

Our mission at Design Group International is clear: we help organizations and their leaders transform for a vibrant future. The word transform indicates some type of change. We deal with change every day and with every client.

As you might imagine, over the years, we have learned a lot about change. But mostly we’ve learned that change takes courage, curiosity, and trust.

Over the next few months, through my blog writing, I plan to take a deep dive into change and the three behaviors that I’ve found helpful in approaching, embracing, and engaging it.

This month, let’s take a bird’s-eye view of change and how practicing courage, curiosity, and trust can help. Let’s take them in reverse order.

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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

Act first or think first? Which is you? Which is your organization?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 29, 2019

Act first or think first? Which is you? Which is your organization?

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Topics: process consulting, publication

Process Consulting

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

One of the most significant leadership challenges of our day is to manage complexity. When we propose to do something new, or unfamiliar, or even something that we have done before, it is often helpful to make sure we have a solid process to help us get to where we need to go.

Process Design has many benefits, including:

1.  Understanding WHY you are wanting to do what it is you are wanting to do.

2.  Deliberately thinking through WHO is involved in the process and what role they play.

3.  Unpacking WHAT deliverables and desired outcomes you seek from the work being undertaken to achieve the WHY.

4.  Clearly articulating HOW you will proceed to achieve the outcomes and deliverables you desire, outlining WHO will be doing what along the way.

5.  Creating a road map for WHEN these deliverables and processes will be achieved.

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Topics: process design, process consulting

Authentic Advancement

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

High-quality transformative advancement efforts are essential in order to achieve the mission of any non-profit organization.

By focusing on developing authentic donor relationships that are built on trust and shared purpose helps position a long-lasting relationship for success.

Equipping board members, executive directors, and advancement professionals to approach donor relationships from this perspective ensures that a true partnership exists.

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Topics: advancement, authentic advancement

Comprehensive Capital Campaigns

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Implementing a comprehensive capital campaign is an essential component to transforming and equipping your organization for the future.

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Topics: fundraising and campaign consulting

Transformative Strategic Planning

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Begin with the end in mind.

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Topics: strategic planning

Leadership Transition and Succession Planning

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

There is a lot packed into the words leadership transition and succession planning.

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Topics: succession planning

Executive Leadership Coaching

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Coaching is walking alongside a leader by partner with them in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

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Topics: leadership coaching