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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

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

Misunderstood = Opportunity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on April 11, 2019
In quiet moments of late, I’ve been recalling moments from my leadership life where my best attempts to communicate were misconstrued or misunderstood. These were not bad faith incidents, although I’ve collected those experiences also. They were of the innocent variety, at least as they began. Once known, however, they threatened significant damage unless they were treated as an opportunity to listen well, make changes where needed, and communicate even more intentionally.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Jack Bogle - a long-sighted examplar

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on March 4, 2019
My previous reflection on long-sight generated a number of responses. Some of you who responded spoke of inspiration. Others of you pointed out that long-sightedness pushes a person beyond moral relativism toward something they understand as eternal wisdom or truth, at the very least reflecting a solid, ethical center.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Long-sight

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on February 25, 2019
 
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, deep dive, nonprofit

Frame, then shhhh.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on January 28, 2019

One of the reasons meetings become such wastes of time and money is that leaders, managers, and meeting facilitators repeatedly fail to frame the context. Another is that leaders and managers dominate the conversation and fail to assume a sincere listening posture.

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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive, nonprofit

Do you have 5 years of patience?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on January 2, 2019
A question I frequently ask CEOs is whether the ownership/board and C-Suite executives have five years of patience.
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Topics: leadership coaching, business

Process vs Product revisited

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on November 13, 2018

For some time now we’ve been making a distinction between Process and Product when it comes to consulting:

  • Product diagnoses and tells. Process listens and helps.
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Topics: deep dive

A simpler path to innovation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on October 4, 2018
 
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Topics: leadership coaching, business

Management/Leadership Distinction

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on April 12, 2018

How does one lead without micromanaging, most especially when there is such high risk of liability/failure/ethical compromise?  What distinction can be drawn, really, between that of Management and Leadership, when it comes to function?

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Topics: leadership coaching, business, deep dive