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Curiosity in Change Leads to Openness, Wonder and Possibility

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on August 13, 2019

Over the past two months, we've explored the concept of change, and how courage, curiosity, and trust can help you navigate it. Last month , we looked at the importance of practicing courage. This month, we’re taking a deep dive into the benefits of approaching change with curiosity.

When change happens, there is a lot of new—new people, new ways of doing things, new deadlines, new voices, new perspectives, and new outcomes. Approaching change from a posture of curiosity helps you maintain a sense of openness, wonder, and possibility in the face of all this newness.

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

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

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

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

Free-Solo for Higher Education

Posted by Ron Mahurin on December 12, 2018

by Dr. Ron Mahurin—DGI Senior Consultant

Can you recall a time in your life when you faced both your greatest fear and your highest hope, all in the same moment? Does that even seem possible? If you’ve had the experience, what did you learn about yourself?

The National Geographic Documentary Film Free Solo chronicles just such an event in the life of the climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock: the 3,000 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

El Capitan – No Ropes

I recently saw the film, and was not only captivated by the compelling story, but frankly, frightened out of my mind.

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Topics: leadership coaching, business, education

A simpler path to innovation

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