The Organizational Development Muse

Process vs Product revisited

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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: identifying adaptive change, society for process consulting, consulting as a process, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, process vs. product, process consulting, process vs. sales

A simpler path to innovation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

 
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Topics: corporate culture, steward leadership, executive learning, Design Group International, Mark L. Vincent, Innovation, professional development, TeschGlobal, Tesch Global

Culture Eats Strategy

Posted by Matthew Thomas

By Ron Mahurin, Senior Consultant

This post originally appeared here.

(Yet Strategy – and Process – Still Matter)

There is some debate as to whether the late Peter Drucker actually ever said: “culture will eat strategy for breakfast, every time.” The phrase does not appear in any of the 35+ books he wrote. In any case, the phrase has become an oft-cited expression in the organizational change literature.

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Topics: process consulting

Business and the NFL

Posted by Randal Dick, Ph.D.

By Dr. Randal Dick, Guest Author. Reprinted by permission. Original article here.

With uncertainty and disruption being the new norm in business while planning horizons are getting shorter, business is starting to look like the typical situation on any given Sunday in the NFL. Winning football teams tend to be those most successful at managing the constant barrage of disruptors and the unforeseen. In this article, I’m suggesting that football understands how to succeed in spite of disruption in a way that makes just as dramatic a difference when applied in a business or nonprofit.

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Topics: business success, Randal Dick

Management/Leadership Distinction

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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: society for process consulting, Executive peer-based advising, executive leader development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Process Consultation, leadership communication

Scapegoating

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Recent work with a client led to developing these thoughts on the act of scapegoating. 

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Topics: society for process consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Change Management, pervasive change, adaptive change, social change, group process, process consulting, Process Consultation

Iteration

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Design Group International is committed to learning and helping rather than selling and telling. Our starting point is asking questions of the client rather than urging a product or service upon them.

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Topics: process consulting

A new and better builder generation?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The generation that built our super highways, university campuses, and hospital complexes also populated and built many church houses, along with large educational wings, church camps, private school and numerous global mission and relief agencies.

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Topics: nonprofits, organizational development process, strategic planning process, relationship building, nonprofit, nonprofit leadership, Change and Transiton, Millennials and manufacturing, millennials in the workforce, client-centeredness, Design Group International, Mark L. Vincent, group discernment, consulting as a process, Process consultation and design, it begins with design

One-page planning

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

 
 
We would like to invite all interested persons to the 2018 Stewardship Summit
23-25 January 2018 -- near Memphis, TN. 

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A recent privilege to work with an organization trying to move their strategic efforts forward resulted in the following note when we sent them the tightly distilled, one-page version of their plan (excerpted and adapted to the purposes of this blog post):

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Topics: one-page planning, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive peer-based advising, Organizational Leadersehip, organizational development, strategic planning methods, wheel forward or spiral downward

The Steward Leader and the Challenge of Nontraditional Funding

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The following is a presentation made this past week at the Christian Leadership Alliance's Conference in Dallas, TX. It was part of a summit on Steward Leadership. Portions of what you will find below include input from summit participants.

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Topics: Design Group International, Mark L. Vincent, associational systems, Christian Leadership Alliance, Executive Development, steward leader, Five Stewardship Confusions,, Stewardship Development, process consulting, Foundations of resource raising, denominational funding, stewardism, Fiscal Health, fiscal responsibility, board development