The Organizational Development Muse

Mark L. Vincent

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Misunderstood = Opportunity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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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Jack Bogle - a long-sighted examplar

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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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Long-sight

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

 
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Frame, then shhhh.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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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Do you have 5 years of patience?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

A question I frequently ask CEOs is whether the ownership/board and C-Suite executives have five years of patience.
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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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A simpler path to innovation

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

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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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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