The Organizational Development Muse

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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Loving leaders into their steward vocation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

My family story is one of holding our household together through my wife's long battle with leiomyosarcoma. Eighteen occurrences in sixteen years is a lot for anyone. We've made it this far, raising our children and now enjoying being grandparents, while building Design Group International, completing research projects related to graduate education, and finding ways to enjoy life, however constricted it might feel.

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Baseline Questions: helping you with organizational development and steward leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In the December issue of Depth Perceptionwe published a set of baseline questions that are more helpful than the self-centered ones we are more likely to ask when faced with problems to solve, people to manage, and opportunities to embrace.

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Topics: process design, Process Consultation, becoming a steward leader, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, steward leadership, organizational decision making, Depth Perception

A steward leader is more than a servant leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In Kent Wilson's 2010 doctoral research for the University of Aberdeen on what makes for a steward leader in nonprofit organizations, a good number of the CEO's he surveyed identified steward leadership as not much different than servant leadership. 

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