The Organizational Development Muse

Respite and Renewed Focus

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

My postings to this blog have been minimal in 2015, and almost nothing since the summer began.

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Topics: process consulting, executive coaching, leadership development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, deep transformation, CEO peer-based advising,, peer-based executive teams, Executive peer-based advising, executive learning

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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Topics: process design, process consulting, becoming a steward leader, steward leader, executive coaching, Uterine metastatic leiomyosarcoma, stewardship based leadership, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, leiomyosarcoma, Leader to Leader, Executive Development, Leader2Leader, Peer-based advising, peer-based executive teams, Executive peer-based advising

Decision Making Speed of the Executive Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In the online classes I teach on executive leadership, we often discuss paradoxes leaders must embrace. One such paradox is that the decision-making speed demanded of executive leaders is both fast and slow.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development firm, executive coaching, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, Executive Development

An organizational leader's sphere of influence: further up and further back

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

A recent interaction with some executive leadership students thinking with me in sessions I'm privileged to facilitate with Christian Leadership Alliance provoked the following thoughts:

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, steward leader, executive coaching, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, executive leader development, long term decision making,

Notes on a Resource: Necessary Endings

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Necessary Endings

The employees, businesses, and relationships that all of us have to give up in order to move forward

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development, executive coaching, leadership development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, Executive Development, executive case studies, business communication

Notes on a Resource: To Wit

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

To Wit

 A sense of humor - A mandatory tool of management

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development, executive coaching, leadership development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, business communication, leadership humor

A new leadership mentoring program gets underway

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Starting January 2015, I and a number of friends and colleagues have the honor of serving as mentors through Christian Leadership Alliance’s new Outcomes Mentoring Network www.OutcomesMentoring.org.  It is an honor to be invited to be a part of this state-of-the-art online matching system. It will connect experienced mentors with today’s emerging organizational leaders. You can learn more in this short video from CLA president and CEO Tami Heim.

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Topics: Christian Leadership Alliance, executive coaching, mentoring, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership development methods,, executive leadership development,, outcomes mentoring network, effective nonprofits

Leadership Fable: wise owl meets young buck

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

...and young buck gets wiser.

by mark l vincent

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development firm, executive coaching, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, executive education, leadership development methods,, executive leadership development,, executive case studies

Is the traditional concept of “career” still useful? If not, then what?

Posted by Walter Sawatzky

In the brief span of my lifetime, the term “career” has evolved from meaning something respectably akin to “lifelong vocation” to now designating a temporary choice college-age adults make to satisfy their guidance counselors and parents.  Granted, that is a slight exaggeration but stay with me!

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, their “Numbers Guy”, Carl Bialik asked: “Do Americans really go through careers like they do cars or refrigerators?” He goes on to say based on his research that much of what we hear points to growing job instability and increased autonomy of workers. Among the most-repeated claims is that the average U.S. worker will have many careers—seven is the most widely cited number—in his or her lifetime.

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky,, organizaional development, vocation vs career, executive transitions, career vs vocation

What are the factors in personal design?

Posted by Walter Sawatzky

....third of three in a series on turning job frustration into vocational clarity
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky,, executive vocation,, customized coaching, personal vocation