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The blog archives of Dr. Mark L. Vincent

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The Steward Leader and the Challenge of Nontraditional Funding

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 10, 2017 7:30:00 AM

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: process consulting, fiscal responsibility, board development, denominations, Stewardship Development, stewardism, associational systems, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Fiscal Health, steward leadership, Executive Development, Five Stewardship Confusions

A leader's lament

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: executive leadership, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership clarity, Executive Development, executive communication, executive case studies, leader's lament

Loving leaders into their steward vocation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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, executive coaching, stewardship based leadership, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, leiomyosarcoma, Executive Development, Peer-based advising, peer-based executive teams, Executive peer-based advising

Decision Making Speed of the Executive Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 13, 2015 8:53:00 AM

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

"The Selfless Leader" is released this week.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 27, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We often provide resource reviews on Fridays, but this week we announce one where our CEO - Mark L. Vincent -- participated in its making.

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Topics: stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, selfless leadership

Notes on a Resource: Necessary Endings

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 30, 2015 5:30:00 AM

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

Organizational Leaders: Living a wide-awake life

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 28, 2015 6:30:00 AM

A version of this blog post is currently running at http://www.convenenow.com/living-wide-awake-life/

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, action-reflection, leadership and communication, The Tao of Action-Reflection, organizational wisdom, Executive Development, executive case studies

CEO time & task management: writing the don't do list

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jul 14, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Let us admit that the temptation in the cartoon at right is faced by executive leaders everywhere!

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Topics: process design, Art of Agreement, executive leadership, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational wisdom, organizational decision making, Executive Development, Executive peer-based advising

CEO peer-based advising. The value.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jun 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Last summer we announced we were stepping deeply into CEO peer-based advising. We now have a couple up and running in Eastern Wisconsin:

1.  Leader2Leader -- a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. option for nonprofit and ministry CEOs
2.  Convene -- an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. option for owners and CEOs of enterprise, that combines with monthly coaching conversations.

Both models include training days several times per year where nationally known content experts hold forth and Team members can bring some of their staff with them to maximize organizational application and impact. With our first training days now scheduled, I can hardly wait for them to take place so that our Team members can experience the full benefit! I also hope to plan a day some time in 2015 where both teams -- and perhaps some of the new ones we have on the drawing board -- can come together for excellent input and the opportunity to deepen the fabric of quality relationships.

Along the way I've held hundreds of conversations with business and service leaders, with many more to come. Everyone loves the idea and embraces the value of joining such a team. But as is so often the case, many choose not to. The responses remind me of the stories of religious revival meetings where people are invited but refuse to be "born again." 

  • If I perceive we are doing well as it is, then why would I need this? I'll consider it if we ever get into trouble and need help beyond our current competency.
  • If we are doing poorly, then how can we afford it? I need to earn my way back into the possibility before I can join.
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Topics: executive coaching, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, CEO peer-based advising,, Executive peer-based advising

CEO peer-based advising -- engaging the curiosity drive

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 21, 2014 6:30:00 AM

In the executive leader peer-based advising teams I chair, the hardest work is to keep us curious. A CEO's working day is too often conversation after conversation of needing to provide perspective without really being able to listen. CEOs get into telling mode too quickly because of the constant press to move on to the next item.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, CEO peer-based advising,

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