The Organizational Development Muse

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

A leader's lament

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

 

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Topics: organizational develoment, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership clarity, Executive Development, proces consulting, Leader2Leader, executive leadership development,, Convene Teams,, executive communication, executive case studies, leader's lament, enneagram 8

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

"The Selfless Leader" is released this week.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, the selfless leader, selfless leadership,

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

Organizational Leaders: Living a wide-awake life

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, action and reflection, leadership and communication, The Tao of Action-Reflection, organizational wisdom, Executive Development, executive case studies

Rut or Groove? a simple image for organizational and leadership development

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

If you search the web for images of "rut" or "groove" you get pretty much the same set of photos.  Look more closely and you will see a few different images in the results.  Where they differ is that "rut" tends to produce more photos of desert tire tracks and "groove" tends to gather images of vinyl records and people dancing.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, leadership development, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, organizational groove,, rut or groove,

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

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational wisdom, organizational decision making, Executive Development, executive leader development, Executive peer-based advising

CEO peer-based advising. The value.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, Leader2Leader, CEO peer-based advising,, Convene Teams,, Executive peer-based advising