The Organizational Development Muse

Managing Polarities: the basics

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, the art of agreement, leadership arts, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group process, group discernment, executive learning, polarity management

Discernment, decision rules and fragmentation: frustration for organizational leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Anyone who leads any type of association where membership/stockholder/board member votes are in play can sympathize with the dilemma faced by leaders of the tiny Gulf States Conference of Mennonite Church USA. You can read the account of their recent losing-and-yet-winning vote here.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, discernmentarian, Art of Agreement, Process consultation and design, organizational process, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group discernment

Resources for boards and decision-making

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

This past Saturday I was privileged to facilitate some training in group decision-making and design for a variety of organizational boards, many of them Christian Care Communities. I tend to call this type of training the Art of Agreement

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Topics: process consulting, board governance, Art of Agreement, board development, group decision making, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Board Education, group process, group discernment

Principles for reasoned conversation. Can such an organizational leader be found?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

There seems no escape from the deep divides between urban/rural, republican/democrat, left/right and the radically different orientations they take with further fracturing issues such as immigration, gender identity, public education, and health care. Even more, the most articulate about their positions demand loyalty, supress reasoned discourse, discourage further learning and expect any additional evidence to support their pre-determined positions.

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Topics: process design, Art of Agreement, group decision making, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication, peace and justice, hobby lobby ruling, group process, group discernment