The Organizational Development Muse

Farewell to an example of leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

      Farewell to an example of leadership

This summer we welcomed Mark Brinkman as our latest Senior Consultant. Now we are forced to say good-bye. This past Saturday friends and family from places as far away as China and the Balkans gathered around his widow and their four children as we remembered a life well-lived.

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Topics: leadership, organizational development, process consulting, process design, Design Group International, mark brinkman

Death, taxes and family. An election eve leadership reflection

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Death, taxes and family. Leadership issues have not changed.

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Topics: leadership, organizational development, process consulting, Design Group International, Mark L. Vincent, elections, civic-mindedness

Long term leadership development: growing with other trees

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Twice in my life I cut down large trees that outgrew their space.

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Topics: organizational design, Design Group International, leadership, Mark L. Vincent, organizational development, Whorled Viewz, trees, communities, leadership community, spiritual disciplines

M&A: organizational development done this way

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: Organizational Leadership, organizational design, leadership, Mark L. Vincent, organizational development, Whorled Viewz, design group intenational, mergers, core leadership

Blurring the lines of organizational communication

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Formal and informal communication are needed in every organization.

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Topics: Organizational Leadership, organizational design, Design Group International, leadership, Mark L. Vincent, organizational development, Whorled Viewz, blurred communication, formal communication, informal communication, leadership and communication, organizational communication, organizational consulting

Musings: Inconspicuous Leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

For every visible, celebrity leader, there are several inconspicuous leaders in the wings, working to make the visible leader look as if they are almost single-handedly bringing the organization’s mission into being. Think COO, Provost, Administrative Pastor, Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Personal Coach, and Spouse. By sheer weight of numbers we need to focus on developing scores more of them.

My favorite illustration of an inconspicuous leader is that of Blackie Ryan, the priest and novelist Andrew Greeley’s inconspicuous monsignor, bishop’s assistant and mystery solver among Chicago’s Irish Catholics.

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Topics: Design Group International, leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Whorled Viewz, andrew greeley, blackie ryan, celebrity leaders, chicago irish, inconspicuous leaders, inconspicuous leadership, irish catholics

The limits of organizational leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: consulting, Design Group International, leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Whorled Viewz, marriage, consultants, following, shopping

Musings: Horribly unthinking and public statements

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The mayor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin was recently censured by his city council for horribly unthinking and public (and drunken) comments he made about his sister in law (http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-090924-sheboygan-mayor,0,157572.story). To his credit he has apologized and accepted the city council’s decision without any defensiveness. Still, one wonders about his ability to govern from here.

What I find amazing are the unthinking, insensitive and public statements I have heard by people who are not inebriated when they say them. Once uttered, especially by a leader, it makes it difficult to respect the person behind the words ever again. Recently, while driving to and from Florida on our vacation, my wife Lorie and I wrote down some of the most unthinking comments we have witnessed. We replay them here well aware that we are guilty of regrettable words ourselves. Interestingly, all these comments were made by church folk in church settings. We have tried to render them as accurately as possible.

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Topics: Design Group International, leaders, leadership, Mark L. Vincent, public statements, Sheboygan, unthinking statements, Wisconsin

The organizational consulting marketplace

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

1991 was the year my consulting work began. That is long enough, I think, to give me some sense of the field. Here is my construct–a map if you will–that helps me understand the consulting marketplace. Perhaps it can help you also.

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Topics: consultant, consultative, consulting, contextual leadership, Design Group International, firms, leader, leaders, leadership, manager, Mark L. Vincent, marketplace, objectives, organiations, organizational development, single shingle

Judgment Calls: dealing with organizational leadership scenarios

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Judgment calls are judgment calls. They aren’t exact. They aren’t easy. They don’t guarantee a successful outcome.

What the leader can know is that to do nothing is also a judgment call. That is, the failure to exercise judgment is still a choice of what to do with one’s judgment.

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Topics: leadership, judgment, judgment calls, Organizational Leadership