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

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

M&A: organizational development done this way

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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

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

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

The limits of organizational leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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

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

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