The Organizational Development Muse

8 lessons learned from leiomyosarcoma: a spouse's list

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Our book Fighting Disease Not Death: Finding a Way Through Lifelong Struggle is being widely read. Lorie has been speaking at a number of churches (about once monthly is what she feels she can manage), and will speak next at First Baptist Beloit, Wisconsin on Sunday 19, February. Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort!

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Topics: spouse of a cancer sufferer, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leiomyosarcoma, lorie vincent, fighting disease not death, unproductive meetings, lesson from cancer, cancer survivor, cancer spouse, spouse of a cancer survivor

Fighting Disease Not Death: 3 FAQ's

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Three questions keep coming now that the book Fighting Disease, Not Death: Finding a Way Through Lifelong Struggle is available. We decided to post our responses here as a means to answer them more readily.

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Topics: Lorie L. Vincent, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, mark vincent, fighting disease note death, metastatic disease, Speak ye first the kingdom, swimming upstream, the ministry of development, leiomyosarcoma, lorie vincent

Perception Distortion: depth perception for leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

My wife Lorie and I are often told that we have many things going on. Apparently we are perceived as busy people. That does not match our self perception. Lorie’s long battle with cancer has robbed us of so much of our time and diminished so many plans and forced us into such long waiting periods, that any healthy periods become crammed with buying groceries, catching up on yard work, staying abreast of our professions and paying our bills. We appear busy around others simply because so much time is given to forced stases. It appears everyone is at least partially right!

Perceptions are so easily misconstrued or only partially developed. A virtuous leader must understand this and commit to long and patient communication if she or he wants common and useful perceptions to form. Too many persons in leadership roles decide instead to embrace the ease of manipulating the half-formed reactions of people to their own, selfish ends.

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Topics: cancer, leiomyosarcoma, lorie vincent, distortion, half-formed reactions, perception, pursue patient endurance, virtuous leader