The Organizational Development Muse

The Steward Leader Needs Deep Community

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Over the years, we've turned, repeatedly, to the subject of Steward Leadership, especially as articulated in Scott Rodin's book on the Steward Leader.  I've been privileged to support this work through some writing contributions to other titles:

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Topics: stewardism, steward leader, it begins with design, Design Group International, Matthew Thomas, Mark L. Vincent, process consulting, organizational development muse, David Van Winkle

Design Group International launches Sustainable Vision

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Introducing a New Blogger

One of our Senior Consultants, Matthew M. Thomas, is joining our blogging team with his blog Sustainable Vision (it launches next Tuesda). We’d like to take a moment to introduce Matt to you.

Strategy, Learning, Idea Generation

Matthew M. Thomas has been with Design Group International since 2010. Matt is a strategic thinker whose passion for life-long learning gives him strength in generating ideas, procedures and perspective for organizations in the areas of vision, governance and finances based in his technical, classical, historical and theological training and his business, pastoral and non-profit experience. Matt has shown that he quickly adapts to changing situations and new clients’ needs through his intuitive sense of how things interconnect and fit together, and is particularly interested in how the unique qualities of each person work together in an organization to bring it to greater health and the fullness of what it is designed to do.

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Topics: organizational development, process consulting, process design, Design Group International, Mark L. Vincent, nonprofit financial management, Matthew Thomas

Investing in the New Normal: economic reflections from Matthew Thomas

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Churches, denominations and non-profits are all stuck in the same economic mud as businesses, people saving for retirement, or those living on fixed incomes. With extremely low interest rates, traditionally safe investments (savings accounts, bank certificates of deposit and money market accounts) do not make enough money to keep up with inflation. Thus, investing in what are usually considered safe vehicles actually cause long-term devaluation of savings because of inflation’s modest, but upward trend. For instance, what cost $10,000.00 in 1980 cost $26,110.95 in 2010[1]--a 3.2% average annual percentage rate.[2]

Unfortunately, most savings account rates are 1/300th of that right now, and most CDs don’t get over 1% without having quite a bit of money in for a long time. This means that the real dollar value of investments in such instruments is declining faster than interest can be added to make up for inflation.

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Topics: organizational development, organizational design, Design Group International, process consulting, Whorled Viewz, behavioral economics, Matthew Thomas, The Muse, investment strategy