The Organizational Development Muse
Topics: process design, process consulting, Process Consultation, Leading at a Higher Level, discernmentarian, nonprofit leadership, servant leadership, Process consultation and design, It begins wtih design, organizational development consulting, Non-Profit Leadership, organizational process, strategic interim leadership, leadership failure, Organizational Transformation, leadership paradox, Organizational Life Cyle, sustainable vision, strategic planning, executive leadership, contextual leadership, stewardship based leadership, triple loop learning, organizational development muse, Convene, blurred communication, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, small business development, adaptive leadership, Organizational Management, leadership dynamic, action-reflection, mark vincent, organizational clarity, The Tao of Action-Reflection, steward leadership, leadership theory, leadership definition, leadership clarity, Developing Leaders, Change Management, leadership paradigm, Peer-based advising, leadership excellence, CEO peer-based advising,, executive communication, leadership communication, peer-based executive teams, Executive peer-based advising, long term decision making, leadership wisdom, Leadership intuition, forward-thinking realized, capacity building, selfless leadership, open vs. closed organizational systems, business success, organizational strategy, business design, business models, polarity management, one-page planning, organizational development process, society for process consulting, leadership transition, identifying adaptive change, leading organizational change, process chaplaincy, who what when where why how
One of the reasons meetings become such wastes of time and money is that leaders, managers, and meeting facilitators repeatedly fail to frame the context. Another is that leaders and managers dominate the conversation and fail to assume a sincere listening posture.
Topics: nonprofit leadership, organizational development consulting, strategic planning, executive leadership, organizational knot, secrets of productivity, organizational development muse, formal communication, informal communication, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, mark vincent, Change Management, Leading meetings, Executive Development, leadership excellence, executive leadership training, executive communication, leadership communication, leadership formation, business communication, business meetings, executive team meetings, long term decision making, group process, leadership wisdom, decluttering the company, relationship capital, executive learning, organizational groove, executive vocation, forward-thinking realized, selfless leadership, Leadership courage, leadership legacy, Managing Change, society for process consulting, corporate culture, process capacity
The generation that built our super highways, university campuses, and hospital complexes also populated and built many church houses, along with large educational wings, church camps, private school and numerous global mission and relief agencies.
Topics: client centered, it begins with design, nonprofit leadership, Process consultation and design, strategic planning, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, consultant, Change Management, group process, millennials in the workforce, Millennials and manufacturing, relationship building, organizational development process
Whether you are a Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director or interim CEO, you are responsible for the whole of the organization. Nobody else shares the responsibility for the complexity of the whole at the level you do, Even if you are fortunate enough to have a team member who demonstrates potential to perceive the complexity of the whole, they are not responsible for it. Their job does not depend on it. Organizational performance does not ultimately point to them with the intensity that it points to you.
Topics: process consulting, nonprofit leadership, executive leadership, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, interim executive services, peer-based executive teams
Topics: process design, process consulting, nonprofit leadership, organizational development consulting, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication, notes on a resource, Human resources, business meetings
Gum Ball Financial Management
Guest Blogger: Darryl J. Brown
Many not-for-profits deal with finances like a little kid at the gum ball and candy machine wall in a large store. Their eyes get big when they see all the variety of candies, prizes and trinkets that a quarter or 50 cents will buy. But because they don’t have any money of their own, they begin to look around for someone who can fund their immediate little heart’s desires. When offered a choice of a $5 bill or two quarters they happily snatch up the coins and run away.
Sadly, the parallels of this little story plays out time and again with well intentioned organizations. The not-for-profit has a great mission statement, they are concentrating single-mindedly on why they exist and are accomplishing much. Their cause is appreciated and championed by many. And so, they are concentrating on their own specific purpose, what makes them tick. Unfortunately they don’t take the time to ask the hard questions that will help them to realize exponential growth.
Introducing a New Blogger
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.
In Kent Wilson's 2010 doctoral research for the University of Aberdeen on what makes for a steward leader in nonprofit organizations, a good number of the CEO's he surveyed identified steward leadership as not much different than servant leadership.
Topics: process design, process consulting, nonprofit leadership, servant leadership, leadership basics, becoming a steward leader, organizational development consulting, stewardship, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, steward leadership
Confusing reduced expense with an improved cash flow
Topics: process consulting, nonprofit leadership, financial management confusion, financial confusion, organizational development consulting, financial management, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, cash flow statements, financial confusion of nonprofit leaders