The Organizational Development Muse

Misunderstood = Opportunity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In quiet moments of late, I’ve been recalling moments from my leadership life where my best attempts to communicate were misconstrued or misunderstood. These were not bad faith incidents, although I’ve collected those experiences also. They were of the innocent variety, at least as they began. Once known, however, they threatened significant damage unless they were treated as an opportunity to listen well, make changes where needed, and communicate even more intentionally.
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Principles for reasoned conversation. Can such an organizational leader be found?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

There seems no escape from the deep divides between urban/rural, republican/democrat, left/right and the radically different orientations they take with further fracturing issues such as immigration, gender identity, public education, and health care. Even more, the most articulate about their positions demand loyalty, supress reasoned discourse, discourage further learning and expect any additional evidence to support their pre-determined positions.

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Topics: process design, Art of Agreement, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication, group process

Notes on a Resource: Hilton Grand Vacations

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Hilton Grand Vacations

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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

Notes on a Resource: Bits & Pieces

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Bits & Pieces

Motivation and Inspiration

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication, notes on a resource, leadership communication, business communication

Purposeful Organizational Communication: no more signup sheets!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Frustration over slow and low response when signup sheets are posted is a common conversation among work teams, management, and volunteer managers. And still, it remains the go-to method.  Running into a brick wall and hoping to break through anyone?

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Topics: organizational development consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication

Organizational Communication: Modulating the Message

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

When you emphasize varying words in the same sentence you get varied meaning. Perhaps you've done this excercise below or played it as a party game.

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication

Getting information right! A skill steward leaders need.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Sitting presidents and presidential candidates are notorious for confidently stating erroneous and discredited information that press secretaries must clarify later. To a degree this is understandable because of the unwithering and relentless public scrutiny they receive. Any mistake is going to be caught, magnified, caricatured and published. Still, it is a lesson to any organizational leader that they need to be in command of their facts and to offer the front seat to the people who know what they do not.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational learning, organizational development consulting, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational communication, steward 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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