The Organizational Development Muse

One-page planning

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

 
 
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A recent privilege to work with an organization trying to move their strategic efforts forward resulted in the following note when we sent them the tightly distilled, one-page version of their plan (excerpted and adapted to the purposes of this blog post):

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Topics: organizational development, wheel forward or spiral downward, strategic planning methods, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Organizational Leadersehip, Executive peer-based advising, one-page planning

More on millennials in the workplace

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We recently hosted a conversation on millennials in the manufacturing workplace and posted the notes from those proceedings here. It sparked some significant response and a wide amplification across a variety of market sectors. It also prompted the following response from Sterling Balstead, GM of the Minnesota facility for Engineered Pump Systems (full disclosure: I serve on the board of the company):

I hired three young engineers in the last two years and work with them daily.  Previously, I worked with two other engineers who were 26 and 33 years old.  I am [personally] right on the edge of this conversation at 36.

When I think about our younger employees I see we need to engage and work with them differently than older generations, or hold on and hope they change into their grandparents.  Our company is used to employees who like or at least tolerate “8 hours per day + lots of overtime and few questions”---“nose to the grind stone”.  It also seems important for these same people to “start on time every day”.  Overtime seems to be proof of character[upon which] one can build identity.  Another obstacle we face is the length of time it takes to train our engineering team.  It takes 2+ years of employment to build the competency some of our current white collar job descriptions require, which I imagine is typical of small service based companies.  This is a big deal given millennials seem willing to change jobs, locations, and maybe career paths more easily than previous generations.  The younger generation seems to desire looser work schedules, working from home, and protecting personal time.  I understand and admire some of these concepts.

Your conversation notes seem to highlights millennials liking well communicated goals and performance reviews.  It also states they are jaded.  I wonder if this is what non-millennials perceive when millennials are trying to make sense of “why” we are so rigid.  To reframe the entire conversation positively, millennials may be asking: “who cares what road we take as long as we get to the final destination on time”.

This GM, Sterling Balstead, is paying attention, thinking about the changes needed rather than resisting the tide, and moving forward--not just in technical innovation, but with personnel recruitment and workplace consideration. 
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, Process Consultation, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, leadership development methods,, millennials in the workforce, Millennials and manufacturing

Managing Polarities: the basics

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, the art of agreement, leadership arts, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group process, group discernment, executive learning, polarity management

Notes on a Resource: The Objective Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The Objective Leader

How To Leverage The Power Of Seeing Things As They Are

Publishing Information: by Elizabeth R. Thornton, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development, objective reality, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, executive leadership development,, Elizabeth Thornton,, business success

Notes on a Resource: The Tao of Twitter

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The Tao of Twitter

Publishing Information: by Mark Schaefer, McGraw-Hill, 2012

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, notes on a resource, business communication, Executives and Social Media

An organizational leader's sphere of influence: further up and further back

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

A recent interaction with some executive leadership students thinking with me in sessions I'm privileged to facilitate with Christian Leadership Alliance provoked the following thoughts:

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, steward leader, executive coaching, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, executive leader development, long term decision making,

Notes on a Resource: HP Envy X2

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

HP Envy X2

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

Notes on a Resource: Necessary Endings

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Necessary Endings

The employees, businesses, and relationships that all of us have to give up in order to move forward

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

Notes on a Resource: To Wit

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

To Wit

 A sense of humor - A mandatory tool of management

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

Discernment, decision rules and fragmentation: frustration for organizational leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Anyone who leads any type of association where membership/stockholder/board member votes are in play can sympathize with the dilemma faced by leaders of the tiny Gulf States Conference of Mennonite Church USA. You can read the account of their recent losing-and-yet-winning vote here.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, discernmentarian, Art of Agreement, Process consultation and design, organizational process, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group discernment