The Organizational Development Muse

What's your philosophy on fundraising?

Posted by Kim Stezala

What’s your philosophy on fundraising?

Last month I had the opportunity to lead a discussion with scholarship providers about board ownership of fundraising.  I presented three approaches or philosophies about fundraising as

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Topics: kim stezala, stezala consulting, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Design Group International, Fundraising, steward leadership, fundraising philosophy

Resources for boards and decision-making

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

This past Saturday I was privileged to facilitate some training in group decision-making and design for a variety of organizational boards, many of them Christian Care Communities. I tend to call this type of training the Art of Agreement

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Topics: process consulting, board governance, Art of Agreement, board development, group decision making, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Board Education, group process, group discernment

5 Questions With ....David Van Winkle of Ministry Financing Group

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

A blog series we love running is the occasional "5 Questions With...."

This time we interview David Van Winkle, a Founder for Ministry Financing Group, a deeply experienced banker specializing in assisting ministry organizations in landing the best financing package possible for new initiatives and facilities. We ask him 5 Questions

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Topics: process consulting, Stewardship Development, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, stewardism, Design Group International, organizational wisdom, 5 Questions With, ministry financing, capital campaign financing, church financing, David Van Winkle

10 Leadership Development Initiatives That Work

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In a recent workshop with Lutheran church leaders from the Chicago area on leadership development, we emphasized the following:

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Topics: process consulting, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, leadership development, Design Group International, organizational development resources,, Executive Development, leadership development methods,

3 Critical Components of Leadership Development

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The following repost of Dr. Kent R. Wilson's blog provides insight into why we have partnered to establish a Leader2Leader team in Milwaukee. This material was originally posted in the Christian Leadership Alliance blog, the sponsor of Leader2Leader.

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Topics: process consulting, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, leadership development, peer-based consulting teams, Design Group International, Executive Development, Leader2Leader, Peer-based advising

Help other leaders lead meetings more effectively. Please!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

I have a tendency to skim over information that seem like territory I've covered before. Just because I've covered it doesn't mean others have, however. I have to keep getting thunked on the side of my head with painful reminders that just because I know something doesn't mean others do. This is particularly true with presiding over and participating in meetings. If I want to stop wasting time in meetings that don't go anywhere, just avoiding them won't be enough. I have to help others--especially colleagues--learn to be more effective. 

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Topics: process consulting, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, leadership development, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, unproductive meetings, leadership coaching, Leading meetings

Baseline Questions: helping you with organizational development and steward leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In the December issue of Depth Perceptionwe published a set of baseline questions that are more helpful than the self-centered ones we are more likely to ask when faced with problems to solve, people to manage, and opportunities to embrace.

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Topics: process design, Process Consultation, becoming a steward leader, steward leaders, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, steward leadership, organizational decision making, Depth Perception, baseline questions