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

Peer-based advising. Should you take a pass?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Why do executive leaders take a pass on peer-based advising?
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Topics: organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational leaders, Peer-based advising, CEO peer-based advising,, executive leader development

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

Leaders drive organizational culture: reflections above the Mediterranean

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The shoreline of the Mediterranean sea can be seen from the right side of the jet I’m riding in as I write this. It is beautiful, even from this height.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development firm, leadership arts, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, executive leader development

Opening up the organizational can: Organizational design should continue to evolve

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Truth be told, even after several decades of Silicon Valley leading the way, and an incredible amount of research demonstrating the power of teams and an empowered work force, the majority of organizations are stuck in the authoritarian model of old (especially manufacturing), or even more stuck in the hyper-democratic models that tried to offer a correction in the last half of the 20th century (especially charities and denominational bodies).

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, Organizational Governance, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational systems, open vs. closed organizational systems

Thank you Sepp Blatter - putting succession front and center

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Outcomes  magazine from Christian Leadership Alliance just published an article of mine on the importance of succession. With Sepp Blatter's FIFA (non)resignation, the timing could not have been better for putting this issue that confounds so many leaders front, center and global.
In Blatter's case, we are being the shown how to make all the succession mistakes, compounding one upon another, and being lived in front of the planet in vivid 24 hour ever-evolving news cycles.
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Topics: process consulting, organizational development firm, leadership succession, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, executive leadership development,, ethical leadership, executive case studies, business ethics

Inbound marketing as servant, not master

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We’ve been paying attention to the evolution of inbound marketing and the use of content to drive visibility. Design Group International adopted a content-based marketing strategy early and continue a frequency of blog posting, article writing and white paper development located on our site, and even more importantly, on the platform of other organizations who are our colleagues and clients. Senior Consultant Matthew Thomas has been particularly prolific of late.
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Topics: process consulting, client centered, Process consultation and design, content and context, context and content, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, inbound marketing, process vs. sales

Decision Making Speed of the Executive Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

In the online classes I teach on executive leadership, we often discuss paradoxes leaders must embrace. One such paradox is that the decision-making speed demanded of executive leaders is both fast and slow.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development firm, executive coaching, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, Executive Development

An excerpt from "The Selfless Leader:" Leading for Others

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Last in a series of excerpts from the recently released e-book The Selfless Leader. Previous excerpts are from Jo Anne Lyon, Mark L. VincentDan Busby Tim Hanifen, Tim Walberg and Scott Rodin. Here is one from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Topics: Process Consultation, Scott Rodin, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, selfless leadership,, self-aware leader, Tim Hanifen, Leadership courage

An excerpt from "The Selfless Leader:" A tool for selfless leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We've been featuring excerpts from the recently released e-book The Selfless Leader. Previous excerpts are from Jo Anne Lyon, Mark L. VincentDan Busby Tim Hanifen and Scott Rodin. Here is one from Congressman Tim Walberg

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Topics: Process Consultation, Scott Rodin, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, selfless leadership,, self-aware leader, Leadership courage