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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International enterprise: Do you know your fundamentalisms?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Over the last fiteen years I've slowly been reading vol 1 of the now 6 volumes of The Fundamentalism Project. While academics take the most joy in reading ponderous volumes with extensive bibliographies, esteemed historian Martin Marty's essay at the back is the one every organizational leader should read--especially those who head global enterprise.

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Topics: organizational learning, Process consultation and design, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, Global Enterprise

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

Loop de Loop de Loop: leading toward organizational wisdom

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational learning, organizational development consulting, emell vee, triple loop learning, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, organizational wisdom

The Steward Leader Does Not Know Everything

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The designation of Steward Leader is becoming more widely known. The Steward Leader believes they are granted a trust for the welfare of the organization they serve and all who connect to it. The Steward Leader, therefore, takes the long view of personal and organizational transformation. They are happy for short-term gains, but only with the long-view in mind.

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