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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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

Further thoughts on The Golden Rule and Franchising

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

I recently wrote about the Golden Rule and Franchising. A student at Capella University noticed the post in one of the school's LinkedIn pages and wrote a comment.

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Topics: franchising, Process consultation and design, associational systems, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational systems

Organizational development consulting: we might turn you down.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We might turn you down. 
We are not persnickety. We do not like to tell someone no. Still, there are times "No" is the right response.

We find it easier to say no if we are clear that helping an organization succeed is the result we seek rather than getting an organization's money.

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