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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Long-sight

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

 
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Management/Leadership Distinction

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

How does one lead without micromanaging, most especially when there is such high risk of liability/failure/ethical compromise?  What distinction can be drawn, really, between that of Management and Leadership, when it comes to function?

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Scapegoating

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Recent work with a client led to developing these thoughts on the act of scapegoating. 

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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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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, 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

An excerpt from "The Selfless Leader:" Courage to Live and Lead Selflessly

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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

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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

An excerpt from "The Selfless Leader:" Self-Aware

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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

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

The Selfless Leader: excerpts from Scott Rodin

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We've been featuring excerpts from the recently released e-book The Selfless Leader. Here is one from Scott Rodin. Previous excerpts from Mark L. Vincent and Dan Busby.

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