The Organizational Development Muse

Legacy trumps history

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Adapted from the previous Design Group International publication The Appriser in 2010.

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Topics: Process consultation and design, leadership succession, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, executive leadership development,, business success, leadership legacy

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

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

Discernment, decision rules and fragmentation: frustration for organizational leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Anyone who leads any type of association where membership/stockholder/board member votes are in play can sympathize with the dilemma faced by leaders of the tiny Gulf States Conference of Mennonite Church USA. You can read the account of their recent losing-and-yet-winning vote here.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, discernmentarian, Art of Agreement, Process consultation and design, organizational process, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational decision making, group discernment

Is the traditional concept of “career” still useful? If not, then what?

Posted by Walter Sawatzky

In the brief span of my lifetime, the term “career” has evolved from meaning something respectably akin to “lifelong vocation” to now designating a temporary choice college-age adults make to satisfy their guidance counselors and parents.  Granted, that is a slight exaggeration but stay with me!

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, their “Numbers Guy”, Carl Bialik asked: “Do Americans really go through careers like they do cars or refrigerators?” He goes on to say based on his research that much of what we hear points to growing job instability and increased autonomy of workers. Among the most-repeated claims is that the average U.S. worker will have many careers—seven is the most widely cited number—in his or her lifetime.

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, executive coaching, Design Group International, walter sawatzky,, organizaional development, vocation vs career, executive transitions, career vs vocation

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, Global Business, Fundamentalism Project

Giving the Design Group International CEO talk

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Today begins the 2014 annual conference for Design Group International. For the past couple of years I've given a state of the company presentation. As a result, we time the release of this blog post until after that session is over. We wouldn't want to give anything away!

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, organizational development firm, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

Organizational Leaders: A Need to Embrace Imprecision

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We are so deep into the 1s and 0s, the ons and offs, of the digital age that we have become resistant to imprecision. If it isn't in the data field it doesn't exist. If it isn't in the inventory record there is no point schlepping to the storeroom to see if something was returned or recently delivered. If a mapping app gets us lost we are powerless to navigate by our environment. In endless ways now we want an application to provide control over our moments rather than respond to them.  We are outsourcing our very selves.
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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development, Process consultation and design, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, organizational clarity

Organizational Leaders should choke down at least one epic

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Organizational leaders need to read an epic every once in a while. It doesn't have to be all that dry or joyless an expeierence. They could read Colleen McCullough's multi-volume work of historic fiction surrounding the life and times of Julius Caesar. They could work through a James Michener take on some part of the world (my favorite was Texas).  Or, it could be an historical work like The history of private life, How the Scots invented the modern world, or the current one I'm reading, Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton.

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Topics: process consulting, Process consultation and design, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational wisdom

Introducing: wheel forward or spiral downward

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Wheel forward or spiral downward

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Topics: organizational development, Process consultation and design, kim stezala, stezala consulting, wheel forward or spiral downward, strategic planning methods, strategic planning, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International