The Organizational Development Muse

Loving leaders into their steward vocation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

My family story is one of holding our household together through my wife's long battle with leiomyosarcoma. Eighteen occurrences in sixteen years is a lot for anyone. We've made it this far, raising our children and now enjoying being grandparents, while building Design Group International, completing research projects related to graduate education, and finding ways to enjoy life, however constricted it might feel.

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Topics: process design, process consulting, becoming a steward leader, steward leader, executive coaching, Uterine metastatic leiomyosarcoma, stewardship based leadership, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, leiomyosarcoma, Leader to Leader, Executive Development, Leader2Leader, Peer-based advising, peer-based executive teams, Executive peer-based advising

Organizational Leadership and Reflective Conversation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We all grow tired of phrases. In addition to the way overused "sit back and relax and enjoy the flight," one I would like to retire is "a heartbeat away from the presidency."  With grave respect for the ways in which people pass away may I suggest the following alternatives?

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Topics: organizational development firm, heartbeat away from the presidency, journalism, negative politics, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership

What's your philosophy on fundraising?

Posted by Kim Stezala

What’s your philosophy on fundraising?

Last month I had the opportunity to lead a discussion with scholarship providers about board ownership of fundraising.  I presented three approaches or philosophies about fundraising as

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Topics: kim stezala, stezala consulting, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, Design Group International, Fundraising, steward leadership, fundraising philosophy

Fear, inattention and overwhelming complexity: 3 common executive leader dynamics.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

This week--most like any other week--was filled with figuring it out.

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Topics: process design, process consulting, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, organizational development resources,

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

CEO conversations: connecting money with time.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

I was with a ministry CEO last week who hoped to see a greater degree of voluntarism in his organization. He was asked if he had a volunteer time budget and that was a new concept to him--to actually quantify the likely number of volunteer hours currently available to him and then how they were being allocated in support of the organization's mission.  Those in conversation with him encouraged him to strategically optimize the volunteer hours currently available so that there would be more integrity and realism in the appeals for new volunteers.

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Topics: process consulting, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, organizational development resources,, executive leadership development,

Choosing and using your leadership theory

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development firm, Organizational Leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, leadership theories

The Audacity of Steward Leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

I pulled up a 2012 Richard Branson interview in Inc. Magazine this week.  The article is titled "Sir Audacity."  I was struck by this quote about entrepreneurs:   

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Topics: process design, process consulting, organizational development firm, entrepreneurship, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, Audacious Leadership, richard branson,

Public Communication Regarding Money: The Steward Leader

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

I was privileged to hear President James Nieman from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago talk with graduating students during a retreat.  His subject was money and how important it is for clergy to communicate about it. The insights offered are useful for all organizational leaders regardless of the type of organization they serve, and regardless of their religious practice.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, Design Group International, steward leadership, generosity cultivation, A Christian view of money, Teaching a Christian view of money, James Nieman,, Public Communication about Money,, Communicating about money,

Farewelling - saying goodbye properly as an interim leader

Posted by Arlen Vernava

Design Group International celebrates the release of Senior Consultant Arlen Vernava's brief white paper "Farewell: the practice of interim-time abundance" with this excerpt:

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, interim leadership, arlen vernava, Design Group International, interim executive, steward leadership, iterim ministry, farewelling