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The Steward Leader and the Challenge of Nontraditional Funding

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 10, 2017 7:30:00 AM

The following is a presentation made this past week at the Christian Leadership Alliance's Conference in Dallas, TX. It was part of a summit on Steward Leadership. Portions of what you will find below include input from summit participants.

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Topics: process consulting, fiscal responsibility, board development, denominations, Stewardship Development, stewardism, associational systems, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Fiscal Health, steward leadership, Executive Development, Five Stewardship Confusions

The Steward Leader Needs Deep Community

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jan 11, 2017 6:28:00 AM

Over the years, we've turned, repeatedly, to the subject of Steward Leadership, especially as articulated in Scott Rodin's book on the Steward Leader.  I've been privileged to support this work through some writing contributions to other titles:

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Topics: process consulting, it begins with design, Matthew Thomas, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, David Van Winkle

Loving leaders into their steward vocation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on May 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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, executive coaching, stewardship based leadership, Convene, peer-based consulting teams, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, leiomyosarcoma, Executive Development, Peer-based advising, peer-based executive teams, Executive peer-based advising

Organizational Leadership and Reflective Conversation

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 9, 2015 7:30:00 AM

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 consulting, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership

An organizational leader's sphere of influence: further up and further back

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 5, 2015 8:28:52 AM

A recent interaction with some executive leadership students thinking with me in sessions I'm privileged to facilitate with Christian Leadership Alliance provoked the following thoughts:

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive coaching, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, organizational decision making, long term decision making

What's your philosophy on fundraising?

Posted by Kim Stezala on Dec 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

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 on Nov 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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 on Sep 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

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

Arianna Huffington learned to "Thrive." Can CEOs learn this lesson sooner?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 6, 2014 6:00:00 AM

BizTimes Milwaukee recently reviewed Arianna Huffington's book Thrivewhere she recounts her story of learning to balance life better after nearly working herself to death in building her business.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, Organizational Leadership, stewardism, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, executive case studies, leadership wisdom

CEO conversations: connecting money with time.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Jul 23, 2014 5:30:00 AM

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, executive leadership, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership, organizational development resources

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