The Organizational Development Muse

The Steward Leader and the Challenge of Nontraditional Funding

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, Foundations of resource raising, fiscal responsibility, board development, Christian Leadership Alliance, Stewardship Development, steward leader, stewardism, denominational funding, associational systems, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Fiscal Health, Executive Development, Five Stewardship Confusions,

The Steward Leader Needs Deep Community

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, steward leader, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, David Van Winkle

"The Selfless Leader" is released this week.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

We often provide resource reviews on Fridays, but this week we announce one where our CEO - Mark L. Vincent -- participated in its making.

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Topics: stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Executive Development, the selfless leader, selfless leadership,

An ode to money

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

First published in 2005 in Depth Perception - a pre-blog publication of Design Group International

An Ode to Money

If money makes the world go round,
then it is the reason I'm dizzy,
I'm overworked and spent afore earnt,
frantically spending a-tizzy.
And if money does not grow on trees,
then no wonder it's a labor;
working a lifetime to earn for me,
with hardly a cent for my neighbor.

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Topics: stewardship studies, philanthropy, stewardship education, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

A new stewardship direction: towards out of the box thinking

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Gary Moore, a long-time friend, offers forward thinking for investors, particularly those with a Christian and ethical persuasion. He recently offered these thoughts on cultivating generosity and agreed to let us post them here. The Omega Plan curriculum  he refers to is also offered through the comprehensive approach to stewardship cultivation, Open Hands Open Hearrts that Design Group International helped to develop.

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Topics: gary moore, stewardship studies, stewardship services, Stewardship Development, stewardship education, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

5 Questions With ....David Van Winkle of Ministry Financing Group

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

A blog series we love running is the occasional "5 Questions With...."

This time we interview David Van Winkle, a Founder for Ministry Financing Group, a deeply experienced banker specializing in assisting ministry organizations in landing the best financing package possible for new initiatives and facilities. We ask him 5 Questions

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Topics: process consulting, Stewardship Development, Organizational Development. effective nonprofit ma, stewardism, Design Group International, organizational wisdom, 5 Questions With, ministry financing, capital campaign financing, church financing, David Van Winkle

Unfortunately Fortunate: Does organizational leadership connect to human flourishing?

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The following invites reflection from organizational leaders. Are we part of these problems or part of the solution? If our employees face these circumstances, it certainly affects employee productivity and well-being!

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Topics: Profit Environment, process consulting, organizational development, Human Factors, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Human resources

Successful Succession: continuous organizational leadership

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

This post, first published several years ago has been updated....

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Topics: organizational development consulting, leadership succession, succession, contextual leaders, King David, ending well, Joshua, leadership arts, King Solomon, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational life cycle

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

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

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, steward leaders, Organizational Leadership, stewardism, executive leadership, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, executive case studies, leadership wisdom

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,