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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Help other leaders lead meetings more effectively. Please!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

I have a tendency to skim over information that seem like territory I've covered before. Just because I've covered it doesn't mean others have, however. I have to keep getting thunked on the side of my head with painful reminders that just because I know something doesn't mean others do. This is particularly true with presiding over and participating in meetings. If I want to stop wasting time in meetings that don't go anywhere, just avoiding them won't be enough. I have to help others--especially colleagues--learn to be more effective. 

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8 lessons learned from leiomyosarcoma: a spouse's list

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Our book Fighting Disease Not Death: Finding a Way Through Lifelong Struggle is being widely read. Lorie has been speaking at a number of churches (about once monthly is what she feels she can manage), and will speak next at First Baptist Beloit, Wisconsin on Sunday 19, February. Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort!

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