Posts Tagged ‘Design Group International’

Practice Keeping It Simple By Mark L. Vincent

YES, You Can Keep It Simple Simple living can be a significant challenge for a leader. Whether you are a Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director or even interim CEO, you are responsible for the whole of the organization. Nobody else shares the responsibility for the complexity of the whole at the level you do, Even…

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An Advent Reflection By Mark L. Vincent

An Advent Reflection for Steward Leaders The acts of worship in which we engage during Advent are also ways we remember. But what exactly are we remembering? Remembering Lorie White tulips were Lorie’s favorite flower. We had hundreds of long-stemmed ones at her standing-room-only memorial service that people could take home in her memory. She’s…

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Future Value and the Nonprofit Leader By Mark L. Vincent

Have you considered the future value you bring as a nonprofit leader? If you are a nonprofit leader who intends the organization to continue beyond your steward leadership, you must solve for future value. And yet, the idea of future value seems somehow tinged for many nonprofit leaders. Some seem to feel that a focus…

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Relationships and Covenant By Mark L. Vincent

A Reflection on the Importance of Relationships and Covenant The family, colleague, and client relationships in which I am immersed reflect a whole kaleidoscope of backgrounds, personalities, convictions, and skills. I live in holy covenant with these people I love, pledged to support, encourage, think, and share in the ups and downs.  Sometimes this is…

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Time Orientation By Mark L. Vincent

Time Orientation – A Steward Leader Reflection Time orientation is one of those surprises that creeps up when groups have decisions to make and find that although they seem to be having the same conversation, they are not. Case in point: An instruction manual needs to be developed for a new consumer/client product. Can’t you just hear…

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The Perception of Busy By Mark L. Vincent

What is Your Perception of Busy? “You are so busy!” “Thank you for taking the time because I know you are a busy person.” “I didn’t want to bother you because you are busy.” Leaders hear these expressions ad nauseam. Being told they are busy actually adds to leader busyness because they have to take…

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The Blessing for Those Who Mourn By Mark L. Vincent

Claim the Blessing for Those Who Mourn   Today I claim the blessing for those of us who mourn, that we might be comforted. Watching a news report the day after Barack Obama’s first-term inauguration, I heard a fashion critic commenting on the choices of Michelle and daughters as they dressed for the inauguration and the…

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The Power of Modeling By Mark L. Vincent

  The model you show is your base of power. It brings and holds power more than what you know or who you know. Over and over education experts tell us that lecturing is the worst kind of teaching model and that modeling behavior is best–especially if one wishes their leadership to be respected and…

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Five Years of Patience By Mark L. Vincent

What does 5 years of patience require? The apostle James gives us an admonition folks seem to be fond of quoting during Pandemic Time: “Now listen to me, you that say, ’Today or tomorrow we will travel to a certain city, where we will stay a year and go into business and make a lot…

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Pushing the Reset Button By Mark L. Vincent

Pushing the Reset Button in Three Clear Steps When we make major life adjustments, really reset or transform something, it involves three steps: Stopping the direction, we are going. Re-orienting to the new direction, we believe we need to go. Moving in a corrected direction. A Practical Lesson in Pushing Reset A couple of years…

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