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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Learn - What makes a community livable

What makes a community livable? Author Jay Walljasper has been visiting towns across Minnesota to find out. The Center for Rural and Policy and Development sat down and interviewed Jay to hear what insights he has to offer. Check out the two part interview:

Part 1

Part 2

Photo credit Flickr user nessamarie

Friday, August 21, 2015

Opportunity - 5K Glow Run to benefit McLeod for Tomorrow

Get some exercise and benefit a good cause! McLeod for Tomorrow, a local group that develops leaders in its county, is having a fund-raising run. Be ready to be bright and active on September 19, 2015 in Hutchinson. Adult and youth registration forms are located on the McLeod for Tomorrow website. See you there!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Event recap - Emotional Intelligence: A pathway to improved self-understanding and leadership

In St. Cloud on August 11, community leaders from across the region joined together to learn about emotional intelligence, its connection to leadership, and ways for them to improve their emotional intelligence.

Research Daniel Goleman has defined emotional intelligence as "the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically."

Emotional intelligence impacts the way we relate to others, understand the world, and make decisions. Educators Catie Rasmussen and Mike Liepold facilitated 21 community leaders, helping them learn more about themselves. They worked individually and collaboratively to identify the ways that they could use their strengths in their work and volunteer lives.

Everyone also had a chance to identify a path to increase their emotional intelligence, focusing on three core tenets: 1) You have to want to improve 2) Pick one to two areas to focus on and 3) Find a model who displays those behaviors.

To learn more about emotional intelligence and its relationship to leadership, check out this Forbes article from January 2015.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Learn - Exploring Non-Traditional Leadership

Over at the Leadership Learning Collaborative blog, they posted a great read by Jah'Shams Abdul-Mu'min about his experience and research into world cultures and their leadership models. Here is a great quote from the article:
Non-Traditional Leaders are infectious change agents whose leadership credibility emerges from the cultural, economic, spiritual, and social conditions that shape their community. They are men, women, young people, and elders whose unique experiences and skills allow them to work across different cultural boundaries. Non-Traditional Leaders inspire positive change with startling speed because they know what is going on; can bring people together; and can provide specific information, and identify assets in the community.
This one is worth taking the five minutes to read and reflect upon.

Photo credit Flickr user Tassieeye

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Opportunity - Native Nation Rebuilders

Are you a citizen of one of the 23 Native nations throughout the three state region of Minnesota, North Dakota, or South Dakota? If so, check out this opportunity from the Bush Foundation
We’re accepting applications for our seventh cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders. It’s open to anyone who is a tribal citizen of the 23 Nations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota over the age of 25. The application deadline is Thursday, August 27 (closes at Noon Central/ 11:00 a.m. Mountain).

The Native Nation Rebuilders program is a two-year cohort-based program designed to inspire, equip and connect leaders from the 23 Native nations in the Bush Foundation’s region.
 For more information, visit the Bush Foundation's page about the program.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Register for Emotional Intelligence, Change events

Time is dwindling to register for the event Emotional Intelligence: A pathway to self--understanding and improved leadership. If you want to learn what your emotional intelligence score is and how you can develop it, register now while seats are still available. Registration closes Monday, July 27, 2015.

On the flip side, registration is just opening today for the three-part webinar series on Leading ourselves through change. With a webinar covering different angles of how leadership relates to and influences change happening in September, October, and November, you can register for one, two, or all three. Register here.

For full details, dates, locations, and cost for both events, visit the 2015 Leadership Series page.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Learn - 7 Key Lessons for Addressing Racism in Communities

Minnesota Compass has done a great job of letting Minnesotans know that the demographics of communities across Minnesota are rapidly diversifying. An unfortunate result of the shift is racism directed to some of our new Minnesotans. How can communities try to address racism in a meaningful way?

Everyday Democracy, a group that works to promote positive community change, shared their 7 main lessons from over 25 years of experience across the country. Check out their post to get the tips and read further about how they address it at a personal and community level.
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