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Educator Corner: Building skills to follow

Educator Corner is a new feature on the blog that will appear monthly. Each entry will feature 1 of the 9 Leadership and Civic Engagement educators from around the state providing space for their thoughts on what is happening in their work that may be useful for leaders practicing in their communities and organizations.


I recently visited with people in a community as they discussed their future. The conversation moved to this statement - "If we only had more leaders..." This mindset is one that I, too, get caught up in. But over the past two years I started focusing on teaching skills for following as part of leadership training. So what is it all about?

It's as simple as this. Without followers, who would leaders lead? When it comes to leadership, it is important for leaders to understand the concept of followership in order to be more effective as leaders.

Researchers have studied the relationship between leaders and followers for years. Robert E. Kelley, author o…

Opportunity: Doing Business Online webinar series

If you are a manager, owner, or social media staff of a small business or nonprofit, consider this webinar series. Participants will learn about strategically using online tools to have a more effective online presence. The cost of $40 allows you to attend as many live webinars as possible from the available six.. For information on dates and time, visit the Doing Business Online information page.

Topics will include:Managing online reviewsMobile eMarketingLocation based servicesSocial media for businessGetting listed higher in Google search resultsUsing analytics to inform business decisions


Opportunity: Health Grants and Facilitation Practice

Two neat chances to impact your communities and support your work!

The first is a funding opportunity for community-based organizations that want to use community engagement as a key strategy for reducing tobacco use, heart disease, and preventable cancers.

Why focus on engagement? People are a key ingredient to creating change in their own community. For that reason community members who care about, or are impacted by, the issue at hand should be included in the execution and success of creating community health change. Examples of community engagement include garnering input, cultivating leadership, and growing participation of community members.

The deadline to apply is October 25, 2013 so check out the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota website for more information and the link to apply.

The second is an opportunity to learn and practice an engagement technique for hosting conversations:
The World Cafe Learning Program event is a 3-day practicum and workshop designed to deep…

Alumni Gather, Consider How to Make an Impact

In late September, alumni of the U-Lead Advisory Academy, a leadership cohort provided by University of Minnesota Extension, met in St. Cloud to determine how best to apply their skills in their communities given new trends throughout Minnesota. As part of the day, Jane Tigan from Minnesota Compass provided information about how the state's population and workforce are changing.

If you are wanting to see data and trends for your region, check out the Minnesota Compass site. How might you use this information to inform your work and action?