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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
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