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2014 Leadership Series

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The 2014 Leadership Series will provide a number of offerings that give participants an opportunity to LEARN, CONNECT, and REFRESH. Both leadership and civic engagement topics will be offered.
If you are interested in these topics or have additional suggestions for future Leadership Series offerings, please contact Eriks Dunens at or by phone at 612-626-5943.

Past Events
A different kind of conversation: ProAction Cafe
Multiple dates and locations - see below
It can be difficult to design creative, action-oriented conversations in workplaces and community contexts. And yet, the benefits of these conversations include mobilizing support, generating new ideas, and unsticking projects that have previously stalled.
ProAction Cafe is one conversation process that can help. ProAction Cafe provides an opportunity for participants to bring their questions and projects forward, cross-pollinate ideas, and offer each other new insights into their work. The process comes out of the Art of Hosting/Art of Participatory Leadership practice and it has been used successfully across the globe in many different contexts.
As a workshop participant, you have the opportunity to:
  • Experience a full ProAction Cafe process
  • Receive feedback and suggestions on the projects and topics you bring
  • Provide help and insight into other participants' work and questions
  • Learn about facilitating this process for others
Dates for this workshop were
  • Fergus Falls, MN - Tuesday, June 10, 2014
  • Thief River Falls, MN - Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • Wilmar, MN - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Motivation: Leading yourself and others
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Duluth, MN

According to Oxford Dictionaries, motivation is the reason or reasons one has for
acting or behaving in a particular way. What are your reasons? What drives you as a leader to take on new challenges, open new doors? What keeps you motivated?
Even more importantly, how do you get others excited, involved, and ready to push on?

Through this workshop, educators Denise Stromme and Lori Rothstein will
demystify motivation, looking at the topic through three lenses:
  • The components of motivation
  • Understanding your own motivations
  • How you can create teams and workplaces that motivate others

Leadership skills for engaging others
Online offering

Do people tune out of meetings? Does the group always head down the same path? Looking for ways to include new people and perspectives in your work? This offering, over three separate webinars, will provide insight into these common situations. In preparation, participants will be invited to watch a short, online presentation in the week before the live webinar. On that day, educators Lisa Hinz
and Jody Horntvedt will lead conversations that invite participants to consider and apply the tools and tips to their real-life situations.

Webinars are offered on the second Friday of September, October, and November.
  • Questioning skills - Friday, September 12 - Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt - It has been said that people move in the direction of their questions. This webinar addresses ways in which questions can serve as tools for leading groups. The webinar will share methods and techniques that can help promote involvement and engage people in reflection, decision-making and other group processes.
  • So, you're leading the meeting. Now what? - Friday, October 10 - Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt - Skills for leading a meeting can be taken for granted - we assume that when we show up, it will all just work out. And yet, we've all been to plenty of poorly run gatherings. Join this webinar to refresh and add to your skills for effective design and facilitation that engages others and gets results too!
  • Going beyond the usual suspects - Friday, November 14 - Jody Horntvedt - Involve new people and new perspectives in your work. In this webinar, we will share ideas for going beyond the usual suspects to recruit and engage a more diverse range of people and perspective from your community or organization. Not sure you need more diversity? Come share your ideas - we can all learn.

Emotional Intelligence: A pathway to self-understanding and improved leadership
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN

As technology, generational gaps, and other factors change the ways people interact, leaders can develop emotional intelligence to help adapt. Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and use emotions to understand others in an effective and meaningful way. How well we develop and use these abilities greatly affects how well we live our lives, do our work and interact in community.
Our Emotional Intelligence workshop participants will take an online assessment
called the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0®).The EQ-i 2.0 is the first scientifically validated instrument to assess emotionally intelligent behavior. Educators Catie Rasmussen and Mike Liepold will provide participants with a deeper understanding of core emotional intelligence skills and help participants create a plan to enhance their skills in building effective relationships, interpersonal growth, and self-management.
Participants will receive a link and instructions for taking the Bar-On Emotional Quotient inventory after the registration deadline on November 10. This assessment must be completed by November 16 for use at the event on November 24.

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