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2015 Leadership Series

The 2015 Leadership Series provides a number of offerings that give participants an opportunity to LEARN, CONNECT, and REFRESH.
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
Creating connection in your personal and community lives
June 4 and June 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online offering

This two part webinar examines how creating positive relationships can increase well-being for individuals and communities. Extension Educators Denise Stromme and Lori Rothstein, working from Dr. Martin Seligman's five part model for well-being, will teach participants how they as leaders can foster a culture where even small connections create positive impacts on the people, communities, and work they encounter.

Participants will leave the webinar with practical strategies that can be
implemented in one's personal life, as well as in community organizations and workplaces.

By registering, participants are committing to attending both parts of the webinar. Each one is unique and the second will build upon what is covered in the first.

Emotional Intelligence: A pathway to self-understanding and improved leadership
August 11, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
River's Edge Convention Center
10 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Back by popular demand.

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.

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. Extension 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 Monday, July 27, 2015. The assessment must be completed by August 4, 2015.

Leading ourselves through change 
Online offering

Dealing with change can be one of the most difficult challenges leaders encounter when working with others. This three-part webinar series offers practical tools, engaging insights, and stories that will help leaders successfully lead themselves and others through change.

Webinars are offered on the second Friday of September, October, and November from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
  • Our immunity to change - Friday, September 11 - Brian Fredrickson - Change is difficult, but can people and organizations become immune to it? New research suggests that the majority of the population develop a hidden immune system that can prevent long-term adoption of change. Subconscious or hidden competing commitments and assumptions deep within the brain are often the cause. In this webinar, Extension Educator Brian Fredrickson will introduce the process of immunity mapping which exposes competing commitments and assumptions and helps unlock the ability to take on new behaviors that better align with effective leadership. Participants will leave with strategies to help bridge the gap between the intention to change and the actions taken to make it happen.
  • Our brains on change - Friday, October 9 - Lisa Hinz -
    Recent research in neuroscience and psychology have demystified how people make choices and respond to change. The research suggests that change really is pain - that the brain signals discomfort and fear when overwhelmed with transition and new circumstances. In this webinar, Extension Educator Lisa Hinz will get practical, focusing on specific actions and practices that can help participants work on change for themselves and when working with others.
  • Our leadership through change - Friday, November 13 - Jody Horntvedt - Successful leaders know the value of assessing the context where they are leading, knowing their part in that context, and using their leadership skills to lead through change.
    In this webinar, Extension Educator Jody Horntvedt will review each component of successful change leadership and teach tactics for moving the knowledge into action.

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