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Showing posts from January, 2014

Looking for something fun? Try 2014 Winterfest

McLeod for Tomorrow, a nonprofit that grew out of an Extension leadership cohort, puts on the Winterfest. Many of the leadership alumni are actively involved in this great community event. Consider attending for a wide variety of activities and fun!

Opportunity: Community Innovation Grants available

Want to try something new and different in your community that solves problems and will lead to more effective, and equitable, solutions? Consider applying for a Community Innovation Grant, being offered by the Bush Foundation.

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 are available for nonprofit organization and government entities that are willing to test new solutions to community challenges. Applications are being accepted through March 13, 2014.

To learn more, visit

Educator Corner: Influence - Activating personal power

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

"I don't have the positional power to make this happen."

I recently heard this comment from a person who was interested in getting others in the community involved in a local project. As our conversation continued she went on to say, "I can get people to say yes simply because my personal relationship with them. Personally, they wouldn't think of saying no if I asked them to participate." Granted this leader had little or no positional power but had a tremendous amount of personal power.

Don't underestimate your ability to influence others even when you lack positional power. I am starkly reminded of this with the recent death of Nelson Mandela, former preside…