Session Topics

understanding leadership & lea county

This introduction to basic community leadership exposes participants to the concept of exemplary “leadership practices.”  Participants self-assess in terms of these practices and explore ways to apply their capabilities collectively to community work. Participants also understand and apply an asset-based approach to community assessment and use this learning to inform organizational planning and program development.

emergenetics®

The Emergenetics® Profile (Emergenetics®) is a behavior and thinking profile that is rooted in the concept that who you are today is the emergence of your behavior, genetic makeup, and life experiences. Emergenetics® provides a clear way to understand this intersection of nature and nurture through the Emergenetics® profile, built on four thinking attributes and three behavioral attributes that every person exhibits.

This session is extremely beneficial, because it provides insights on how to best communicate with people who think and behave differently than what you may be most comfortable with. It also provides an in-depth view into your own thinking and behavior patterns that allow you to understand why it may be easier to more difficult to work with certain people.

effective communication & presentation skills

Helps leaders communicate more effectively with others in order to achieve community goals.  The initial focus is placed on individual communication styles.  Then the concept of “dialogue” is introduced as a tool for developing mutual understanding.  Participants are invited to consider how they can move from “talk” to “dialogue” and from dialogue to action.

group dynamics, collaborative decision making, & conducting effective meetings

Group dynamics involves participants in activities designed to enhance their knowledge about effective and ineffective groups, various stages of group development, and the differing roles leaders and followers play when they function in groups.  They are afforded an opportunity to practice group skills by working together to achieve a common goal.  They are also introduced to what motivates people to get involved in their community.

The collaborative decision making prepares leaders with skills to engage community members in decision-making processes that ensure balanced input and engender a sense of shared responsibility. Participants will learn about several decision-making models and share experiences they have had with them.  Next, they will learn how to identify stakeholders who could be involved in decision-making and how to conduct a stakeholder analysis. Finally, the participants will learn two group decision-making strategies that can be applied in their own community work.

Conducting effective meetings helps participants gain a better understanding of what contributes to successful and unsuccessful meetings.  They review the purpose of different kinds of community meetings and are given an opportunity to refine their skills in planning and leading meetings.

cultural sensitivity

Participants will learn about cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. Participants identify their individual and organizational capacity for working with diverse constituencies and learn strategies for working with different population groups.

Participants will learn a model of conversing in order to pursue mutual understanding rather than agreement or creation of immediate solutions. Dialogue is distinct from debate and advocacy.  Often after the Dialogue is complete, participants decide next steps such as deliberation, mediation and other problem solving processes.

managing conflict

Explores aspects of conflict and its implication for communities.  Participants will discuss positive aspects of conflict, examine individual conflict management styles and review conflict resolution models.

Participants will learn a model of conversing in order to pursue mutual understanding rather than agreement or creation of immediate solutions. Dialogue is distinct from debate and advocacy.  Often after the Dialogue is complete, participants decide next steps such as deliberation, mediation and other problem solving processes.

multi-generational issues

This session takes a dive into the differences between generations. Participants discuss the positive and negative attributes of generations from the Silent to the Millennial generations. This is a highly interactive session that also demonstrates the strengths each generation has to offer in order to make a community stronger and more resilient.

nonprofit 101

Participants will develop an understanding of nonprofit leadership and identify personal leadership strengths and growth opportunities. Participants will learn the difference between leadership and management, understand the importance of mission-centered leadership, and gain increased understanding of their own leadership style.

personal action plan

This is the final session, where participants take time to self-reflect on what skills they have gained throughout the program and where they can put those skills to use in a community leadership capacity. They also get exposed to community organizations such as local government, non-profits, school board, chambers, etc. to learn more about what their role is and how a participant can get involved.