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Professional development good prep for leadership roles in Extension (2/13/2013)

During the past couple of years the NDSU Extension Leadership Team (ELT) has made a concerted effort to strengthen professional development opportunities available to employees at the county, area and state levels. The overall goal is to support personal and professional development while also supporting organizational needs. Examples include the 7 Habits and Coaching training, the mentoring program, County Office Management training, North Central NELD (National Extension Leadership Development) and PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development). A complete list of opportunities is available at

Each time you take the initiative to attend one of these opportunities or work to complete an advanced degree, you improve your skills and send a message to the organization that you may be interested in additional leadership roles. As our organization grows and changes, opportunities arise for those seeking leadership roles. I encourage you to visit with your supervisor if you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree or one or more of the options in the professional development opportunities list.

Today I am pleased to announce that Jodi Bruns will begin to provide leadership for new staff orientation and professional development as Margaret Tweten steps down from this role. Jodi’s experience as Horizons Coach, ELT administrative intern, interim district director, participation in PILD and NELD, and completion of her Master’s degree have prepared  her to be highly effective in this role. Jodi has taken the initiative to build her leadership capacity, and we are pleased to have her serve in this 0.2 FTE role. (The majority of her time will continue to be on county programming.) We look forward to Jodi continuing our efforts to strengthen new staff training and support organizational management needs in general.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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