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We are NDSU Extension Service: Teamwork (12/7/2015)

This is the eleventh in a series of blog posts to highlight key information about our Extension organization’s culture. The focus of this post is teamwork.

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." –Michael Jordan

The NDSU Bison football team is famous for winning national championships! As they “Drive For Five,” what is the thing that makes them more successful than other teams in their division? Teamwork! They use a cohesive team to win games. Each team they play has strengths and weaknesses, and the Bison coaching staff and players use their team and teamwork to outmatch their competitors.

The NDSU Extension Service is a group of individuals working as team to achieve a common vision: to create learning partnerships that help adults and youth enhance their lives and communities.

While NDSU Extension has some of the best talent available, we know that our individual efforts and talent are not enough to “win,” and achieve our purpose and maintain relevancy to our constituency. It takes a true team effort from needs assessment to program development, program delivery to evaluation compilation, and development of impact statements and reporting of successes. It takes a team of talented Extension workers to complete the task and win the game!

It is vital we understand our individual and colleagues’ strengths and weaknesses. Part of having a successful team is being able to weave our talents with one another’s. It is also important for team members to assist other teammates when challenges arise in their effort. Teamwork takes sacrifice—sacrifice for each other to bring out the best in each other.

NDSU Extension Service is a winning team!  The challenge is to maintain the winning effort while advancing the Extension vison. To preserve our winning heritage, it will take hard work, talent, teamwork and intelligence. Are you up for the challenge?

Lisa Pederson, Beef Quality Specialist and Administrative Intern

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