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This article was originally published in the Tribune-Star on February 17, 2018. ‘Leader’ is defined as a person to guide a way by going in advance. Leadership is an important function of management, which helps to maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals. The following points justify the importance of leadership. Effective leaders are architects – providing …
No one likes to sit through a bad meeting. Many of us can point to things we don’t like about the meetings we attend that are not productive: The purpose is unclear It feels unorganized Someone dominates the conversation We never seem to get anywhere The meeting is too long! If you had a magic …
Congratulations to the inaugural class of Leadership Vigo County, a program provided by Purdue Extension Vigo County, who graduated earlier this month! The graduation ceremony was held at Launch Terre Haute in The Deming and included an inspirational leadership message from Richard Payonk, United Way of the Wabash Valley Executive Director. Payonk encouraged the group …
Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program offers participants the opportunity to make a difference in their home towns by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to serve in leadership roles.  As a Regional Educator in Community Development, I have had the opportunity to contribute to the program in several ways, including serving as the …
Purdue Extension’s new Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) program is now accepting applications for the inaugural community action planning meetings. This new program guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally driven natural resource management strategies and policy. Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and …
An Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces Workshop was held last week with Bartholomew County’s Anderson Falls Park as the focus.  Although it features a stunning waterfall and a 44-acre DNR Nature Preserve, Anderson Falls Park suffers from the challenges of an isolated location and a limited general fund budget.  Seventeen interested community leaders and …
Leadership Vigo County launched its inaugural class with 10 participants on August 25 at the West Vigo Library. The sessions are all hosted by Kristi Whitacre, Vigo County Community Development Educator. The first session was facilitated by Kristi and Heather Strohm, Regional Educator. Participants learned key characteristics of effective leaders and defined what community leadership means. They also learned some …
The first Leadership Jasper County class graduated recently. Sixteen individuals representing a wide variety of careers and all parts of the county were enrolled in the class, and over 40 local representatives assisted in the program, serving on panels and as speakers, advisory board members and more. Additionally, seven Extension Educators were involved as presenters …
Congratulations to the 15 graduates of Leadership Clinton County 2016 on completing 44 hours of training in conflict management, navigating difference, interpersonal communication and leadership style analysis, while gaining exposure to how economic development, education, healthcare and local government work in Clinton County. The Clinton County Community Foundation supplied the seed funding for this program with the …
The sun was shining as The Beef House banquet room filled with sponsors, committee members and participants of Leadership Vermillion County. Twelve dedicated and motivated members of Vermillion County have been working hard since Sept. 9 to learn how to apply their skills and abilities to make Vermillion County a better place to live, work …