Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to participate in a Web conference of the North Central Administrative Conference titled, “Leading in Tough Times.” Patrick Cudney, district coordinator for Michigan State University Extension District 3 provided a synopsis of MSUE’s changes as part of the Web conference. Kathy Foerster helped in organizing this innovative approach to a conference that normally involves several days of travel, lodging, meals and other expenses. I participated in a panel of Extension directors, who each explained some of the rationale behind changes underway in each of our states.
For me, the highlight of the Web conference was a presentation on change given by Steve Siemens. It was clearly intended as an inspirational presentation, and it worked very well for me. A recording of his presentation is available at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p34583573/. The presentation lasts about an hour, and I found it to be especially helpful in seeing that changes we’re going through, as difficult as they are, are not only inevitably a sign of our times, but also an opportunity unlike any we’ll likely have again in our careers. That doesn’t mean it makes what we’re going through any easier, but it sure told me that some of the feelings we’re experiencing are normal responses to change and being aware of them helps us to adapt and respond positively to the opportunities we’re given. I’d be interested in your thoughts about his presentation – please share them by commenting on my blog.