Here’s your chance to shape FEC speaker’s message

I’m excited to let you know that Keith Smith, director of the Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, OSU associate vice president for agricultural administration and associate dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, has just agreed to speak on the organizational culture of Extension at Fall Extension Conference (FEC), which takes place Nov. 5-6 at the Kellogg Center.

This is great news, not only because Dr. Smith is an excellent speaker, but also because we have the opportunity to help shape his message specifically to Michigan State University Extension. How is that possible? As you know from emails sent out from my office and from human resources director Nancy Axtell, MSU Extension is working with the other states in the North Central Region to take part in the North Central Region Extension Organizational Culture Survey. Dr. Smith heads that very survey and he will use the keynote address at FEC to give us direct results on the Michigan portion of the survey. Our level of participation in that survey will influence the relevance of the talk. What we put in will determine what we get back. We need to do our homework to make sure the response is representative of a wide cross section of our state. Your responses will be very useful as we move forward. Don’t miss this opportunity!

We need your participation! This includes not only educators but also clerical staff, specialists, communication managers – anyone with a 25 percent or greater Extension appointment or equivalent responsibilities.

The survey takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It presents a set of 60 statements that describe various aspects of an organization’s culture. Statements cover making decisions, working in teams, working with others across the organization and creating change, among other things. You’ll be given the chance to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each statement by rating each on a scale ranging from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.” You can select “neutral” when you neither agree or disagree. You can also select “N/A” when an item is not applicable. When complete, you will have a chance to review your answers and make changes if necessary.

Look for another email on Friday from Nancy Axtell containing the survey link. The email will contain additional information about the survey.

The survey closes on July 30. Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

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