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Results unveiled for organizational culture assessment

Last week, I attended the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. A highlight of the conference was the unveiling of the results of the 2014 Extension North Central Regional Organizational Culture Assessment led by the Ohio State University. Michigan State University Extension participated in completing survey forms last July, and I am proud to report that we had a 47 percent response rate to the questionnaire. If you recall from this Monday’s webinar, Dr. Keith Smith, director of Ohio State Extension, will come and give a report on Michigan’s individualized assessment at Fall Extension Conference. I am really looking forward to sharing that with all of you.

Denison Consulting is the group that worked with the Ohio State University to do the survey. They define organizational culture as “… a collection of shared beliefs, values, meanings, and behaviors that a group has adopted over time; as a way to survive and succeed.” Or simply put: “the way things are done around here”.

I believe that with this report and our listening posts now being conducted, we will identify clear focus areas we can work on for making improvements in our organization. That work will require the efforts of all of us to make MSU Extension the best organization it can be.

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