Friday, March 28, 2014

MU Extension Offering Leadership Academy in West Plains Starting May 1; Register Early Since Seating is Limited

Contact: Amy Patillo, Community Development Specialist
Headquartered at the Howell County Extension Center
Tel: (417) 256-2391

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the Howell County Extension Center is offering a Leadership Academy in West Plains beginning May 1.

Missouri Training Institute Leadership Series, under the direction of University of Missouri Extension, offers top-notch training for managers and leaders in all industries including government, for-profit and non-profit organizations operating in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas.

The professional series will address the following topics: building effective relationships, communicating successfully, leading high-performance teams, strategic planning and action planning.  

The training will take place over five days with classes beginning on Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuing each Thursday in May.  All classes will be held at the Howell County Extension Center, 217 Aid Ave., West Plains.

The cost for the entire series is $750 per person or $185 for a full-day session of your choice. Send a second person for $50 off one session or $100 off the total Academy price.

Enrollment in the series can be done by calling the Howell County Extension office at (417) 256-2391 or emailing them at It is also possible to download a registration form online at


May 1: Building Effective Relationships in Business: This is one of the best strategies to ensure team performance and prevent conflicts. Our workplace relationships have a huge impact on our overall happiness.  This training will provide insight into both the art and the science of building effective relationships.

May 8: Leading Teams: Come prepared to learn in a fun and comfortable yet highly interactive way that will sharpen your skills as a team leader.  Using experiential learning exercises as a metaphor for what it takes to lead a high-performing team, this professional development workshop will help you explore the interpersonal and organizational advantages of working together.

May15: Lessons in Leadership: Great leaders are inspiring.  They know where they are headed; the visions they are trying to create, and have the unique ability to enlist others who can help them get there.  This workshop explores the art and skill of leadership.  Learn the lessons of leadership that will help you mobilize your team to achieve extraordinary results.

May 22: Guiding Conflict Resolution:  Conflict!  Just reading the word brings to mind thoughts of difficulty and unpleasantness.  Healthy conflict may promote creativity and innovation.  It allows you to build on one another’s ideas to find solutions to existing problems.  However, when a conflict escalates, it may cause serious problems, including decreased morale, more rework and a less productive team.

May 29: Strategic Planning, Visioning, Taking Action and Communicating It!: A hands-on engaging approach to Strategic Planning within your organization. Strategic Planning, Visioning and Communicating it is all built in to a highly engaging employee focused process that builds leadership, dedication and commitment from the bottom up.  This is a fun and interactive method to involve the entire organization in planning for the future, living the vision and communicating it daily.


Several MU Extension specialists from southwest Missouri will assist with the overall program.

Learn more about the Missouri Training Institute at

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Workshop fees will be used to cover expenses and support on-going programing in the local area.  More information is available online at


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