I have been serving on an Innovation Task Force for the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). The team is made up of about a dozen Extension professionals from across the country and we're preparing a report on what the Cooperative Extension System can do to be more innovative in the 21st Century for ECOP's next meeting in September.
I will be posting my contributions to our task force's writing assignments each week. Please read them over and let me know what you think.
Note: Pictured above are some of my friends from grad school that volunteer in my Extension programs. I appreciate them so much, they are making a difference.
The Top 5 Characteristics of an Innovative Extension Leader:
1. Not afraid to take risks and fail
Sees failures as learning
Rapidly experiments to learn what works
Seeks to understand the full potential of new ideas
2. Leverages technology
Connecting the dots to find solutions to problems using existing technology
Aware of and savvy with broad variety of new and emerging technologies
3. Agile and flexible
Able to move quickly and easily while working with a variety of other innovators from different fields of expertise
4. Self aware
Understands personal strengths and weaknesses
Seeks guidance from other experts with opposing viewpoints
Inspires creativity in others
Doesn't just create innovations alone, but is effective in leading creative people to accomplish a goal
Accepts shortcomings and accentuates strengths
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