If you are not enjoying and looking forward to the meetings you are attending in the organizations you work or volunteer for, then Dr. Rogelberg's book, The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance deserves your attention.
I recently read this book in a club setting with graduate students studying leadership in the department of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University.
My review for this book is in the form of an outline covering the key concepts with quotes and references to specific chapters.
I recently published a research in brief article in the Journal of Extension, titled Evaluating Utah's Rural Online Initiative: Empowering Rural Communities Through Remote Work. My co-authors on this manuscript were my fellow USU Extension colleagues and faculty: Dr. Lendel Narine, Dr. Amanda Ali, Dr. Debra Spielmaker, and Andrea Schmutz. Here is the abstract:
Utah's rural counties have experienced high levels of unemployment compared to the state's urban counties. Utah State University Extension developed a remote work educational program intended to reduce rural unemployment. We conducted a descriptive study to gather data from May–August 2019 participants (N = 1,025). Our results indicate that short-term outcomes from the course were realized. On average, participants experienced increases in knowledge, improved skills, and positive intentions toward seeking remote employment. We recommended formative evaluation for continuous course improvement and follow-up procedures to measure participants' success in securing remote employment. Extension professionals can plan and evaluate their programs using the framework presented in this article.
Read the full article at joe.org.
I recently published a featured article in the Journal of Extension, titled Application of a Three-Phase Needs Assessment Framework to Identify Priority Issue Areas for Extension Programming. My co-authors on this manuscript were my USU Extension colleagues: Dr. Lendel Narine and Dr. Amanda Ali. Here is the abstract:
Cooperative Extension strives to deliver relevant programming to residents. However, problems facing communities are increasingly complex. We used a three-phase needs assessment to describe Utah residents' perceptions of issue areas for Extension programming. We gathered data from 1,043 Utah residents. Results highlighted four priority issue areas for Extension programming. These were environmental quality, conservation capacity, community development, and agriculture and food safety. On the basis of our work, we recommend that Extension allocate resources to addressing priority issue areas and implement a formal needs assessment framework for monitoring issue areas to inform relevant and quality programming in response to emerging needs.
Read the full article at joe.org.
Starting your own successful business can be very difficult especially in a rural community. The book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad Feld explains some of the potential issues of starting a business and how one community has addressed these problems.
This book review was written by my outstanding 2018 summer intern: Kenadie Terry. She is a decorated 4-H alum who is now a sophomore at Southern Utah University studying engineering and nursing. She wrote this review through the lense of Extension and how these professional s can build startup communities in their cities and towns.
Just this week I was asked to contribute ideas for topics to be discussed during a national Twitter chat in for industry. Connecting the dots from something I have observed often within Extension work of Land Grant University faculty and staff, I suggested the topic: Impatience.
My reasoning behind the topic?
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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