Category Archives: Professional Development

Team Development Stage 1: Forming

You may recall from last week, we began our conversation about Tuckman’s Model of Group Development (forming-storming-norming-performing-adjourning). For a group to perform successfully it is critical that they advance through each of these stages. Not every team advances through all … Continue reading

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Tuckman’s Model of Group Development

In the 1960s-70s Bruce Tuckman debuted the Tuckman Model of Group Development which asserts that teams progress toward various stages during their progression from inception to functioning.  In this model, as teams mature and increase in ability, the leader changes … Continue reading

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Helping Yourself (and Others) Reframe Conflict

no Ahhh conflict!  Personally, I adore conflict…live for it even.  There is nothing I would rather do than have conflict with another human being! Lies!  To be honest, the first time I had a significant conflict with a volunteer I … Continue reading

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So, I’ve Been Thinking…

Just kidding.  I haven’t been thinking…I’ve been doing.  I’ve been doing, and I’m way overdue for some thinking time. Let me explain. We had an RSA meeting this past Monday, and as I sat down to write my usual report … Continue reading

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4-H Grows #6: Why No One Shows Up for Your Great Programs

Let’s pretend you are a real person for a moment. A real person, with real person stuff in their day.  You know- family, friends, bills, appointments, Netflix marathons, etc. You, as a real person, get invited to attend a program … Continue reading

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4-H Grows #4: County Events

“What has striped hooves, mottled skin, and spots?  The Appaloosa horse, that’s what!” Don’t be too harsh– I penned that demonstration introduction as a 9 year old for my first County Events. I’ll never forget my first County Events.  I … Continue reading

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4-H Grows #3: Councils

4-H Grows #3:  Councils Florida 4-H Standards and Expectations says that each county should have a County 4-H Council and participate in District Council.  Beyond the fact that it is expected, it’s important as a youth development tool, and for … Continue reading

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#4HGrows: But Can You?

More than once I’ve heard, “In 4-H we are concerned with the quality of our programs, not the quantity.”  Every time I heard this it both shocks and scares me.  YES, I believe in quality programs.  YES, I believe that … Continue reading

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The Power of Positive Service

In 4-H we are in the education business, the non-profit management business, some days the transportation business, the list goes on and on… And customer service trumps all. Now, before you close this window or delete this post– hear me … Continue reading

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New Podcast Alert!

New podcast to check out:  Beyond the Podium This podcast is produced by the University of Florida’s Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence.  This Office works with faculty across UF to share best practices and creative solutions to teaching challenges. The … Continue reading

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