Tag: Leadership

THRIVE: Focus on a better version of you in 2018!

Join us in Beloit to participate in an interactive self-care program that will help you meet your personal goals! Throughout the 3-week program over the lunch hour in January, participants will explore strategies to embrace each day and practice habits that will help you get the most out of each stage in life! Adults – individuals, couples, families, and caregivers – are encouraged to participate. The program is free and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch while they learn! Complete details are posted at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/

By:  Nora Rhoades

Enough with the Blame Game

We’ve all dealt with a friend, child, family member, or co-worker who has a behavior or attitude that drives you crazy. Sometimes these behaviors and attitudes break policy or laws while other times they just bring negativity into the environment. Simply ignoring these annoyances is not the answer, especially if they reoccur on a regular basis. Addressing differences can be stressful, yet not addressing them can result in unproductive work environments, strained relationships, and many bad moods.

How you address behaviors and attitudes that ‘push your buttons’ is very important in gaining the outcomes you desire. Blaming language brings out defense mechanisms, often steering the conversation away from the concern. Avoid using the word “you”. “You” statements accuse actions, ideas, and people to be in the wrong. Blaming language not only takes longer to reach a resolution, it rarely makes a relationship stronger through the process.

Instead, use “I” statements. “I” statements keep your responses focused on how the concern affects you. Meanwhile, the other party will feel invited to explain how they are affected by the concern. “I” statements seek to understand and respect both party’s opinions and experiences. These types of conversations may provide values clarification, likely pointing towards a compromise that will benefit everyone.

Communicate with “I” Statements

  • I feel: (label your feeling: betrayed, proud, anxious, vulnerable, etc…)
  • When: (give specific example)
  • Because: (briefly explain ‘why’)
  • What I want/need is: (describe what would make you feel better)

By:  Nora Rhoades

What are the Four H’s in 4-H?

What are the 4 H's in 4-H?

National 4-H Week is coming October 1st! Aliesa explains the significance of the 4 H's in 4-H in preparation for next week. Find club information for Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties at postrock.ksu.edu.#KS4H #TrueLeaders

Posted by Post Rock District 4-H on Thursday, September 28, 2017

4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.

Want to join or volunteer? Contact your local extension office to learn how. Find out more details at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/4-h/join/.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Follow, Like & Subscribe to Connect with K-State Research and Extension

K-State Research and Extension is a great place to access resources you can trust. Follow, like and subscribe to “K-State Research and Extension” on social media today!

By:  Nora Rhoades

Raise Your Hand – Kansas 4-H Alumni Campaign

Are you 4-H Grown? Prove it! Show your 4-H pride and “Raise Your Hand” to identify yourself as a 4-H Alumni. Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the state with the most alumni hands raised by June 30. Only in Kansas will the generous partner, Stanion Wholesale Electric, Co., donate $2 for each “hand raised” who registers (up to $10,000).

 Raising your hand is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Raise Your Hand: Go to ks4h.org to show your pride as a 4-H alum.
  2. Compete for Your State: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised, as well a $2 match from Stanion Wholesale Electric, Co.
  3. Pay It Forward: Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at www.ks4h.org.

 By:  Nora Rhoades

Board Leadership Series

Nora Rhoades
Family and Youth
Development Agent

K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of Board Leadership Workshops in communities across Kansas — February 21, 23, 28 and March 2. Designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards of directors, the series will be hosted by local extension professionals at locations across the state.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities. K-State Research and Extension’s Board Leadership Series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member,” said Trudy Rice, extension community development specialist.

For information about hosting communities and complete program details visit http://www.ksre.k-state.edu/community/civic-engagement/boards-commissions.html

By:  Nora Rhoades

Super Sitter Babysitting Clinics

This spring, the Post Rock District will be hosting two babysitting clinics to help youth (10 years and older) prepare for experiences in which they’ll provide short-term care for siblings and/or other children. For registration and details about the 2017 Super Sitter Babysitting Clinics visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.

  • Saturday, March 11th — Sylvan Grove
  • Wednesday, March 15th — Kensington

By:  Nora Rhoades

Enroll Youth in 4-H

enroll-youth-in-4-h4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.

Want to join or volunteer? Contact your local extension office to learn how. Find out more details at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/4-h/join/.

By:  Nora Rhoades