May 2019

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Dear Colleague,

The weather is finally warming up, the birds are singing and the air is crisp. When we step outside, the feelings of being refreshed, calm and happy are part of a phenomenon called biophilia. According to an article in Forbes, this phenomenon "describes how humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other living things." Many people find it more difficult to come to and engage in work when Minnesotan summers are meant to be spent outside. However, incorporating elements of nature into the work environment can help refocus employees, reduce stress and enhance creativity.

Working OutdoorsThis summer, we challenge you to incorporate nature into the work environment. This can be done through having a patio area with tables and chairs, engaging in team-building activities in a nearby park or even holding meetings outside. Furthermore, by scheduling walking meetings, employees are able to engage in exercise while allowing creativity to flow naturally. Workplace strategy expert Leigh Stringer says this is because "nothing is holding you back - instead of being restricted by ceilings and walls, you have the wide-open sky." This openness can be a valuable tool for brainstorming and in turn can help keep productivity levels high.

Upcoming Forums Spotlight:

SUP0719The second of three offerings of the Supervisors Forum is here! This forum is designed for those who want to enhance their supervisory skills to be more effective leaders. In each session, participants will learn a variety of skills, and use role play and application exercises to practice how and when to utilize behaviors for maximum effectiveness within their organization.

The Leadership Forum is ideally suited for executives and organizational leaders — including owners, CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, and senior leaders. The forum helps leaders discover how to inspire trust, create vision, executive strategy, and coach potential

MAN0919The Management Forum is ideally suited for general and functional managers as well as executives and owners of small businesses. The forum is designed to equip business professionals with enhanced decision-making and management skills by exposing them to a wide set of essential management concepts and tools including: Leadership, Finance, Marketing, Operations/Systems, and Strategy. New this year: the Management Forum is now a series structure, meeting 1 day a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Please call me at 320.251.5420, or email me if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our upcoming forums.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Emily Heying
Client Coordinator



2019 Calendar of Events
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Supervisors Forum (II)
July 10, 17, 24 & 31 – Grand Arbor, Alexandria
Leadership Forum
August 20-21 – River’s Edge, St. Cloud
Management Forum
September 4, 11, 18 & 25– River’s Edge, St. Cloud
Supervisors Forum (III)
October 8, 15, 22 & 29 – MinnWest Technology Campus, Willmar
Governance Forum
December – Location TBD


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