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Leadership Classes

Crucial Conversations

Who should attend: Individuals in any role

Have you been avoiding that tough conversation? Tired of dancing around the topic? Ready to address the elephant in the room? Crucial Conversations gives you the tools and confidence to foster open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. By learning to speak the same and be heard, you’ll surface the best ideas, make high-quality decisions and act on those decisions.

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Foundations of Finance

Who should attend:

While this program deals with some complicated financial concepts, participants do not need to have prior education in finance or business to successfully navigate the course. The program is designed for practical application of the tools provided, and it is ideal for new and emerging cooperative leaders.

Program Overview:

To profitably operate a cooperative business, leaders need to understand how profit is generated. This program is designed for non-finance managers specifically in the cooperative retail space. The practical tools and benchmarks can be used to enhance cooperative profitability. Participants will have application activities for each of the concepts that stress practical application of the tools provided. Business planning and analysis of their own operations is a requirement of the course.

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Foundations of Supervision

Who should attend:

  • Current managers newer to leadership <3 years
  • Managers wishing to hone their skills
  • Team members on the path to leadership. 

Program Overview:

This program equips new leaders or those with a career desire to lead with the essential skills and tools to get work done with and through other people. The program is designed to help transition successfully from an individual contributor to a leader of others. Effective leaders share some common skills emphasized in this program: 

  1. Self-awareness about their individual management and      leadership style
  2. Create an engaged workforce committed to success
  3. Effectively lead others through change
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Wichita, KS
Mason City, IA
Watertown, SD
La Vista, NE

Leading for Impact

Who should attend:

  • Experienced manager who currently supervises others;
  • Must have the ability to work with their team to create Team Culture and Vision Statements
  • Ability to create the your teams strategy, goals and hold others accountable to it
  • Opportunity to provide ongoing feedback and coaching to team

Program Overview:

The world is changing at an unprecedented pace. Every day leaders are making countless decisions and facing problems they’ve never encountered before. Today’s leaders must be able to: 

  1. Think BIG and adapt quickly
  2. Translate strategy into meaningful work for their teams
  3. Coach people to a higher level of performance 

Leading for Impact addresses the mindset and behavioral changes needed to achieve results with and through other people. The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership program content, offered in partnership with FranklinCovey, is a practical framework that helps leaders to focus their time and energy where it will have the greatest impact.


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Inver Grove Heights, MN

Leading for Results

Who should attend: Experienced managers or high-functioning individual contributors


The ultimate measure of results for any organization is the ability to create long-term growth. In this essential course in the leadership process, you’ll learn how to create results through a greater understanding of governance, finance, strategic planning and execution, leadership and communication skills and risk management, combined with hands-on applications. Coursework is specifically designed to enhance your strategic leadership thinking skills and capabilities. Leading for Results was created in collaboration with North Dakota State University, combining real-world lessons with the academic strength of a major research university.

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High Impact Presentations

Who Should Attend: 

This program is suited for leaders who need to deliver persuasive messages to internal and/or external audiences. This includes cooperative boards, management teams, leaders as well as individuals moving into new roles where communication is key. 

Program Description: 

The session begins with a "before" video that serves as a benchmark for assessing an individual's unique speaking style. At the conclusion of the session, an "after" video will tangibly demonstrates each individual's growth during the program.  

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New Horizons Computer Training

Who should attend: Individuals in any role

In partnership with New Horizons Computer Learning take computer learning to a new level with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Minnesota’s online and in-person computer training. Courses cover a wide range of software and programs. Virtual learning options let you learn online at your convenience. Some courses may be eligible for vendor credits.

Please click on the link below for program dates and prices.


New Horizons Computer Learning

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