Second day of activities in New Mexico (supplied by Lindsey Worden, Holstein Association USA)
YDLI class members began their leadership training on Thursday with a full day of insightful and eye-opening workshops.
YDLI Coach Michele Payn-Knoper began the opening session with a rousing video, showing students why it is critical for the dairy industry to have a strong voice. She also got the blood pumping with some kickboxing to ensure that everyone was awake and enthusiastic for their workshop on personality types!
Are you a lion, a beaver, an otter, or a lab? The answer to this question can define how you relate to your family, friends, and coworkers. Jim Henion lead a very interesting session on understanding personality types and investigating why people act the way they do. Everyone completed a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator survey and answered introspective questions to help determine their personality type. After deciding which group they fit into, the class broke into teams based on their type, and were challenged to come up with a solution to a scenario about the proper way to handle dairy expansion. This exercise sparked quite a bit of lively discussion between the different types, and everyone came away with a better understanding of themselves and each other.
At lunch, the 2006 and 2007 Distinguished Alumni Leader Award (DAL) recipients were honored. Bonnie Burr, from Connecticut, and a member of the first class of YDLI was honored as the 2006 DAL, and Duane and Marilyn Hershey from Pennsylvania, also Class I members, were honored as the 2007 recipients.
After lunch, David Williamson stretched the creative limits of the classes’ imagination with several team building exercises. Participants quickly learned that coordinating 76 people to accomplish a task required strong leadership and perseverance. Williamson used the theme of petroglyphs to demonstrate that people can have different perceptions of the same situation and that it is important to think outside the box to achieve difficult tasks. Self-discovery was again a theme in the afternoon workshop, when everyone was challenged to figure out exactly what drives and motivate them to do what they do and accomplish their goals. The workshop concluded with people creating their own “metro-glyphs” and tapping into a creative side that many didn’t know they had!
Patricia Katz provided the evening entertainment after dinner, speaking about the importance of life balance. It’s a fast paced society that we operate in, and it is important to take a step back and pause to re-charge our batteries and avoid burn out. Katz will provide more insight on this topic that most can relate to during her opening session on Friday morning.
Also on the agenda for tomorrow is a YDLI favorite – media training, lead by David Pelzer and Joan Horbiak. Class members will learn how to speak up for and defend their cause when the camera is in their face and they’re being challenged with difficult questions. They will also have the opportunity to hear from Donna Manring and gain some understanding about consumer and nutritional issues facing the industry. Finally, the evening will close with some entertainment that promises to be absolutely “mesmerizing”.
Check back tomorrow for more updates and pictures from Day 3 of YDLI!
Holstein Foundation Chairman Chuck Worden, Bonnie Burr, and Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski.
Marilyn Hershey accpets the 2007 DAL Award.
Joanna Samuelson taps into her creative side with David Williamson.
Class members get “pumped up” by Pat Katz’s life balance discussion.