We began the session discussing the outcome of sharing our DC experience with others in our communities. A few Class IX members shared their stories with the press and had their DC stories published. You can read their DC stories by clicking on the names below:
Eriks Dunens then led a comprehensive session on conflict and leadership. As a part of our session on conflict and leadership we were able to identify our personal conflict styles through use of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI). The TKI measures a person’s behavior in conflict situations and then defines their conflict style as one of five different modes; competing, accommodating, avoiding, collaborating and compromising.
Class IX members happily pictured in their Conflict-handling mode groups, after completion of the TKI:
Class IX members, Adam Stratton and Lisa Gjersvik work for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI).
AURI’s Crookston office is the home of their Microbiology Laboratory and they provided Class IX an overview of the work they do by allowing us to hear directly from three of their clients; Char Energy, Vertical Malt and Back When Foods. AURI fosters long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products.
We ended the day working with our EQ-i coaching groups to further examine our decision making process by and the role our heart, mind and guts play in making different types of decision. In true MARL form we enjoyed a social debrief in our hotel lobby after officially ending Day 1 in Crookston.
Submitted by Jasmine Brett Stringer Moore