Leadership Academy: Rethinking Thinking

The 2019 Class of Leadership Academy fellows were together in Detroit Lakes last week rethinking thinking. The second of four sessions explored the concepts of emotional intelligence, three brain thinking, cognitive biases, critical thinking and reframing as tools in decision-making, problem-solving and leading others.  

The group of 40 leaders engaged in small group activities, facilitated discussions and peer learning during the three-day session. The class participated in an interactive Leaders in Residence, in which they engaged in candid, small group conversations with seven local business leaders about leadership, personal growth and lessons learned.

Invited guests included Christy Brinkman, Operations Administrator for Essentia Health St. Mary’s, Detroit Lakes; Stephen Daggett, President/CEO of Midwest Bank, Detroit Lakes; Jeff Gau, CEO of Marco, St. Cloud; Jennifer Howey, Director of Social Services and Quality of Life for Perham Living, Perham; Katie Lundmark, Regional Director of Operations for Ecumen northwest region, Detroit Lakes; Natasha Nodsle, Vice President of Human Resources for SJE, Detroit Lakes; and Jon Riewer, President/CEO at Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead.

This was the second of four quarterly sessions of the acclaimed leadership development program, designed around interactive and experiential learning that develops high potential and transformational leaders in the field of aging services. Now in its 10th year, Leadership Academy is composed of 40 diverse leaders from 31 organizations, representing a large variety of professions, service settings, organizational size and geographic locations. The program is sponsored by Business Partner member and Annual Bronze Sponsor Healthcare Services Group.

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