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2018 Education Programs PDF Version

*Dates may have changed on the above pdf for the education menu, for an updated and current list of dates click on this link: NDAREC Association Dates

For program content, associate memberships services and customized programs contact:
Pamela Clark-Stein, Director of Education & Member Services



Financial Decision Making, NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director #2640
October 12 and 13 (1.5 days) — Mandan
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This course helps directors understand the role of the board in financial planning, including identifying the basic documents used in financial planning and reporting. It also covers assessing the issues that drive financial decisions, balancing competing goals, and taking responsibility to monitor and evaluate results.

Key Topics
- Key financial decisions boards must make
- Three key financial documents and three key financial ratios
- The basics of allocating and retiring capital credits policy
- Key elements of an equity management policy
- Rate-making basics

Instructor: Mike Bunney


Equity Management and Boardroom Decision Making, NRECA Board Leadership #977
November 17 — Mandan
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In this course, board members NEW! consider common boardroom decisions and how these decisions impact the cooperative’s financial strength and equity position. Concepts will be reinforced through practical and strategic exercises designed to provide a theoretical understanding for board members to apply back at their own cooperative.

Key Topics
- The purpose and function of key financial statements (balance sheet, statement of cash flows, statement of operations)
- Process for determining a board’s philosophy regarding key financial metrics (TIER, equity, MDSC)
- Impact of boardroom decisions (plant growth, construction, etc.) and trade-offs between key financial areas such as rates, equity and capital credits
- Communication of clear guidance to the CEO regarding financial decisions

Special note for prerequisite: It is suggested but not required that participants first take Financial Decision Making, Credentialed Cooperative Director #2640.

Instructor: John Penry


Board Operations and Process, NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director #2620
December 1 — Mandan
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The board of directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the corporation. In fulfilling its duties, the board typically can only take official action via majority vote in a duly convened meeting. This course focuses on the legal requirements for holding board meetings and also on the human factors and group processes that make such meetings productive and effective.

Key Topics
- Effective board relationships with individuals and groups
- The impact of public officials and opinion leaders on cooperatives and the board’s role in building and maintaining effective relationships
- Members’ needs: the board’s obligation to understand, work with, and respond
- Lessons and guidelines regarding key internal relationships with the board chair, with the attorney, and within the cooperative

Instructor: Pat Mangan


5 Choices™ to Extraordinary Productivity by Franklin Covey
Oct. 18 — Watford City
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In today’s world, we are drowning in email, overwhelmed with demands, and trying to do more with less. As a 5 Choices participant, you will learn to fi lter the vitally important priorities from distractions so you can focus on making a real contribution. Everyone wants to make a difference, but competing priorities often prevent us from achieving extraordinary results. As a 5 Choices participant, you will redefine your roles in terms of extraordinary results to achieve high-priority goals. The crushing increase in workday pressures can make us feel helpless and out of control. As a 5 Choices participant, learn how to regain control of your work and life through a cadence of planning and execution that produces extraordinary outcomes. An electronic avalanche of email, texts, and social media alerts threaten productivity as never before. As a 5 Choices participant, you will learn to leverage your technology and fend off distractions by optimizing platforms like Microsoft and Outlook to boost productivity. Today’s high-pressure work environment burns people out at an alarming rate. This coursework advances the latest in brain science to consistently recharge mental and physical energy.


Key Topics
- Act on the important: Don’t react to the urgent.
- Go for the extraordinary: Don’t settle for ordinary.
- Schedule the big rocks: Don’t sort gravel.
- Rule your technology: Don’t let it rule you.
- Fuel your fire: Don’t burn out.

Instructor: Jason Matthews and John Sandbakken


Conflict Resolution: Principles, Practices and Process
Date and location to be announced
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As long as people are different, with diverse backgrounds, experiences and education, they will have varying opinions, approaches and perspectives. This is natural, and adds great variety, interest and expertise to any workplace. However, it can also make for contention and disagreements. This can cause great stress for employees and the organization, unless and until the organization sets clear standards for behavior in those situations, and employees become skilled in the art of handling their feelings and disagreements. This course will teach the art of conflict resolution: the ten basic principles, the five most important practices, and a clear five-step process to resolve any conflict. Conflict can be the most destructive force in any organization, but it also can serve a very positive, useful purpose. This course will address what conflict is — and what it isn’t. 

Key Topics
- The thinking that makes conflict resolution possible, and that which makes it impossible
- Options to resolving conflict
- The role of anger and defensiveness, and how to manage them
- The most common mistakes made when attempting any conflict resolution, and alternative ways of handling them
- Resolving workplace conflicts, using the five-step process as a model

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Monley

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