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Leadership Classes

Crucial Conversations

Who should attend:
The program is geared towards anyone who tackles difficult conversations; from the board room to personal relationships, you will find the tools and learnings from this program highly relevant and easy to apply both professionally and personally.

Program Description:

Based on the book, Crucial Conversations, this program teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering candid and open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. Whenever you’re not getting the results you want, it’s likely an important conversation either hasn’t happened or hasn’t been handled well. In fact, both individual and organizational success are largely determined by how quickly, directly, and effectively we speak up when it matters most. At the heart of healthy and high-performance organizations are people willing and able to hold Crucial Conversations.

To join the Crucial Conversations waitlist, please click here.

York, NE
Burlington, WA

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


To join the Foundations of Supervision waitlist, please click here.


Wisconsin Dells, WI
Hays, KS
Billings, MT

Leading for Results

Who should attend:

  • Current and future GMs and CEOs 
  • Those who aspire to become a GM or CEO in the next one to two years
  • Previous Future Forty participants

Program Overview:
Leading for Results is an exclusive, high caliber learning experience that was designed by and for cooperative leaders – there’s simply no other program like it.

Taught by respected North Dakota State University (NDSU) instructors, this program will help you achieve positive results through a greater understanding of governance, finance, strategic planning/execution, risk management, and leadership and communication skills. Participants are eligible to receive 8 credits that can be applied toward an MBA at NDSU. Additionally, you’ll network with other cooperative leaders facing similar challenges and opportunities.

To join the Leading for Results waitlist, please click here.

Fargo, ND

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.


Inver Grove Heights, MN

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.  

To join the High Impact Presentations waitlist, please click here.

No events scheduled at this time.

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.

No events scheduled at this time.

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

No events scheduled at this time.