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Leadership South Dakota selects sixth class

By on May 31, 2019 in

Leadership South Dakota selects sixth class Leadership South Dakota has selected 43 class members to participate in the 8-month leadership program, which will begin in September. Leadership South Dakota is a statewide program with a mission to attract engaged citizens from across the state, then provide them with the background, unique experiences and insights necessary […]

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Why Don’t We Talk to Each Other?

By on February 22, 2019 in

It’s true for teams.  It’s true for organizations.  It’s even true in marriages.  Communication is an ongoing struggle for all of us.  Over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations through team building, leadership training and strategic planning initiatives.  As we discuss the strengths of each […]

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Alumni Newsletter – March 2018

By on March 1, 2018 in

A Message From The Leadership South Dakota Directors The fourth class of Leadership South Dakota will graduate on Friday, April 6th in Chamberlain. Following this celebration, we will have 160 alumni across the state of South Dakota. We are confident that as we add 40 members to our alumni base each year, our collective influence […]

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Alumni Newsletter – January 2018

By on January 1, 2018 in

A Message From The Leadership South Dakota Directors Four years ago, the Leadership South Dakota program started with its first class of leaders from across our great state. Through the early support of the South  Dakota Community Foundation and the Bush Foundation, seed money was generated to begin this leadership journey. Through the generous support of […]

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This Ain’t Your Mama’s Professional Development

By on December 9, 2017 in

By Rick Melmer Leadership Coach I remember my days as a school administrator. We would schedule professional development days for our staff members and hope that the training sessions were helpful. However, we couldn’t escape the nicknames that always hurt but also seemed appropriate for our trainings. Labels like “one and done” or “sit and get” seemed to […]

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Alumni Newsletter – November 2017

By on November 1, 2017 in

A Message from the Leadership South Dakota Directors Getting To Church On Time In our Leadership SD classes, we discuss the topic of leadership on an ongoing basis. Recently I was visiting with Mark Dunn, a 2016 graduate of Leadership SD, on his description of leadership. Mark told an interesting story that illustrates leadership perfectly. Mark […]

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Alumni Newsletter – July 2017

By on July 1, 2017 in

A Message from the Leadership South Dakota Directors There are many benefits to the Leadership South Dakota program, but probably the greatest benefit is the friendships we all make every time a new class gathers for another program year. We are preparing for our fourth class this Fall and while we are excited about new […]

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Alumni Newsletter – March 2017

By on March 1, 2017 in

A Message From The Leadership South Dakota Directors The third year of the Leadership South  Dakota program is ending. We are now  preparing for our fourth year and are in  our recruitment phase. While we have been happy with the progress of the Leadership SD program, we know that the program could be even stronger. In […]

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Olds Dogs, New Tricks

By on February 28, 2017 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach Over the course of my professional life, I’ve learned that you must re-invent yourself from time to time. You know, switch things up – sing a new song – take on a new challenge. At the age of 59, I’m beginning a new venture as a Leadership Coach who works with […]

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Alumni Newsletter – January 2017

By on January 1, 2017 in

A Message from the Leadership South Dakota Directors As we reflect on 2016, the need for a program like Leadership South Dakota has never been more evident. In his book, The Vanishing Neighbor, author Marc Dunkelman illustrated the fact that we all have three rings of relationships. The inner ring consists of our intimate contacts […]

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Leadership Lessons from My Grandkids

By on December 28, 2016 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach Our daughter Tara asked if I could watch her two daughters (our granddaughters) for one day – she was obviously desperate so she decided to entrust her two children to me! At the time, Kya was 4 and Ivy was 1 so I had them outmatched in the age department. Despite […]

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Setback = Comeback

By on December 5, 2016 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach As one of the directors of the Leadership South Dakota program, I get a chance to meet 40 dynamic people each year. We travel the state, learn about South Dakota and about each other. One activity that we conduct is to ask each class member to share about “a time when my […]

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Alumni Newsletter – November 2016

By on November 1, 2016 in

Networking Emerges As Key To Leadership SD When the Leadership South Dakota program was launched, we held tightly to three guiding principles for the program. Basically, we wanted our class members to: See places that most people don’t see Meet people that most people don’t meet Learn leadership principles that will help them lead in […]

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Host or Hostage

By on October 26, 2016 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach How often have you heard about the importance of attitude in the workplace? While it may be a term that is used too often when we discuss our approach to our roles as leaders, few of us will argue that how we think about our leadership roles has a […]

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20 Minutes

By on October 13, 2016 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach Our Leadership South Dakota group had the pleasure of hearing Chief Justice David Gilbertson speak. He is a humble leader who delivered an interesting session on the inner-workings of the South Dakota Supreme Court. As you can imagine, many in the class, including me, did not have a good understanding of […]

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5 to 8 vs. 8 to 5

By on September 28, 2016 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach What if I asked you which is more important, 5 to 8 or 8 to 5? You would likely give me a quizzical look and ask for more information. So what if I asked it this way, “What is more eternal, the daily events that occur from 8:00 am to 5:00 […]

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Don’t Listen to What I Say – Watch What I Do

By on September 20, 2016 in

Rick Melmer We’ve all heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words”. Most of us would agree that this statement is certainly true. What we DO says more about our priorities than what we SAY. Our actions represent our values. However, it is common for leaders to say one thing and do another. We may believe that if we say it enough […]

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Pick Up Your Fork

By on September 13, 2016 in

By Rick Melmer – Leadership Coach All of us could use some inspiration from time to time. I recently read the book On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. The author is John O’ Leary and he tells the story of a fire that burned him from head to toe. At the […]

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