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Source: Susan Jagerson, 785-532-2535, sdj@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Trevor Davis, 785-532-2535, tjdavis@k-state.edu

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

SEMINAR TO HELP LEADERS STRENGTHEN NETWORK CONNECTIONS

MANHATTAN -- Participants in the 15th annual Kansas State University Leadership Seminar will learn how to tap into networks that influence their work and everyday lives.

The seminar will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the K-State Student Union. It's open to business leaders and community members.

Organizers say traditional models of leadership that worked in the past don’t always fit today's networked world. New technology and online tools are making it necessary for leaders to change the way they communicate.

At the seminar participants will learn how to:

 * Build on traditional leadership skills to work effectively with others in networks.

 * Leverage technology to build relationships and accomplish shared goals.

 * Map personal and organizational networks to address a leadership challenge.

Patti Anklam, an independent consultant with expertise in collaboration practices and social networks, will present the seminar. She is the author of "Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World.”

The seminar will help participants develop a network mindset that will foster collaboration and idea sharing. Activities include exercises that allow participants to apply the network management tools they'll learn during the seminar.

"Everyone is leader," said Susan Jagerson, a member of the seminar planning committee and marketing coordinator for K-State's Division of Communications and Marketing. "This seminar will provide practical information for understanding what your role is as a leader within your networks."

Participants can register online at http://www.k-state.edu/leadershipseminar. Lunch is provided, and those who register by March 4 will have the opportunity to examine and strengthen their connections in a social network analysis.

Download the seminar brochure at http://www.k-state.edu/leadershipseminar/docs/brochure.pdf to learn more.