Monday Update: The action planning process

September 21, 2020

We are halfway through our area-wide meetings. Though I’d prefer to meet with you all in person, I’m glad we can share this virtual experience. These meetings are opportunities for us to learn how to use our action planning process. (We talked about the meetings and the process during last week’s Second Monday Live, and the archived webinar is available.) You may not get to work through an example in your area of expertise at the area-wide meeting, but what counts is to practice together with your colleagues so you can learn the process. Then take what you’ve learned back to your county or region, where the real work will begin.

As extension professionals, we want to do all we can to serve Iowans, but we can’t do everything. Iowa State has expertise and capacity in the six initiative areas identified. Work with your council to determine the priorities you can address. Make sure your council members have seen my video message on planning for recovery and check with them often on what they are hearing locally. Maybe your county has one clear priority; maybe there could be several. But keep in mind: If you have too many priorities, do you really have any? You need to figure out where to place your emphasis. Then work with your council, your county staff colleagues, and the specialists who serve your county as you develop your action plan. Councils start developing their budgets in the fall, so keep your council informed as your plan takes shape.

These action plans will guide you as you work on your county’s priority, and across our organization these plans will help us tell our story to decision makers, community leaders, and all Iowans. For those of you whose area-wide meeting is still to come, please review the agenda and other materials. If you have any technical difficulties during your meeting, please call our Zoom meeting host Brenda Schmitt, 641-512-0650.

Review the Two-Way Scorecard

The Two-Way Scorecard Communication Tool will go live on October 1. Over the next two weeks please review the questions so you will be prepared to answer them in the online survey. The survey will be open October 1–15.

More notes

  • Goodbye … and welcome, August 2020: Please review this list of individuals who left ISU Extension and Outreach in the past month, as well as those who have joined our organization.
  • Join Bridgette Heisterkamp, graphic designer, and Leah Feltz, social media specialist, for DYK? Creating Visuals for Social Media at 10 a.m., Friday, October 2, on Zoom: You’ll gain tips on creating strong visuals and taking the best photos with your phone, as well as some easy editing ideas. There also will be time for Q & A.
  • The navigation bar on MyExtension will be updated to reflect the new structure of our Operations unit. Watch for a new Operations dropdown menu with links to Advancement, Conference Planning and Management, Extension Information Technology, Extension Store, Grants Administration, Professional Development, Program Development and Evaluation, and Registration Services. A new Operations Summaries document describes each of these programs.
  • Do you think you may have missed an important announcement in one of our many newsletters or emails from leadership? You can find what you need to know on the MyExtension homepage. It’s a one-stop-shop for updates from the Office of the Vice President, news items for staff, and many ISU Extension and Outreach newsletters. You also can find links to newsletter archives in case you need to go back and find something.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach