Extension Managers in R-10 train to Inspire and Influence

Aiming to raise the bar of extension services in the region,  the Agricultural Training Institute- Central Office (ATI-CO)  conducted the  5th leg of the  training series  entitled “Inspiring, Influencing, and Achieving Results: Leadership and Management Skills Training for Extension Managers” on May 8-12, 2017 at Harborlights Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
The training aims to improve effectiveness and efficiency of extension services in the Local Government level through capacity-building, and complementary extension service in information dissemination and capability building, and research.
It  was participated by  19 Municipal Agriculturists and  Municipal Agriculture Officers, 5 Learning Site Operators  coming from the different parts of the region, and two staff of ATI Northern Mindanao.
Along with the intensive lectures during the training  were series of highly interactive group workshops and exercises such as role-plays, video presentations, and  facilitator-led discussions.  Participants have also gone through individual exercises and self-awareness. 
With the following activities, it was expected for participants to improve their skills on these top three core competencies, to wit: Leadership and management skills, behavioral flexibility and personal impact skills. 
“Extension needs a paradigm shift because of the expanded client system and the newly emerging extension modalities that we have right now.”  pointed by Ms. Maria Lydia Echavez, TCS I of ATI-RTC X during the Opening Program.
Ms. Echavez also emphasized a quote from the Journal of Extension that “the future of extension leadership is soft type of  leadership. Future leaders must possessed soft skills, be adept communicators, be proactive while quick to respond, and be willing to create a flattened organizational structure that encourages creativity and innovation from the bottom up.”
The training was co-facilitated by the expert speakers from the LeadCORE Training and Consultancy, Mr. Stephen Sandoval and Ms. Teresita Sandoval.
There will be eight more batches of the training to be conducted randomly nationwide this 2017. This bacth  was conducted  in coordination with ATI in Northern Mindanao.