Cultivating Leadership Training Series: Civil Communications

Civil Communications

Welcome to our Cultivating Leadership for Breed Organizations - Civil Communications webinar. During this module we will understand why need civil communications, what civil communication looks and feels like, why communication fails, when and where to get help.

Few would question that good communication is important for a successful workplace; communication is essential to completing most everyday tasks, maintaining social and personal relationships, and promoting information sharing and problem solving.

When two or more people work together toward common goals, there are inevitably differences of opinion about priorities, approaches, plans, techniques, guidelines, etc. Each group member may have a different perspective and differing concerns about each issue the group addresses. Civil communication between all members of the group is a necessity in building trust, strengthening relationships, and achieving more together than any single team member could achieve alone.

Conflict can be a catalyst for innovation if the focus isn’t on agreeing or disagreeing but instead on hearing and sharing varied perspectives. With civil communication, what seems impossible can become attainable. Without civil communication, even enormous efforts can fall short of achieving common goals.

Breeders are passionate about their animals and their organizations! This is what makes them good at what they do. They care, and they want to do the right thing for the breed. Unfortunately, when their passion spills over into conflicts with each other, misunderstandings can happen that have marked and lasting impacts. With endangered breeds, it’s all the more important for breeders to work together.

During this webinar, we will talk about the different types of communication challenges your oganization might face, how to work through them and how to set your organization up so they are less likely to happen in the future.

The Cultivating Leadership Initiative helps breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. The Cultivating Leadership Training Series also aligns with general best practices and is especially beneficial to officers and leaders of breed associations and clubs.



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Your Instructor


The Livestock Conservancy
The Livestock Conservancy

This course is taught by Judy Brummer, Jeannette Beranger and Diane Groves.

Judy Brummer is the Interim Executive Director of The Livestock Conservancy. For more than twenty years, Judy has owned and bred Rocky Mountain Horses. Since 2014, she has served as a board member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association, a 501c5 nonprofit, including 6 years as President of that board and also currently serves as Secretary of the Rocky Mountain Horse Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit public charity formed just a few years ago to help support the Rocky Mountain Horse breed. She has served on several committees, as a Director of Examiners, and as President for 6 years. Judy has traveled across the United States and overseas as a representative of the RMHA and the Rocky Mountain Horse, and was inducted into the Charles Kilburn Society, an honorary society recognizing individuals who have made a significant contribution to the RMHA and the Rocky Mountain Horse breed.

Jeannette Beranger a Senior Program Manager for the Conservancy. She came to the organization with 25 years’ experience working as an animal professional, including veterinary and zoological institutions with a focus on Heritage breeds. She has been with the Conservancy since 2005 and uses her knowledge to plan and implement conservation programs, conduct field research, and advise farmers in their endeavors with rare breeds. She is co-author of the best-selling book An Introduction to Heritage Breeds. At home she maintains a Heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens. In 2015 she was honored as one of the top “45 Amazing Country Women in America” by Country Woman magazine for her long standing dedication to endangered breed conservation.

Diane Groves, proprietor of Whole Systems Performance, has nearly two decades of broad experience working with organizations, businesses, and communities interested in creating collaborative solutions. Her education is grounded in group facilitation and conflict resolution. Diane holds a graduate degree in organizational development and has extensive and diverse career experience in large group facilitation, training and conflict resolution.

The Livestock Conservancy is America's leading non-profit dedicated to saving rare breed livestock and poultry from extinction.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What is the Cultivating Leadership Initiative?
The Livestock Conservancy launched the Cultivating Leadership Initiative to help breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. Components of the Cultivating Leadership Initiative include a Breed Organization Accreditation Program, Breed Organization Training, and Pedigree Registration Services. These programs are available to breed cubs, associations, and registries as optional services. Organizations may adopt whichever building blocks are most needed to address their own situation.

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