Scheffert-Tools

Check out Scheffert-Tools to find curriculum and articles on great meetings, facilitation, social capital and more.

Donna Rae Scheffert

Donna Rae Scheffert, author, is a consultant working with public and nonprofit groups. She is a retired Leadership Development Specialist from the University of Minnesota Extension. She spent over 20 years creating leadership information, tools and training. She is the owner of Leadership Tools Consulting firm. 



Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups

Available at Amazon and other retailers. Contains chapters to identify and fix common challenging situations.

University of Minnesota

Check out Scheffert-tools which is the name of the collection of products developed over years of work as a leadership development specialist at the University of Minnesota. These are the resources that I have authored or co-authored that are now available. See information on meetings, facilitation, social capital and more.

It includes tools that can be ordered online or downloaded. Many of the resources were published by the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality 

Committees That Work: Common Traps Creative Solutions

Committees That Work

Meetings are a primary way that work gets done in teams, groups, organizations and communities. A few years ago someone lamented, "That was the worst meeting I have ever been too. I am not going back!"

Committees That Work guide was a response to the frequent comments we hear about meetings. Our team identified six common traps and many creative solutions to get out of those traps. I added this resource to my leadership tools last year and have used it extensively. "Wow, that was a great meeting," is now heard more often. 


Tackling Poverty by Building Social Capital Article

Center for Rural Policy

'Tackling Poverty by Building Social Capital' is an article about a fictitous woman and her children who are considering moving to a rural area from an urban area.

The trade-offs to be considered are what jobs and wages are available in a rural area vs. the larger urban area, what is the cost of living, and how strong are the support networks of family and friends and services.

This article was published by the Center for Rural Policy and Development in 2008. Check out the entire issue that is focused on Women in Rural Minnesota.

This is a new Scheffert-tool that is an offshoot of work with high poverty small towns in the upper Midwest and West. Social Capital


Community Leadership: What Does it Take to See Results?

'Community Leadership: What Does it Take to See Results?' is a summary about personal growth of participants of several local leadership development programs. Overall, the least amount of time invested into a learning effort, the less personal growth. Those participants of longer programs also had more measureable impacts. This was published by the Journal of Leadership Educators, Winter, 2007.

This is a classic Scheffert-tool that is a capnote to over 22 years of work as a leadership development specialist.


Community Leadership Article

Other Recommended Resources

While these products were authored by others, I was able to contribute to the content ideas and use the tools. These products are available for free download or purchase in larger quantities.

These are included in Scheffert-tools since they are excellent core curriculum with great concepts and processes.
See this recommended Scheffert-tools called Thriving Communities Guide

Check out this site if you are searching for Tools for Workplaces and/or Businesses

Leadership Tools

Scheffert-Tools Include Social Capital Assessment, Facilitation, Training, Strategic Planning, Executive Coaching and more

Donna Rae Scheffert

809 Mayflower Ct.

Northfield, MN 55057

Let me assist you and your organization. Call me at 612.360.4484