Founder's Syndrome can create barriers to change in Extension programs. As a result, Extension staff have experienced challenges in effecting organizational change where Founders are present. 4-H Youth Development staff in Wisconsin applied a variety of strategies to move forward with 4-H programming, despite the influence of the Founders. Staff development has focused on three strategies with regard to Founders: Staff Awareness and Understanding, Training and Support, and Teaching Tools. A comprehensive educational approach that includes multiple strategies is likely to yield the most benefit to Extension staff dealing with Founder's Syndrome in volunteer organizations.
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Huff, P. R., & Pleskac, S. (2012). Moving Forward with Founders: Strategies for Change in Volunteer Organizations. The Journal of Extension, 50(6), Article 2. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss6/2