ZANESVILLE -- Dr. Jim Mahoney, executive director of Battelle for Kids, has teamed up with Leadership Muskingum to present the first in a series of advanced leadership workshops for area community leaders. Leading in a Difficult Environment will be held at Bryan Place on Friday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The cost of $10 includes breakfast; reservations are required by Friday, Dec. 3.Leading in a Difficult Environment will provide leaders with tips and tools to continue to motivate those with whom they work to make a difference even when the economy makes it difficult to do so. Through inspiring stories and interactive exercises Mahoney will facilitate the workshop so leaders have tools they can implement when they return to their organizations.Mahoney leads Battelle for Kids, a Columbus-based not-for profit organization that works with hundreds of school districts in Ohio and across the country to improve teaching and learning. He was actively involved in K-12 education in Muskingum County prior to assuming a leadership role at Battelle for Kids.Leadership Muskingum has provided leadership training to more than 200 community leaders in the past 12 years. The difficult economy has provided the opportunity for the program to adapt to continue to provide useful resources for community leaders without causing hardship on the organizations which they have served.For 2010-2011, Leadership Muskingum will present a series of advanced leadership workshops focusing on specific topics including leading in a difficult environment, envisioning the future and team building. This workshop series is being held in lieu of the 9-month program to inspire continued leadership growth even in difficult economic times. For more information on the upcoming series or to reserve a seat for Leading in a Difficult Environment, contact Pro-Muskingum at (740) 454-9908.Leadership Muskingum is a partnership of Ohio University-Zanesville, PRO-Muskingum and Zane State College.