Lunch with a Leader – Barry Shrock

Barry ShrockHave you ever been around someone that just brightens your day?  Barry Schrock of Summit Coaching and Consulting Group is that kind of person.  Jim and I had lunch with him recently and from the moment we sat down, we both knew Barry was going to add value to our day.

Barry grew up in Ohio and like any Midwestern student, loved sports and underachieved in the classroom, until a day that changed his life.  He was called into an office by one of the coaches in the building who altered the path of his life forever.  This person shared they saw more potential in Barry than he saw in himself.  She saw Barry as a future teacher and coach!

Fast forward to today – Barry took the advice, changed his grades, redirected his path, and be became an outstanding educator, administrator, and successful basketball coach at the collegiate and high school levels.  He has used these leadership principles to guide thousands of individuals through the Clifton StrengthsFinder program to help them become the best person they could be.

The biggest takeaway for me during our time with Barry was how positive he was throughout our conversation.  He was not interested in us getting the “sales pitch” about his business, but he genuinely listened and cared about what we had to say and provided amazing feedback to questions we were asking him.

If you as an individual or your company is looking to go from good to excellent in production or leadership development, Barry and his group is worth a call.  You can reach Summit Coaching and Consulting at

by Jere Johnson

Lunch (Breakfast) with a Leader – Karl LaPan

karl lapanAs you know, Karl LaPan is the CEO of the NIIC (Northeast Indiana Innovation Center).  Karl was our First Fridays speaker on January 5, 2018.  Karl invested in me this morning by having breakfast with me.

Karl overflows with innovation!  I have met no one quite like him.  We talked about business impact, entrepreneurship, new initiatives, vision, culture – my head and heart are full.

Did you know that Karl speaks all over the world?  He does!  He is a leader who passionately helps entrepreneurs and established business folks become better.  He and the work of the NIIC changes lives.  How?

By helping people understand and then fulfill their dreams.  He’s honest with them as those dreams are fleshed-out.  The NIIC is great at vetting ideas and people.  And when the “product”, the people, and the plan unite, powerful things happen.  Personal economies grow.  Lives are changed.

Karl is a natural connector.  He marries what he reads, who he knows, what he has experienced into a meaningful connection experience.  He simply adds value!  And as a result, he is intentionally leaving a legacy with those that are fortunate to interact with him.

Visit to learn more about what all this group offers to our community.  Help connect a budding entrepreneur to Karl and the NIIC.

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Attend the upcoming Ideas@Work 2018 on April 17.  Follow this link for more information.  I plan to be there!



Thank you, Karl, for what you do in and for our community.

Remember April’s Change!

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Remember that First Fridays in April will be on the 2nd Friday which is Friday the 13th!  You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from 2 dynamic leaders from Indiana Wesleyan University (our host for First Fridays).

Mark your calendars now!  And don’t forget to register for this FREE event at:  APRIL 13 FIRST FRIDAYS EVENT REGISTRATION

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Highlights March 2 First Fridays!

I shared an image on LinkedIn on Saturday about this, but I realize that most could not read the article that the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly published by Gwen Clayton.  So here is the link to that article:  Leadership forum covers conflict resolution

Thank you, Gwen, for sharing about Brian DeCook‘s presentation and for informing folks about First Fridays!  We appreciate this!

For more from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, visit them at:


June 1 Women-Only Event Registration Open!

sweetwaterAs you may know, our June 1 event will be a women-only forum at Sweetwater.  Registration is now open!  Follow this link to register for this free event: June 1 Event at Sweetwater


Brenda Gerber Vincent of Lifeline Youth & Family Services will be our guest speaker.  You will not want to miss this event.  Please invite colleagues and friends.  While this venue provides more seating, seating will be limited so register soon and put this event on your calendar.



Team Smart Relationships – a Recap of March 2 First Fridays

img_2273Brian DeCook has provided the following Executive Summary of his content from last week’s First Fridays presentation.  If you, your department, or company would like to contact Brian, his contact information is listed below.  As you know, he can bring value to you and your team!

Team Smart Relationships – Presentation Summary

1. A Conflict Culture consists of the values, attitudes, goals and practices
related to the way a team processes and responds to conflict.

2. Two Essential Values – Respect & Responsibility

3. Respect – Treating others the way you want to be treated

4. Responsibility – Doing what you agreed or were assigned to do and
doing it to the best of your ability.

5. The Three Relationship Engines – Authority, Correction, and Offense

6. Authority – The Power to Serve

7. Correction – The Power to Grow

8. Offense – The Power to Transform

9. Team Smart Moment – A moment in workplace interaction when a
relationship is diminished or damaged. When a team smart moment
occurs, someone feels slighted, attacked, or wronged.

10. Every team smart moment provides leaders with an opportunity to
reinforce the conflict culture values of respect and responsibility.

TwoFires Consulting
Speaker: Brian DeCook
Contact Information:
Tel. 855.747.3223