Introducing Dr. Eddy Shigley

Eddy will be our speaker for the next First Fridays Fort Wayne event on April 12 (note new date!).  Jere sat down with Eddy to have him share something we’ll hear more about on April 12 (plus his NCAA pick).

Register for this free event here:  April 12 First Fridays with Dr. Eddy Shigley

A Leader’s Five Journeys by Dr. Matt Lucas

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Leadership always reveals our inner qualities. You can fake it for awhile, displaying an easy-going spirit you heard about in a leadership podcast, but eventually the truth will out. Then there are those of us who do not try to disguise it and all the gunk from our inner selves splatters on those around us (think: Elon Musk).

Leadership puts your truest self on display if for no other reason than others are watching, either because they’re paid to follow or they’re deciding if they will continue. And nothing reveals the inner self of leaders like stress, challenges, unforeseen obstacles and failure.

When I think of leadership from this perspective, the metaphor of journey comes to mind. Some of the greatest stories of the world are stories of epic journeys: The OdysseyThe Divine ComedyPilgrims ProgressThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandCharlie and the Chocolate Factory. While the plot of each story focuses on the trials and challenges experienced along the way, the true journey is the learning and growth of the hero or heroine.

Anyone who has been a leader can relate to this. While the story that everyone sees are the challenges and trials the leader navigates, the true journey is the inward one where the leader grows and learns. I have found that every leader has five journeys to take:

1.    Followership journey- from independence to dependence where we learn that we are better together.

2.    Stewardship journey- from selfishness to generosity where we learn that it is easy to give what we do not own.

3.    Leadership journey

Read the rest of this article and follow Dr. Lucas here:

Dr. Matt Lucas is the Chancellor at Indiana Wesleyan University National & Global.

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brian decookBrian DeCook was one of our speakers in Season 1 of First Fridays Fort Wayne.  He is an expert on conflict management/resolution.  Below is a recent article he posted on LinkedIn.  


The power of conflict is amazing. It can humble and humiliate us. It can expose our selfishness and arrogance. It can take a gifted and talented team and turn it into a band of dysfunctional misfits. Conflict can hinder relationships, diminish productivity, and destroy morale.

But the power of conflict can also energize and elevate us. It can take the coal of our character and create a diamond. It can turn a mediocre team into champions.

So why do some teams elevate their performance during a conflict when others fall apart?

To learn more about Brian, his services, and to finish this article, follow this link:  The Amazing Power of Conflict

Defining Leadership by Dr. Matt Lucas

img_2736-1Dr. Matt Lucas was one of our guest speakers in 2018.  He is the Chancellor at Indiana Wesleyan University – National and Global.  Here is an excerpt from a recent article he published on LinkedIn.  You can read the entire article and follow Dr. Lucas by clicking on the link provided below:

“I have read hundreds of definitions of leadership, from the very academic to the practical, from paragraphs to single words (Influence à la John Maxwell). As I think about leadership and observe effective leaders I want to follow, I see them answering four questions as they define and embody leadership:

1.      How does the leader interact with followers?

Leaders are always answering this question. How they answer this shapes the culture of their team, department or organization. From dictate to serve, there is a range of verbs (command, direct, guide, empower) that reflect the leader’s heart. Of course, there is a time for each, but the leader’s true self is revealed in times of stress. And we have all been around the leader who professes one verb but lives another.

2.      How does the leader describe those who follow?

I am always listening for the way the leader describes those around her. On one end of the continuum are words like partner, colleague, team member—terms that shrink the distance between leader and follower—and at the other are words like subordinate and supporter that increase the distance and draws attention to the gap.

3.      What does the leader add to the relationship?”

Read the rest here:

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Invest in YOU Each Month

First Fridays Fort Wayne is designed with YOU in mind all the time.  We strive to bring in compelling, interesting, and challenging speakers each month.  This is your opportunity to invest in your own personal leadership development.  All it takes is a 1 hour investment once a month.

Remember, in April we will be meeting on the 2nd Friday due to Spring Break.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Eddy Shigley from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Eddy has presented on leadership issues all over the world.  You will love his approach and his insights.  To register, click on the image below.  And remember to invite someone to attend with you!