What’s Next for First Fridays?

About a week ago, Jere, Rob Kee, and Jim had a planning session where a new event was being planned. We have our assignments and will be sharing about this soon.

First Fridays Fort Wayne has always made it our goal to add value to others. This event is being designed to do just that. It addresses the economic environment we are all in currently. Stay tuned for more information.

The First Fridays Fort Wayne Board met yesterday. We are excited about Season 4 starting back up in September. We have our line-up of dynamic speakers. We have been in contact with Lutheran Hospital to find out how the pandemic might be still affecting our new location at the Kachmann Auditorium. When we find this out, we will be sharing this with all of you.

We appreciate your participation and support you’ve shown during this pandemic. We were able to pivot and keep our leadership content flowing virtually.

Don’t forget that First Fridays Fort Wayne as a YouTube channel. Our regular, monthly presentations can be found there as well as our very popular High 5 video interviews of local leaders. You can find us on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2si7D0ee_zYJHpJlGNw6ug?view_as=subscriber

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel so you won’t miss any of our content there.

And remember, we have a LinkedIn page where we post about upcoming events. You can find us and follow us at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/first-friday-s-fw/?viewAsMember=true

Our Purpose:                                                                                                      

To encourage leaders to grow by:

  • Learning what leadership looks like in area organizations
  • Networking with area leaders
  • Being exposed to a variety of meaningful topics presented by dynamic, compelling leaders & organizations in the Greater Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Who attends First Fridays Fort Wayne?

Area leaders from any organization: 

  • C-Suite
  • VP, Executives
  • Business owners
  • Middle Managers
  • Emerging leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Students preparing for leadership roles

Lunch with a Leader – Dr. Nick McBride

nick mcbrideI met Dr. Nick McBride about a month ago while my siblings and I were waiting for my father’s surgery to begin at Parkview Regional Medical Center.  I had observed Nick interact with an elderly woman who he was helping (read about that here).  I had the honor of having lunch with Nick last week.

Dr. McBride is a pharmacist at Parkview.  He also is a personal development coach, speaker, and (hopefully soon) an author.  Nick shared his leadership journey with me from his many years working at Walgreens and moving up the leadership ladder there.  I learned a lot of the work of a pharmacist at a large regional hospital.

Nick’s passion and drive are evident as you talk with him.  The word “intention” kept popping up in our conversation.  Nick applies intention to his pharmacy work, to his own personal, leadership development, and to his family.  I ended up encouraging him to start thinking about writing a book especially geared towards a millennial audience.  We did some brainstorming around this topic.  Nick as a lot of value to share with this audience and beyond.

I am encouraged to meet leaders such as Dr. McBride.  We can tend to poke fun at a younger generation (I’m far removed from being a millennial).  But coming away from our lunch meeting, I am continually impressed with the young leaders such as Dr. McBride who reside and work here in NE Indiana.  I believe our future is in good hands.

Thank you, Dr. McBride, for serving in our community.  Thank you for the example you set on the job and with your family.

Keep your eyes on this leader!

submitted by: Jim Johnson, co-founder of First Fridays Fort Wayne

Effective Communication at Work

In an article published in May, 2019, Vartika Kashyap shared the following:

Communication is one of the major concerns in the workplace. Creating and maintaining a positive work environment is what means effective workplace communication. 

We have all been there, where we are given a task or leave a meeting and have no idea what to do next. It’s quite common. According to the statistics, 57% of employees report not being given clear directions and 69% of managers are not comfortable communicating with the employees in general. From the statistics, it is clear that there is a need to improve communication in the workplace. But first things first – what is workplace communication?

Communication in the workplace is one of the signs of a high-performance culture. Exchanging information and ideas within an organization is called workplace communication. However, effective communication occurs when a message is sent and received accurately. In every aspect of life (both professional and personal), effective communication is important to success and happiness. Effective communication in the workplace is central to all business goals. 

(Read the entire article here:  https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/employee-engagement/effective-communication-in-the-workplace-how-and-why/)

On October 4, 2019, Rob Kee will be sharing how leaders can become better communicators.  You will not want to miss this session.  Rob is an effective communicator and will challenge us to communicate at our best.

How do you keep your conversations positive and headed in the right direction? Our speaker will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Rob Kee is one of the few globally Certified Coaches in the ground breaking field of Conversational Intelligence© (C-IQ). As a Specialist in the Neuroscience of Conversation Rob Kee works with executives and mid-level managers to build trust that produces extraordinary results creating a productive, efficient and transformational culture.

 

To register for this free event, click on the image below.  Our registrations are filling up fast.

img_0861

October 4 – Rob Kee

October 4 is our time with Rob Kee – a master connector and dynamic communicator. And we are back at the Kachmann Auditorium.

Click on the image above to register. Then mark your calendars to be with area leaders to learn and network. It will be s great session!

October 4 Registration Now Open!

First Fridays will be back at the Kachmann Auditorium on the campus of Lutheran Hospital on October 4. To register follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-fridays-fort-wayne-with-rob-kee-conversational-intelligence-expert-tickets-72461160281?ref=eios

Leadership Investment and Involvement by Jim Johnson

If you attended last week’s First Fridays Fort Wayne event featuring John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., you heard about so many exciting things that are happening in and around Fort Wayne.  John challenged us all to get involved – to support local growth initiatives and events and with our time, talent and treasures.

I could not agree more!  I run into many people who desire to become more influential leaders in our community.  They don’t so much as say this, but it is clear what they want.  As I engage them in a conversation, I realize that while they want to be influential, they have put little effort into two arenas that are, in my opinion, prerequisites of being recognized as an influential leadership.

Investment & Involvement

If any leader wants to to become better, she/he must take intentional steps to invest in their own development.  This investment can take the form of reading, listening to blogs, and/or attending seminars and conferences focusing on leadership development (like First Fridays events).  Executive coaches are also a viable investment for many today.  Your growth as a leader will not happen automatically.  You must work for it.

Which brings us to involvement.  NE Indiana is a great place to live, work, worship, and to raise kids.  As John Urbahns reminded us, Fort Wayne is getting national recognition for our real estate market.  We’ve even been called “cool” by a food/wine website!  We’ve got great sports teams – Mad Ants, Komets, TinCaps.

We’ve got an incredible arts community with our own Fort Wayne Philharmonic and venues such as the Clyde Theatre.  And have you seen the creative murals popping up?

We are surrounded by great restaurants and coffee houses.  There are farmer’s markets in our communities.  From famous coney dogs to award-winning farm-to-fork restaurants, NE Indiana can satisfy any taste and appetite.

Entrepreneurs are rising up and finding innovated places to work and collaborate and grow whether it’s at the downtown Atrium or getting sage advice from the NIIC.  NE Indiana is growing and we are attracting new businesses to join our growth.  The NE Indiana Regional Partnership is doing great work at spotlighting, inviting, and growing our region’s economy.

So how involved are you?  

“Hey, I know about all of this, Jim!” Great.  Are you participating?  Are you involved?

Communities become stronger and better when citizens attend events, shop local, cheer on the home team and roll up their sleeves to get involved.  Leaders set the pace and the tone – we lead in this.

My encouragement to you today is to experience NE Indiana like never before.  Attend festivals with your family.  Invite a neighbor family to go with you.  Get out to a local game.  Volunteer at your church or at the many non-profit organizations here in NE Indiana who passionately serve others.  Support the arts.  Help out at your kid’s school.

Get involved.

Step up and lead by example.  We need great corporate citizens at every level.  And we will always need a lot of them.

Be one of them!

leaderful