Lunch with a Leader – Sabrina Moon

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Jere Johnson and I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Sabrina Moon to enjoy a time of refreshing fellowship the other day.

Sabrina, CEO of the Problem Solving Institute, is a local of the Northeast Indiana area. She moved away for a period of time in order to follow her career as a corporate leader, coach and trainer.

As part of Dr. Brené Brown’s global team of Certified Facilitators, she provides Dare to Lead™ coaching and training to a broad range of organizations from manufacturing, automotive, supply chain/logistics, chemical and the healthcare industry. In addition she serves Executive/C Suite, Directors, Managers, Engineering/Tech, Front Line Supervisors and the workforce.

Sabrina weaves together a strategic partnership of diverse leaders with a wide range of industry experience to ensure the Problem Solving Institute are highly qualified to respond appropriately to the varied needs of their clientele.

Sabrina Moon is an incredible resource to our community. For more information on how the Problem Solving Institute can partner with you in the attainment of your corporate goals refer to the links below.

Problem Solving InstituteWeb:

Thank you Jesus Rosario for connecting us.

Submitted by: Rob Kee and Jere Johnson

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

An Endorsement

I came across this today. My son had to write a short paper a couple of years ago in school. I’ll take this endorsement any time!

If you want to know the heart and passion behind First Fridays, my son captured it in his paper…

Favorite leader

My favorite leader is my dad. He had the courage to influence others, by creating a business where he helps everyday citizens, become confident with what they do. The business is non-profitable (love this!) and meets once every month. He brings in some of Fort Wayne’s top leaders and lets them help others. He is fearless of meeting new people.

A few months ago he went down to Canada to speak at a university in front of hundreds of people. He has integrity, because he loves doing his job but, he also has the integrity to help others learn and grow as leaders.

He is amazing at communicating. He gets the message out to people, that no matter where they work, no matter if they don’t have a job, they can still be great leaders in their community. When they meet they talk about how to lead others to become leaders.

He and my uncle were having a get together, and they said they wanted to have the community grow as leaders. They have been extremely successful and are still working hard to get new leaders in the community. He has been very supportive of people when they feel they aren’t doing a good enough job at work. He ran the student counsel at Haverhill elementary, and talked to us about how we can be leaders at school. He would also be glad to come in and talk to our class about leadership sometime. (I gave you his card).

Register today for our kick-off event with John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

You can register for this free event here: September 6 Registration

Leadership Lessons Over Omelets by Jere Johnson

Dr. Michael MoffitI had the opportunity to have breakfast at IHOP with one of Indiana Wesleyan’s finest leaders, Dr. Michael Moffitt.  Dr. Moffitt has been with IWU since 2001 and is currently serving the President as a Special Assistant in Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Michael’s journey to Indiana Wesleyan was not an easy path, however, he has counted his blessings all along the way.  He grew up in the Los Angeles area and recalled making it home each day was a good day.  A star athlete in high school landed him at a school where after his first semester he was asked to leave due to his grades.

His athletic journey took him to Los Angeles City College then to Fresno State University.  After his senior season while passing one of his coach’s office, he was called in to meet a scout from the Green Bay Packers who spent 10 minutes with him on the field doing drills.  Moffitt was called after the draft early in the morning to let him know he would be a Packer.  He spent one year with the Packers and went to Colts training camp and realized he was done with football.

As I sat and listened to Michael his passion and purpose for life quickly came to the surface.  He used all of his setbacks in life to project him to a promising future.  After working in the corporate world, he landed a position at Bethel College in Indiana where his leadership skills began to develop in a great way.  He joined the staff of Indiana Wesleyan in 2001 and became the first African American on the President’s Cabinet.

What impressed me about Dr. Moffitt was his humble, gracious spirit as he shared aboutDr. Michael Moffit with Ernie Johnson Jr his past, but where his legacy will land is with his greatest accomplishment, his family.  He married Latrese, who was an All-American track star and Olympic High Jumper.  Their two children are Michael Jr., and Janae who are both record setting high jumpers as well.  Michael Jr. competed at Indiana Wesleyan University while Janae competes at Purdue University.

Dr. Moffitt is one of the most approachable leaders and travels extensively in his role at IWU.  He will be a future First Fridays speaker in the season to come.  I would encourage you to connect with Dr. Moffitt via LinkedIn.  Thank you Dr. Moffitt for shining brighter as you have made an impact through Indiana Wesleyan University and the legacy you are leaving with your family.

Leadership and Coalition Building by Dr. Matt Lucas

JasperUntil recently (January 2019), Terry Seitz served as the Mayor of Jasper, Indiana. During his tenure, Jasper initiated a number of public projects which brought together public and private money to redevelop the city and bring jobs to the community. In 2018 alone, there were three major projects completed or underway: the restoration of an old downtown movie theater into a performance and movie theater (The Astra), the creation of Parklands of Jasper, a 75-acre park on the site of a closed 9-hole golf course in the center of the community, and setting the stage for the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, a shared space for Jasper Community Arts and the Jasper Public Library. Groundbreaking is set for early April. This work was recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce by naming them Indiana Community of the Year in 2018. Terry now serves as State Outreach Director for US Senator Mike Braun (R).

In this interview, I asked Terry about building coalitions. The work he has done to bring about change in a Midwest city illustrates the power of leadership to forge new opportunities.

ML: As an elected official, success often hinges on building coalitions and bringing different people together with different perspectives and priorities. What were three skills that you needed to hone to be successful in building these coalitions?

 TS: a. I was born happy and positive, so I always ask, “How might we do this?”, rather than “Why should we do this?” One commences with a lot of light; the other starts in a dark room.

b.      Similarly, I surrounded myself with other positive leaders. It took me one full term and the dismissal of a few people to get it the right people in the right seats on the ol’ bus, but what a difference it made – to the City, to my time as mayor and to my well-being.

c.      I welcome engagement. As a local government leader, no one was a stranger. I listened to all points of view before, during and after an issue was solved or a project was underway. Ultimately, decisions had to be made and some may disagree, but that’s why I was elected.

ML: Many leadership and execution consultants have argued that a leader should focus on one priority/project at a time, but you did not follow that advice (starting multiple projects that totaled nearly $200 million), and you have argued that focusing on one at a time would not have been good for Jasper. How did you come to that conclusion and what challenges did you face with execution as you did this?

TS: Fortunately, we had just completed a strong Comprehensive Plan the year before I was elected. Unfortunately, most of our Common Council which passed it 7-0, never read it. When we started implementing the actions called for in the plan we got a great deal of pushback due to “change”. Concurrently, we received much public support and the more we leveraged the support the more actions we completed. I am an advocate of “plan your work and work your plan”. On a side note, change really is difficult. In 2015, my re-election ended in a tie after 4,000 votes were cast. I won by one vote in a recount. It remains the highest number of votes cast in an Indiana election which ended in a tie. I never looked back.

ML: A lot of your work centered on redevelopment. As any leader knows, it is easier to start with nothing than redeveloping, relaunching or restarting an existing company, project (or in your case, city). There is a lot of memory and culture tied to the status quo. How did you go about getting people to let go of the past so they could build a new future?

TS: Jasper’s robust business community became the drivers and supporters of change. They welcomed our adoption of state economic development laws and invested in our City again through capital and employee expansion; they became partners in the turning old properties into new uses and; they joined the general public in financially supporting our endeavors. We called this P4: Public Private Philanthropic Partnerships. Once people saw growth in our private sector and the support provided to the City, they became much more supportive of the public sector projects.

ML: One of the challenges you faced was talent development and acquisition. This has become a major problem for businesses and cities. How did you address this for a town of 15,000 in southern Indiana? What advice would you give to leaders trying to address talent acquisition challenges?

TS: With employment at 98% for years, attracting talent to Jasper/Dubois County remains the constant major issue in order to sustain our existing companies. I firmly believe the private investments and public projects we have completed and underway will support growth. Quality of Place items like our joint arts and public library center, The Parklands of Jasper, the Smithville Fiber buildout in the city and creating a greater variety of housing options are laying the groundwork of being an even more attractive place to live and work. The State of Indiana is encouraging the same.

At the same time, we are not growing enough to meet even the basic levels of employment. When we do grow, it’s often from the rural counties around us and that’s not optimal. Similarly, the Indianapolis/donut counties draw from Indiana’s rural counties and that isn’t sustainable, either. I commend Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim Indiana) and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute for researching other Midwest states where growth is occurring and offering alternative ideas beyond the scope of where we are today.

ML: What is your favorite leadership book and why?


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


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