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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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!


Leadership Development – a One-and-Done Approach? by Jim Johnson

Since November, 2017, we have hosted the First Fridays Fort Wayne leadership development/networking forum almost every month (we take July/August off).  At each of our events, we have brought in dynamic, local leaders from Fort Wayne and NE Indiana.  Your feedback and support has been very positive to all of this.  We’ve been exposed to great leaders, great organizations and great ideas:

  • Entrepreneurship – Nate Reusser & Jeff Hoffman
  • Innovation – Karl LaPan
  • Coaching & our Leadership mindset – Jordan Langs & Dr. Matt Lucas
  • Financial Wellness – Don Cates
  • Thriving – Brenda Gerber Vicent
  • Business Success – Wayne Robison
  • Leadership Under Fire – Matt Konkler
  • Leadership Legacies – Marlin Stutzman
  • Finding Your Purpose – Barry Schrock
  • Leadership Capacity – Donovan Coley
  • Communicating Like a Pro – Heather Herron

There were more.  And much more is coming!  But is this all there is to it?  We just attend a forum, listen, and then leave?

In my opinion, there IS more.  Indulge me as we learn something from a Greek grammatical tense – present perfect.

What is that?!  Present perfect simply means “an ongoing result of a completed action.”  In other words, we hear one of the lessons above (the completed action) but then we realize the results of what we’ve heard by putting it into practice (our ongoing result).

Let me suggest some ideas that you can employ to make sure you are getting to most (the ongoing result) from your First Fridays Fort Wayne experience:

  1. Take notes.  Write down something new you’ve just heard during a presentation.
  2. Re-read your notes.  At some point after the forum, review your notes.  Jot down other impressions or follow-ups that come to you.
  3. Share your thoughts.  Share what you have learned with someone else.  When you write something down, review it, and then verbally share it with someone else, you are embedding that information into your mind giving yourself a better chance at creating your “ongoing result.”
  4. Watch the YouTube presentation again.  In Season 2, we have begun to provide the presentations on our YouTube channel (First Fridays Fort Wayne).  Listening to a presentation again allows us to “catch” something we may have missed the first time.
  5. Do it.  You’ll hear outstanding insights.  Now put them into practice (ongoing results).  Put your knowledge into action.

In the New Testament, the book of James says this about this ongoing results practice:

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only… James 1:22

Our desire at First Fridays Fort Wayne is to help leaders grow and network.  Our goal in this post is to help provide some further insight in the growth arena.

Remember this:  when leaders get better, their companies/organizations become better.  When that ongoing result happens, our city, county, region, state, country, and world becomes better.

Thank you “doing” First Fridays Fort Wayne – and continually doing the work in your personal, leadership journey.

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November 2 First Fridays Review

If you missed yesterday’s First Fridays, here is a quick snapshot of what happened. I’ll be uploading a video soon so you can hear Matt Konkler’s presentation.

We had a great crowd again! Thank you, veterans, for your service. We are always thankful for you!

Matt Konkler shared insights on leadership from his experiences serving in Washington, D.C. with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates. Great stories. Valuable lessons.

Here are the leadership traits Matt saw on display in some of the top leaders in our nation.

Matt shared these characteristics that we. An all aspire to.