In Between First Fridays

So many of you have been sharing about how you’ve grown through First Fridays.  You’ve shared about the value you receive and the great people you are meeting.  Jere and I love hearing that – that is our goal for leaders here in NE Indiana.

But what happens in between First Fridays?  How can you continue the experience beyond the 1 hour meeting?

  • Read.  Many of our presenters mention a book.  Go out and pick that book up (i.e. Amazon, library, etc.) and read it.  Read, reflect, and learn.
  • Connect.  I see many of you meeting new people at First Fridays. I see you exchanging business cards.  Take it a step further.  Reach out to one of those new people you’ve met and invite them to coffee or lunch.  In advance, prepare some good questions you can ask them with the intent of making a more meaningful connection.
  • Invite.  Why not invite someone to the next First Fridays?  I’ve heard from some of you that you are actively doing that.  I just spoke with my realtor yesterday and invited her. Spread the word about how leaders are growing at First Fridays.

I want to encourage you to not allow First Fridays to merely become an event.  Put into practice what you are learning.  Tell someone else about how you are growing as a leader.  Go to our YouTube channel (First Fridays Fort Wayne) and re-watch/listen to a presentation.  Share that presentation with someone.

As always, we appreciate your support and participation.  We are passionate about leadership.  You are making First Fridays a success story.  Thank you!

Dec 7 2018 Marlin Stutzman flyer

(Click on the image above to register for the December forum.)

 

Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne

What an inspiring morning! I had the privilege of attending the Passport to Manhood event presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne. Get to know this organization!

This organization influences hundreds of young people in our community. Below are some photo highlight from this morning:

Joe Jordan, CEO of the Club – what a great man!

Pat Hoffman of WANE TV did an excellent job in emceeing the event.

Larry Weigand shared from his heart. “You can’t buy sweat.” “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

The new facility being built.

And the winner is…

Joe Jordan shared this quote.

First Fridays – Growing in Ohio!

First Fridays expanding

On October 5, First Fridays will launch for the first time on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, Cincinnati!  We are beyond excited for this development.

We want to say “Thank You!” to our First Fridays Fort Wayne connectors who have helped make First Fridays successful.  Your participation and connection with us makes each First Fridays meaningful.  And thank you to all of our past and future presenters.  You are making us all better!

Be watching for more news of expansion…

 

 

Lunch with a Leader – Justin Clupper

Justin ClupperA couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to have lunch with Justin Clupper at one of my (and his) favorite places downtown.  I had reached out to Justin to meet for lunch so I could get to know him better.  What prompted this?  One of the leaders on my team, Amanda Muldoon, had just graduated from Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.’s Leadership Fort Wayne.  At their spring event at Sweetwater, I heard Justin speak which led me to reach out to him.

Justin’s story can be summarized this way:  he seeks to improve whatever he is involved in.  From his early days at a high school student in Columbia City where he helped lead that effort to make their on-campus radio station one of the best in the nation to his work at Taylor University’s on-campus radio station.  There he helped lead the work to move from an over-the-air station to an online station.  Justin’s passion was to make things better.

After graduation, Justin worked in various fields before landing at Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.  Again, his “M.O.” was to step into a situation and create better processes which led to better results.  And he continues that today in his role as Director of Signature Programs.

If you want to know where leadership is heading in the Fort Wayne area, Justin Clupper is one of your go-to people.  Justin is more than just an insightful, intelligent man.  He is passionate about “building community leaders and attracting great talent” in NE Indiana.

Justin is a great family man.  It also turns out we attend the same church, Emmanuel Justin Clupper familyCommunity Church (hey, it’s a big church!).

You’ll see Justin from time to time at First Fridays.  You’ll find him on LinkedIn and on Twitter, too.  Make a connection with Justin.  You’ll quickly see how and why Justin adds value to NE Indiana.

 

by Jim Johnson

One Month and One Day

Sept 7 flyer Scott Druhot

On September 7, First Fridays kicks off season 2!  Have you secured your free spot yet?  If not, visit this link:  September 7 registration

On our main page on this website you’ll find our calendar of our confirmed presenters from September to May.

We are working on another women’s event for June, so stay tuned for that information.  We are planning to expand what we did this past June.

Think about who you could invite and bring to the September 7 event.  Someone who has not attended yet.  Drop them an email.  Call them.  Set this up now!

If you are attending the Global Leadership Summit this Thursday and Friday at the Coliseum, look for us.  Jere and Jan will be working the Indiana Wesleyan University table.  I’ll be there with my leadership team (look for the First Fridays shirt).

The Surprising Power of the Coil

CoilMy uncle, Dr. David Klopfenstein, recently recommended a book to me written by his good friend, Greg Campbell (formerly EVP of Coldwell Banker Corp and Partner of Richard Ellis, USA).  When he read about my reading goal for 2018, Uncle Dave told me I should pick up the book, The Surprising Power of the Coil.  So I did.

This short book (77 pages) is turning out to be very good.  And it is aligning with one of my passions – connecting with others and building relationships that will positively impact and influence others .

The Coil, as I understand at this point in the book (I’m at page 33), is the experience of our lives as we build relationships, grow and develop as leaders, and serve others all along the process.  I love Greg’s following illustration on how the Coil works in our lives.

“As we intersect with many people over the course of our lives, whether for a short term or a much longer period, we build up what we might term “relationship points” with these individuals…are a form of relationship currency we keep safe in a bank.  What we invest in the bank is meant for future use, to be withdrawn only after we exercise a fair amount of discretion regarding their appropriate expenditure.  We will not withdraw…indiscriminately….The larger our account grows, the more potential we have to accomplish some important future ventures….when someone in our coil calls upon us to make a withdrawal from our savings account, we respond by doing whatever we can, “just because.”  We must have no expectation of reciprocity.”

Building solid relationships – expanding your relationship reach – allows you to build up your “account” and, when the time is right, you can significantly help someone by drawing from your account (e.g. introducing that person to the “right” person at a company).  And a time may come where you need to withdrawal on someone else’s account.  The Coil is about giving.  As Greg writes “It’s about becoming better.”

If you are looking for a good book, click on the link above to order The Coil today.  It will make you think.  It will make you act.

And remember this:  First Fridays is specifically designed to help you build and strengthen your own personal coil.  Read this book.  Build your relationships.  Invest in others and yourself.

UPDATE:  I just finished this book.  I am telling you, BUY THIS BOOK!  This book reveals the power of connections and relationships.  You will undoubtedly remember your own examples of how the Coil has already been working in your life.  And by reading this book, you will begin to intentionally act!  Thank you, Greg Campbell, for unveiling The Surprising Power of the Coil!  

 

 

What’s in store for Season 2 of First Fridays?

giftJere and I have come to think of First Fridays as our gift to the leaders of NE Indiana.  Every month, we are honored to share gifts – gifts in the form of outstanding leaders on a wide range of topics.  So what can you anticipate being gift-wrapped for you in season 2?

  • Becoming the best leader you can become
  • Understanding how vision and communication can drive your business to success
  • What leadership looks like under stress
  • Leaders giving back to their communities
  • Understanding and leveraging your strengths
  • Servant leadership
  • Communication skill building
  • and much more

We were recently asked if we first select the topics that are presented at First Fridays.  No, we look for great leaders who will tell a compelling story that will benefit us all.  Out of great leaders come impacting topics.  We experienced this last year, didn’t we?  The same will be true in 2018-2019.

We are working on some new things for this new season.  We are already looking to expand our June Women’s event.  Stay tuned for that!

We are looking forward to seeing you on September 7!  If you plan to attend the Global Leadership Summit, Jere will be working the Indiana Wesleyan University table and I’ll be wearing something with the First Fridays logo on it!  Be sure to say “hi!”

season 2