June 1 – Women-Only Event with Brenda Vincent Gerber!

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There is still time to register for this free event held at Sweetwater.  But you MUST register.  We have around 100 seats remaining and these will go quickly.

To register, click on this link:  June 1 Lead Your Best Life Registration

Lunch with Leaders – Nate Reusser & Brandon Noll

The latest post by Jere Johnson

It is a ten-minute drive west of Fort Wayne, but it is worth every expense to have a visit with two of Roanoke’s finest.  First, the Joseph Decuis Emporium where the hardwood floors and vintage décor gives you a warm feeling when you enter and the food was fantastic.  However, my main reason for traveling to Roanoke was to have lunch with two wonderful friends of First Fridays, Nate Reusser and Brandon Noll of Reusser Design.

Reusser Design is a progressive, innovative web development and design agency based in Northeast Indiana. They specialize in web development, graphic design, search engine optimization, internet marketing, e-commerce, content strategy and much, much more.   The more is what I learned at lunch with these two men.

When Nate walked into the café, he was warmly greeted by name by the host engaging in some local conversation.  “It is important to me to be involved in our community because my name is on everything we do and we want to give back to our area”, shared Nate, CEO of Reusser Design.  Their company is extremely busy with new accounts and new hires, but they want to make a difference for others around them.

Brandon has taken his networking to new levels.  He is one of the men who has earned the right to be a part of Parkview’s Cookin’ Men on April 21st at the Grand Wayne Center.  He will compete with other men for the grand prize.  I would love to tell you what he is cooking up, but you will have to attend the event to find out.

What I love about these men is that they are amazingly relational.  They are champion networkers at our First Fridays meetings and embrace the need to make new relationships to build their growing company.  As their business continues to grow, you will see Brandon and Nate’s leadership guiding the way.

Come to our next meeting and I am sure you will have the opportunity to meet these wonderful men.  (For a hint where to find them, check the second row from the front, you will find them there, coffee in hand.)

You’re Asking the Wrong Question by Jim Johnson

whats the worse that could happenI’ve spoken with many people about their fear or concern over networking.  I typically ask them a question my boss frequently asks:  “What’s the worse that could happen?”  Great question!  But in this case, this is the wrong question to ask.  How about this instead…

What’s the BEST that could happen when you network?  

  • You expand your relationship reach in your community.
  • You start up new friendships.
  • You learn something you didn’t know about your community.
  • You meet influential leaders that will challenge you.
  • You see what leadership looks like outside your company’s four walls.
  • You appreciate your community more by understanding what makes your community work.
  • You help connect others to others.
  • You become a trusted resource.
  • Your life becomes more enriched.

Get out and network!  Great opportunities and experiences await you.  If you don’t know where to start, attend an upcoming First Fridays forum.  Our next one is on Friday the 13th (April 13) on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.  We meet from 8-9 am.  And it is free.  We ask that participants register via Eventbrite.com to reserve their spot because seating is limited.

Lunch with a Leader – Scott Druhot

scott druhotHave you ever spent time with a friend that just brightens your day?  Scott Druhot is that person for me.  I have gotten to know Scott last fall through my brother and other First Friday’s friends.  His personality and caring nature brings the best out in others.

Scott is the Founder and CEO of Catalyst 1440, a Leadership Consulting Group, designed to deliver outstanding service and results for their business partners.  After successfully executing the 2018 Catalyst Leadership Experience in Fort Wayne this past January, Scott has engaged with leaders from across the area and into several states.

There is no question; he is a busy man.  Whether he is teaching at Huntington University, mentoring students, executive coaching, or playing taxi driver for his children, Scott continues to strive to excel in whatever service he is providing.

If you are looking for real, positive, feedback, and solutions for your business or personal strategic plan, do not hesitate to collaborate with Catalyst 1440 and Scott Druhot.  What I love most about being around Scott is that he knows how to encourage in the right way to get you motivated for action.  Make time in your schedule to connect with Catalyst 1440.  www.catalyst1440.com

Written by Jere Johnson

Lunch with a Leader – Barry Shrock

Barry ShrockHave you ever been around someone that just brightens your day?  Barry Schrock of Summit Coaching and Consulting Group is that kind of person.  Jim and I had lunch with him recently and from the moment we sat down, we both knew Barry was going to add value to our day.

Barry grew up in Ohio and like any Midwestern student, loved sports and underachieved in the classroom, until a day that changed his life.  He was called into an office by one of the coaches in the building who altered the path of his life forever.  This person shared they saw more potential in Barry than he saw in himself.  She saw Barry as a future teacher and coach!

Fast forward to today – Barry took the advice, changed his grades, redirected his path, and be became an outstanding educator, administrator, and successful basketball coach at the collegiate and high school levels.  He has used these leadership principles to guide thousands of individuals through the Clifton StrengthsFinder program to help them become the best person they could be.

The biggest takeaway for me during our time with Barry was how positive he was throughout our conversation.  He was not interested in us getting the “sales pitch” about his business, but he genuinely listened and cared about what we had to say and provided amazing feedback to questions we were asking him.

If you as an individual or your company is looking to go from good to excellent in production or leadership development, Barry and his group is worth a call.  You can reach Summit Coaching and Consulting at www.summitccg.com

by Jere Johnson

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Highlights March 2 First Fridays!

I shared an image on LinkedIn on Saturday about this, but I realize that most could not read the article that the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly published by Gwen Clayton.  So here is the link to that article:  Leadership forum covers conflict resolution

Thank you, Gwen, for sharing about Brian DeCook‘s presentation and for informing folks about First Fridays!  We appreciate this!

For more from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, visit them at: http://www.fwbusiness.com/

GFWB

Team Smart Relationships – a Recap of March 2 First Fridays

img_2273Brian DeCook has provided the following Executive Summary of his content from last week’s First Fridays presentation.  If you, your department, or company would like to contact Brian, his contact information is listed below.  As you know, he can bring value to you and your team!

Team Smart Relationships – Presentation Summary

1. A Conflict Culture consists of the values, attitudes, goals and practices
related to the way a team processes and responds to conflict.

2. Two Essential Values – Respect & Responsibility

3. Respect – Treating others the way you want to be treated

4. Responsibility – Doing what you agreed or were assigned to do and
doing it to the best of your ability.

5. The Three Relationship Engines – Authority, Correction, and Offense

6. Authority – The Power to Serve

7. Correction – The Power to Grow

8. Offense – The Power to Transform

9. Team Smart Moment – A moment in workplace interaction when a
relationship is diminished or damaged. When a team smart moment
occurs, someone feels slighted, attacked, or wronged.

10. Every team smart moment provides leaders with an opportunity to
reinforce the conflict culture values of respect and responsibility.

TwoFires Consulting
Speaker: Brian DeCook
Contact Information: bdecook@twofirescoaching.comwww.twofires.us
Tel. 855.747.3223