Outreach Breakfasts are semi-annual events where hundreds of men gather from the region to engage nationally known speakers on topics of leadership and faith. These breakfasts raise funds for The Gathering Miami Valley but have become a great asset to the community and an opportunity to connect men to men and men to God.
By Kermit Rowe
Gathering Communications Committee
A sellout crowd of over 400 gathered to hear him speak, a sequel/prequel to his wildly successful breakout book is being planned and maybe even a movie.
The future certainly looks bright for Todd Gongwer, author of the widely acclaimed book “Lead … For God’s Sake.” But at The Gathering of Miami Valley’s annual fall breakfast at Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in Springfield on Sept. 20, guest speaker Gongwer was quick to point out his role in his recent success.
“I have no business being up here this morning aside from God taking something from me and doing it better,” he said.
Gongwer said at the foundation of all his teaching is purpose. So he posed three main questions to help those in attendance find their purpose.
The first was: “What is leadership to me?”
“When we hear the word ‘leadership,’ everyone has a little different definition,” he said. “Leadership is so much more than influence. It is words, attitudes and behaviors, what I like to call WABs.
“Most of us are leaders already,” he continued. “The question is: Are we maximizing our role?”
Gongwer pointed out that sometimes we underestimate the power of the words we are using. We need to use our words to influence, he added. But there is a void of leaders accepting responsibility.
“In society today, it’s about finding fault with someone else instead of accepting responsibility,“ Gongwer said. “You may be five percent of the problem, but you are still part of the problem.”
The second question is: “Who do I want to be?“
“You already are leading with your heart, but where is your heart?” he said. “Today, whatever seems right to you is right. It doesn’t work that way with a team.
“Your heart is always under construction,” he continued. “Are you managing it, or is it managing you?”
The last of three questions is simply “Why?”
“Why do you do what you do?” he asked rhetorically. “What is the purpose? For something to be at its best, it has to serve the purpose it was supposed to serve.”
Gongwer said big parts of that purpose are relationship and love.
“Our primary purpose is relationship – first with God; second with others,” he said. “Love goes along with that. You can’t love God unless you love others around you.”
Todd is first and foremost, a husband and father. His expertise in leadership and cultural dynamics comes from a broad range of experiences in the world of business and athletics, spanning over 25 years. He has held numerous executive positions in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-up to public entity, while also serving as an assistant college basketball coach for over a decade.
Following the successful launch of the Need to LEAD program, a systematic approach to shaping team culture, Todd wrote LEAD…for God’s Sake, A parable for finding the heart of leadership. As the popularity of the book grew, stories of its powerful impact surfaced in such noted publications as ESPN Magazine, Yahoo Sports, ESPN.com and Forbes.com. Testimonies from high profile coaches, business leaders, and educators from around the country continued to stream in, affording Todd the opportunity to work directly with some of the most successful leaders, teams and organizations in America (listed below).
Today, when Todd isn’t coaching his own children, he travels throughout the country speaking, teaching, and coaching on the topics of leadership, purpose and cultural dynamics. He lives in Indiana with his wife Traci and their three children; Kaden, Kira, and their newest arrival from Haiti, Wadson.
A FEW NOTABLE ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE KEY LEADERS OR TEAMS HAVE EMBRACED TODD’S MESSAGES:
NCAA: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Arizona State, University of Virginia, Clemson, USC, UCLA, Indiana University, Nebraska, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Furman University, Marquette, Notre Dame…
Professional Sports: Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Indianapolis Colts…
Business: Farm Bureau Insurance, Thrivent Financial, Bojangles Restaurants, Tyson Foods, Healthcare Trust of America, Chic-Fil-A, Patrick Industries, Ozinga Inc., Union Home Mortgage, The CORE training Group…
A FEW NOTABLE LEADERS IMPACTED BY THE MESSAGE:
Lou Holtz (ESPN) “…wish I’d read it 30 years ago.”
Ken Blanchard (Author One Minute Manager) “Amazing book! Cried a number of times – a very special message!”
Urban Meyer (OSU) “One of the most powerful books I’ve ever had.”
Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) “Mandatory reading for all of my coaches.”
John Smoltz (Former Major League Pitcher) “Powerful, life changing!”
Thad Motta (OSU) “Really helped me gain proper perspective.”
Buzz Williams (Virginia Tech) “One of the best books I’ve ever read!”
Donnie Smith (CEO Tyson foods) “Amazing book – great message!”
Scott Peter (CEO Healthcare Trust of America) “Unbelievably powerful!”
Co-Chairmen of the event:
Brock Bowen has been a Realtor with Real Estate II since 2012 & works on a team with Dee & Jeff Horne. He has been awarded as a multi-million dollar producer the last 3 years. As a Realtor he is dedicated to professionalism, integrity and being part of the community.
Brock was a 2016 Young Gun, attends church at “My Church”, he serves on the Northridge Baseball Board and as Head Coach for the Northridge Bearcats Junior Varsity Football team. He has been married for 11 years to Sasha they have 2 children Connor (9) & Brooke (7). Brock strongly believes when you put God first that nothing is impossible & people are looking for a hand-up not a hand-out!!
The HORNE Team
Real Estate II
Michael J. McDorman has served as president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce since April 2006.
Prior to his position at the Chamber, McDorman was Springfield Area Manager for Ohio Edison, serving part of First Energy’s Ohio Edison/Penn Power region that includes Clark, Madison, Union, and Delaware counties.
In his role as president, McDorman oversees the operations of the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Improvement Corporation of Springfield and Clark County and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He is past chairman and 2006 campaign chair of United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison counties and past chairman of Junior Achievement.
He also serves on the board of Directors of the Springfield Ohio Port Authority, Clark State Community College, Clark County Convention Facility Authority, Clark County Jail Chaplaincy, and was named Clark County’s 2010 Leader of the Year.
A Springfield native, McDorman serves on a number of regional boards and committees and is an active member of the Springfield Rotary Club.
He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School, a 1989 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Clark County. He and his wife, Jerri, live in Springfield and have two daughters, Kalie and Courtney.
Scott McGohan is the CEO of McGohan Brabender. He works on vision casting, strategy alignment and leadership deployment. He has been with MB since 1988. As a business
leader, it is always about people for Scott — always has been and always will be.
Scott believes that understanding your core is the essence of transformation. That includes being vulnerable about both your strengths and weaknesses. He believes people need to see leaders make mistakes, own them when they do and teach people through success and failure. Scott believes you cannot threaten, coerce or reward people to care. You can only awaken the desire inside of them and give them the permission and encouragement to do so. Products are delivered by people, and when people believe in themselves they will believe in you.