Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Sweeney Agency Change , Leadership , Sales No comments
Over the past few months I’ve been spending a lot of time studying and reflecting on what makes some individuals rise to extreme heights while others simply seem to be settling for a life on the sidelines. What makes the difference? What are the people that are thriving doing differently? Are they some how more unique and special? Are they blessed with powers and intelligence beyond most? How h...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Sweeney Agency Employees , Inspiration , Leadership , Teamwork No comments
Situational awareness (SA) means having a 360 degree picture of your environment and can increase your ability to adapt to change and improve your chances of success. The key to building SA is teamwork, and a critical component of teamwork is understanding one’s roles and responsibilities in every engagement. In combat, the way fighter pilots delineate roles and responsibilities is by having an...
Thursday, November 08, 2018 Sweeney Agency Employees , Leadership , Management , Motivation No comments
A work environment teeming with bureaucracy, trivial work tasks, and inefficient leaders chokes enthusiasm and builds impenetrable barriers to success. It’s your job to make sure these barriers to great ideas are torn down. You must establish trust and create the ideal climate so your people can do their best work every day. On Benfold, I first focused on the importance of connecting my crew me...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 Sweeney Agency Communication , Customer Service , Management , Marketing No comments
Nostalgic for his mother’s thick and natural yogurt years after immigrating from the mountains of Eastern Turkey, Hamdi Ulukaya got a small business loan in 2007 for $700,000 to make his own yogurt. He bought a Kraft yogurt plant that was about to be shut down to produce his yogurt, which he named Chobani, meaning ‘shepherd’ in Turkish. Taking care of employees, using natural ingredients, and d...
Sunday, November 04, 2018 Sweeney Agency General , Innovation , Inspiration , Leadership , Management , Motivation , Teamwork No comments
Every month, Clients call, email, and even text us asking about different Speakers they are considering for upcoming events.  They ask questions, view videos, read testimonials and in some cases request a call with a Speaker, something we are delighted to arrange. Based on all that activity, here are the 10 Speakers clients were talking about in October 2018.. Michelle Ray – Change, Commu...
Sunday, November 04, 2018 Sweeney Agency Inspiration , Leadership , Teamwork No comments
A few weeks ago we realized that we lost the one and only key to one of our four-wheelers at our cabin. I rolled it up the trailer and took it to the local ATV shop and asked them to put in a new ignition so that we could have a new key. They had to order in the part and so it would take a couple of days. They called three days later saying that it was done but I wasn’t heading back to our cabi...
Sunday, November 04, 2018 Sweeney Agency Economy No comments
The Saudi government is probably not in immediate danger. King Salman and MBS have successfully centralized control of the major nodes of power in Saudi Arabia: the tribal elites, the national guard, the military, the interior ministry and the clerics. The speculation that MBS will be ditched because of Khashoggi’s murder is misplaced; King Salman has ordered a reorganization of Saudi intellige...
Sunday, November 04, 2018 Sweeney Agency Communication , Employees , Leadership , Teamwork No comments
We have been reviewing and researching speakers on communication for 18 years and have seen some incredibly  insightful presentations. Based on client feedback, here are 4 of the best books on communications by 4 great speakers. Kindra Hall – Author, Speaker, and Communication Expert Kindra Hall knows the challenges executives, top performers and brands experience as they try to capture a...
Sunday, November 04, 2018 Sweeney Agency Employees , General , Inspiration , Motivation No comments
Your life will be judged by the thousands of decisions you have made. Some decisions will be as easy. Some will be hard. Others live in what is called GREY SPACE. Come back in five seconds and I’ll explain how to manage the GREY SPACE. RLC . Ross Shafer here and I want to talk to you about GREY SPACE…those times when ambiguity causes your decision making to freeze up. Grey Space can make you se...
Sunday, November 04, 2018 Sweeney Agency Change , Innovation , Leadership No comments
With our national focus on productivity and financial gain, we carefully measure Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other metrics related to our economic outputs. Yet as our economy remains strong, our nation suffers greatly in other categories. Suicide rates have skyrocketed in recent years, while the opioid crisis has torn apart families and communities. Venom spews from politicians on both sid...