AI in Daily life by Mike Walsh

Futurist Mike Walsh is always ahead of the curve. In this video from a recent keynote, Mike shares the next big change coming in AI – it’s all about how we interface with technology where our interactions will be entirely natural. Watch this video on how China is an amazing example of AI technology in daily life.

 

About Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s bestselling books include ‘FUTURETAINMENT’ and ‘The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas’. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.


To Learn more about Mike contact [email protected]

Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866 727-7555 or [email protected]

The 14 Rules of History-Making Teams by Josh Linkner

It’s often been said that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The notion is that the belief system – or core operating principles – of an organization are what matters most at the ground level. These core beliefs guide everyday decision-making, behavior, and responses to challenges. Clearly defined core values permeate every corner of a company, removing the burden of leaders to intervene constantly and allowing empowered team members a roadmap for high achievement.

Having studied high-performing cultures for over two-decades, as well as building five companies of my own, I’ve discovered the 14 core beliefs of the highest performing teams:

  1. Play like you want to be remembered.

Pursue big things that move the world and leave a mark, or simply don’t do them. Think and act like you’re making history, and in turn you will.

  1. Don’t wait.

Take initiative; leap into action. Don’t wait for direction, permission, or a final directive to move forward. We are all responsible to initiate the change we seek.

  1. Compress time.

Cultivate speed, reduce cycles, learn and grow faster, deliver freakish response times, demonstrate fire department urgency. If capital was the most valuable asset in the past, today speed carries the day.

  1. Obey the No A-hole Rule.

Lift others up instead of cutting them down. Support instead of destroy. Double down on humility and leave the ego on the sidelines. Positivity and teamwork drive performance. Life’s just too short for grumpy jerks.

  1. Be the DaVinci of your craft.

Hold yourself and each other to the absolute highest standards, stretch for more, create and deliver your body of work with artistry.

  1. Out-hustle by a full decimal point.

You may fall short on talent or skill or resources, but never get out-hustled. Your grit must be untamable.

  1. Figure it out.

There’s always a way… find it. Unwilling to accept norms or limits, seek the unexpected, challenge assumptions, defy traditions.

  1. Guzzle truth serum.

Confront the brutal facts, deliver honest feedback, tell it straight, and skip the BS.

  1. Use every drop of toothpaste.

Eliminate waste, maximize your resources, drive leverage.

  1. Commit to 5X’ing.

Deliver 5X the value you extract for your company, clients, partners, community, industry, and planet. Leave it 5X better than you found it.

  1. Own the outcomes.

You’re accountable for results, plain and simple. Don’t whine or make excuses. Take full responsibility for what you deliver.

  1. Put yourself out of business.

Play up, constantly learning, adapt fast, and make elevating yourself a core job responsibility. Remain dissatisfied. Cultivate an insatiable appetite for growth and change and a deep distain for the status quo.

  1. Spike the ball.

Put points on the board, finish strong, have fun, and savor the wins.

  1. Don’t forget the dinner mint.

Surprise and delight, add something extra to what’s expected.

Business today is too complicated and fast to provide every team member a detailed operating manual for success. Instead, embrace these 14 core beliefs and your organization will be well on the way to mastery in this modern era of intense competition, digitization, and disruption. Let these rules serve as a roadmap to embrace change, drive innovation, better serve customers, and delight your bottom line.


About Josh Linker:

Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.  He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.


To Learn more about Josh contact [email protected]

Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866 727-7555 or [email protected]

10 New Speakers That Made a Big Impact in 2018

Each month our team of researchers review about 30-40 new Speakers. They watch videos, call references, talk to previous clients and then, using all that data, rate each Speaker on a scale of 1-100.  In 2018 we reviewed 518 new Speakers and picked the top 10% to join our Agency. Here are 10 New Speakers that really impressed our Clients in 2018.

Jay Acunzo | Author, Critically-Acclaimed Documentary Host/Producer

Jay Acunzo is waging war on conventional thinking. As a digital media strategist at Google, he was responsible for pushing marketing executives and practitioners into the digital age more rapidly, in ways that benefited both companies and careers. He created the award-winning podcast, Unthinkable, and co-founded Boston Content, the northeast’s largest community of content creators and marketers.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jay-Acunzo

Ryan Avery | Speaks on Personal Achievement, Leadership, and Strategic Communication

Ryan Avery’s keynotes are about improving communication and showing leaders and their teams how to go from A to THE® in their industry. Known for being one of the Millennial generation’s most profound voices on strategic communication and achievement, Ryan’s keynotes present you and your team with the actionable strategies you can use to ‘Go From A Leader to THE Leader®’ in your industry.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ryan-Avery

Cara Brookins | Inspiring Speaker on Motivating and Building a High Performance Team

Cara Brookins is best known for being the mom who built her own house using YouTube tutorials. She is also a best-selling author who has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences with her keynotes and presentations since 2004.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Cara-Brookins

Joey Coleman | Customer Experience Expert, Award-Winning Speaker, and Author

Joey Coleman is called upon for assistance when organizations like Whirlpool, NASA, Deloitte, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers’ experience. For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects. His First 100 Days® methodology helps fuel the successful customer experiences his clients deliver around the world.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joey-Coleman

Dr. Susan David | Award-Winning Harvard Medical School Psychologist

Dr. Susan David focuses on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility – Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life based on the concept Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year and winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Susan’s TED Talk on the topic went viral with over 1 million views in its first week of release.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Susan-David

Linda Galindo | Accountability Expert, Author, and Consultant

Linda Galindo is a fierce advocate for personal accountability. She wants to create a world in which everyone, regardless of circumstances or position, is accountable for their results. Galindo’s mission is to help others to find the courage to see, hear and tell their own truth so they can live fully accountable lives.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Linda-Galindo

Kindra Hall | Author, Speaker, and Communication Expert

Kindra Hall knows the challenges executives, top performers and brands experience as they try to capture attention in a crowded marketplace. Kindra is former Vice President of Sales for a multi-million dollar enterprise, national champion storyteller, 2014 Storytelling World Award recipient, a former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Management conducting original research that examined the role of storytelling in organizational socialization.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Kindra-Hall

Sterling Hawkins | Master of Innovation & Renowned Speaker on the Future of Commerce

Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles he has overcome in his own life. From selling the first company he founded in 2004 to flat broke, from a broken family business to a successful one, and from fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world, Sterling’s story is a perfect example of how anyone can take any situation and create anything from it.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Sterling-Hawkins

Duncan Wardle | Former Walt Disney Executive & Speaker on Innovation and Creativity

Having worked for The Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their entire organization. Leveraging a unique Design Thinking process, Duncan’s clients include Coca Cola, Disney, Forbes, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey and the NBA.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Duncan-Wardle

Commander/Dr. Mary Kelly | Author, International Speaker, and Leadership Economist

Dr. Mary Kelly with a PhD in economics, is an internationally-known economist and expert specializing in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication, she focuses on strategy and tactics that improve productivity and profit growth. Commander Mary Kelly served 25 years in the US Navy as an intelligence and logistics officer, mostly in Asia. Mary is the best-selling author of 11 books, and her latest, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success is used in 9 countries.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Mary-Kelly

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866-727-7555 or [email protected]

10 Speakers That Were Trending in December 2018

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 December 2018.

Jeff Tobe | Motivational Sales and Communication Speaker

Jeff Tobe is a motivational speaker who believes in the power of creativity to manage the change that is inevitable with innovation and to look at what one does from an entirely new perspective. His trademark – Coloring Outside the Lines – presentations can be applied to areas essential to your organizational success, including customer servicesalesteamwork and communication.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jeff-Tobe 

Mike Evans | Thought Leader & Speaker on Organizational Accountability and Personal Leadership

Mike Evans has developed a unique perspective from 20+ years of working alongside a star studded list of world-renowned thought leaders. He served in senior leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. In addition, he is a  leading authority on Unleashing Personal and Organizational Accountability.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Evans

Dr. George Friedman | Speaker and Author on the Future of Geopolitics

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and bestselling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-George-Friedman

Mike Mullane | Former Astronaut, Inspiring Leadership Speaker

Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children’s book Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Mullane

Libby Gill | Leadership and Employee Engagement Speaker

Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. She started her first job in entertainment only to go through three mergers in five years, where she went from assistant in a small production company to vice president of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Libby-Gill

Garry Golden | Academically Trained Futurist and Speaker on Emerging Trends

Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about issues that will shape society and business in the 21st century. His uncanny sense of what will hit—and what won’t—can be seen in futurethink’s research and heard in his international keynotes and corporate leadership seminars. His insights on how to align talent development to coming industry and market transitions have been shared with and implemented by such organizations as the McGraw-Hill Companies, Goodyear, S&P, and Reliant Energy.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Garry-Golden

Robyn Benincasa | Firefighter, CNN Hero and Motivational Adventure Racer

Robyn Benincasa  is NYT Best-Selling Author of How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth and World Champion Adventure Racer. Her unforgettable presentations have taught countless high-performance leaders all over the world about Building World Class Teams and the followership skills necessary for dynamic role shifting and true teamwork.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Robyn-Benincasa

Joey Coleman | Customer Experience Expert, Award-Winning Speaker, and Author

Joey Coleman is called upon for assistance when organizations like Whirlpool, NASA, Deloitte, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers’ experience. For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects. His First 100 Days® methodology helps fuel the successful customer experiences his clients deliver around the world.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Joey-Coleman

Lisa Bodell | Award-winning Keynote Speaker and Best-selling Author

CEO of futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. She is a recognized global leader on innovation foresight and change management, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired with a vision and armed with tools towards action. A dynamic speaker and futurist, Lisa Bodell has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. Her presentations are frequently the highest-rated sessions at conferences, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources to start innovating immediately.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Lisa-Bodell

Kaihan Krippendorff | Strategy and Innovation Expert & Founder of Outthinker

Kaihan Krippendorff is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological  change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Kaihan-Krippendorff

To Learn more about these speakers contact [email protected]

Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866-727-7555 or [email protected]