What’s Dragging Down Team Performance? Tips from Mike Abrashoff

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 members to our purpose. We focused on that only if we acted like a team and foster collaboration, not competition could we achieve our goals. This is the foundation for creating a culture of excellence. Once purpose and a sense of unity are established you can then begin to:

  • Create the ideal climate for success.
  • Remove barriers to great ideas.
  • Establish what winning means.

Your job is very simple at this stage. Use the leadership skills you already have developed to rely on the help of your front-line employees. These members of your team are most likely to help you breakthrough barriers because they feel the pain of inefficient processes and systems. They want to make a difference. And it is your job as the leader is to challenge business practices that no longer make sense.

Create the right climate for success

How can you ask your team to perform a job if the systems and processes governing the job are ineffective? People who do not trust their systems will not trust their leaders. Our employees must understand your determination to create an environment that breeds success. They must understand that all processes and systems are liable for review.

Remove barriers

Most employees want to be productive and successful. They just don’t know how or are facing obstacles that impede their goals. Breakdown these barriers by setting the right example through your actions. What you do is far more important and instructive than what you say. Your team will give you 100% if your actions convey your willingness to succeed. If your signals don’t match your words, you will fail to win the trust of your crew.

What gets measured gets done

People need to know how winning is measured. It’s not fun playing a game if you don’t keep score. The more your team knows that their efforts are contributing toward winning, the more it will cause them to give the extra effort.

You need to inspect what you expect. With customers, first impressions are important. Do your customer service representatives create an inviting atmosphere for customers when they call? Are your salespeople following up on leads? Are your employees creating loyal customers?

Benfold’s crew was very clear about how we measured success. When your team knows what you are measuring, whether it be customer satisfaction indices or customer loyalty, they will make the effort to positively affect those scores.

Diagnosing Barriers to High Team Performance

Analyze your processes and people. Jot down answers and comments to the following questions and techniques to diagnose your barriers to high performance:

Are people spending time on what Is Important?

  • When you observe your employees in action, do they consistently do meaningful work?
  • Does the time it takes to perform certain jobs outweigh the value they provide?
  • Are there redundancies in your processes or systems?

On Benfold, the best performance indicator was analyzing where people spent their time. Once the crew knew its mission, purpose, and goals, it became easy to spot time-wasting jobs and work. Similar to your organization, training was a vital part of our job on Benfold. Unfortunately, we were not spending enough time on training. We were too busy doing busy work. Do you see similar trends at your organization? Has busy-work started to dominate your team’s time? As a leader, it is your responsibility to challenge the validity of every system or process at your dealership and show your team the importance of eliminating wasteful practices.

What obstacles do you see?

  • Analyze all of your systems and determine if any need to be updated or eliminated.
  • Outline the steps in your various processes, and eliminate items that are not contributing to your goal.

Most talented employees have little patience for inefficiency, and will constantly find better ways to leverage their time. Watch these employees closely, and observer what they do and how they interact with the team.

On Benfold, what I saw was eye-opening. When select crewmembers saw the same mistakes or problems repeated, they would create alternative solutions. I quickly realized that we needed to implement what they were doing throughout the entire ship.

Are decisions made in a timely manner?

  • Outline the decision-making process at your organization.
  • List the decision makers at your dealership and the decisions they are responsible for.
  • Determine if the responsibility for making decisions falls too heavy or too light on your team.

The most important thing we did on Benfold was to make sure everyone knew what decisions they could make, and when they needed to get their boss involved. In the end, it was one simple guideline: If you would not feel comfortable having the outcome published in the Washington Post, don’t do it. We taught our crew that if a decision could possibly impact Benfold’s ability to perform its mission, then get your supervisor involved.

Remember, decisions that may impact profitability or customer satisfaction may require management involvement. Your team should be able to handle most other decisions.

About Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff‘s inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.

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]

How 2 CEOs Used Purpose to Unite Their Companies by Jeanne Bliss

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 doing good in the world are the values of the multi-billion dollar Chobani company. What makes Ulakaya inspirational is how personally he takes his business. For example, during the first five years of his operation, people who expressed any kind of dislike for his yogurt, for whatever reason, received a surprising and very human phone call from Ulakaya, who wanted to make it right for them.

Ulakaya takes the high road in more ways than one. He extends his personal commitment to his employees. An inclusive and compassionate leader, he’s given every employee a 10% stake in the company. Ulakaya has the attributes of a growth by generosity leader. In an interview with Fast Company, he said, “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t travel back to my childhood.”

Does what you learned as a child—those behaviors—guide your gestures and your organization? Actions that align with purpose are the hallmarks of leaders who can move mountains like Ulakaya did to start an unexpected business and grow it to the top of its industry. There are many leaders who are articulating their purpose, but far fewer are in the slog everyday, working to deliberately translate that purpose into action.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, for example, proved he is one of those kinds of leaders when he made a commitment that Southwest Airlines would no longer sell more tickets than it had seats. Not even one. Amid world wide passenger angst, they initiated what the airline calls “transfarency” in which they pledge to keep low fares without any need for that dreaded nickel and dime-ing. For companies of all sizes, purpose and how a company lives it, matters.

Shane Green, who wrote the great book, Culture Hacker, states that more than 50% of employees leave within the first year of their roles because they don’t see their company’s stated purpose lived out in the workplace. Would you make a promise to your mom, and then break it? Of course you wouldn’t.

The Deloitte Millennial Survey in 2017 validates Green’s findings that purpose matters. This consumer group of millennials in particular seek companies whose actions and behaviors display values congruent with their own. But I would assert this desire expands well beyond this intriguing group—that most of us would like to see companies behave with this congruence of heart and habit.

This is our opportunity to deliberately connect the dots between why a company states that it is in business, and its actions to live that in its promise.

About Jeanne Bliss

Jeanne Bliss pioneered the Chief Customer Officer position, holding the role for over twenty years reporting to the Chief Executive Officer at Lands’ End, Allstate, Coldwell Banker, Mazda and Microsoft Corporations, where she moved the customer to the strategic agenda, redirecting priorities to create transformational changes to each brands’ customer experience.

 

To Learn more about Jeanne 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 October 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 October 2018..

Michelle Ray – Change, Communication and Leadership Speaker

Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada,  leadership  expert, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks. She worked her way up the management ladder and was responsible for the sales revenues of 25 radio and television affiliate stations.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Michelle-Ray

Adrian Gostick – Bestselling Leadership Author & Organizational Culture Expert

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling  leadership  author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, organizational culture, driving innovation, and leading high-performance teams.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Adrian-Gostick

Janet Lapp – Expert on Change and Employee Motivation

What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. Janet shares the evidence-based results derived from years of experience in both her books and stage performances. She has a professor’s ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist’s knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

Stuart Knight – Award Winning Entrepreneur, Critically Acclaimed Author, and Hit Producer

Stuart Knight has written, produced and starred in live presentations that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks internationally helping some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road speaking, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high level communication.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Stuart-Knight

Greg McKeown – Social Innovator, Peak Performance Speaker & Author

Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t. The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project: the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller,  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Greg–McKeown

Polly LaBarre – Bestselling Author, Co-Founder of Management Lab,  Founding Writer of Fast Company

For more than 20 years, Polly LaBarre has used her writing, business consulting, and speaking to help organizations unleash and organize human potential in ever more powerful ways. Polly has devoted her career to helping leaderslearn to lead differently. The disruptive  business environment today demands it, and the best leaders and companies today have found out-of-the-box ways to invent the future by shedding bureaucracy and engaging their people in completely new ways.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Polly-LaBarre

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

Natalie Stavas – Harvard Doctor, Athlete, International Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker

Dr. Natalie Stavas shares inspiring real-life stories based on her experiences as a physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is also described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader, and received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Natalie-Stavas

Josh Linkner – Speaker on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership

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.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Josh-Linkner

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. She was an HR Director, a chief of police, and she was part of the team that ran Pearl Harbor.

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]

WE’VE BEEN BANKSY’D by Josh Linkner

The demure art world felt shockwaves over the last week as the dramatic news broke. The mysterious street artist known as Banksy made history when his painted work self-destructed minutes after being purchased for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction. Immediately following the thud of the closing gavel, the audience stood in bewilderment as the painting appeared to sink through its frame into shreds of canvas.

The stealthy artist – whose real identity remains a mystery – had built a shredder into the frame years ago when the work was completed. Upon its resale at auction, the new buyers were aghast as this long-term plan was enacted. Across the globe, speculation spread. Was there a co-conspirator? How was the shredder triggered? How did the batteries last? Why didn’t Sotheby’s sniff out the plot in advance? The stunt captured headlines and imaginations from Boston to Bangkok, while millions of people learned the name of this prolific and mischievous artist.

The art world had been Banksy’d.

While a normal buyer would be disappointed after a new purchase self-destructed, the new owners in this case hit pay dirt. Immediately elevated to Banky’s most famous work, the half-shredded painting has likely tripled in value according to experts in the field. Meanwhile, the enigmatic artist has achieved legendary status, creating rabid demand for any of his works.

Brilliant. By doing the unthinkable, Banksy achieved the unimaginable. His creative act of destruction actually created incredible value, elevating the myth and drama of his work and his brand.

A new verb – to “Banksy” – can be a powerful driver of our own businesses. If pulling a Banksy is an activity that helps you stand out from the competitive pack and propels your work to legendary status, what would such a move look like for you? Your Banksy need not be a PR stunt or destroying your own work product. In fact, it could be any creative leap that breaks the mold. A strategy that’s so bold and proactive, it can’t be ignored. An act that begins a remarkable conversation.

With competitive forces, geo-political turmoil, and raging shifts in technology, it’s easy to find ourselves feeling lost or overwhelmed. These are the ideal moments to Banksy our way to success. Doubling down on our creative gifts in order to create a tsunami of interest and intrigue among those we serve. Banksy’s imaginative act will be remembered for decades for shaking up his industry and launching him into the pantheon of greatness.

It’s time to make your own history. What will your Bansky be?


About Josh Linkner:

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]

3 Great Books on Leadership Everyone Should Read

We have been reviewing and researching speakers on Leadership for 18 years and have seen some incredibly insightful presentations. Here are 3 of the best books on Leadership by 3 great speakers.

Ram Charan – Highly Acclaimed Business and Leadership Speaker and Advisor

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, and Bank of America, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable – the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ram-Charan

 

Geoff Colvin – Senior Editor-at-Large FORTUNE Magazine, Bestselling Author/Commentator on Business & Economic Issues

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff has an insider’s perspective fueled by long-standing relationships with the world’s top leaders in business and government. He knows what they’re seeing, thinking, and planning and reveals how they’re leading, making choices, and responding to today’s challenges in ways that others can learn from.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Geoff-Colvin

 

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

 

 

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]

5 Great Books Every Innovator Should Read

Innovation used to be down the hall, the third door on the right, that’s where you found the Innovation department. But great Leaders today know that creating a culture of Innovation across an organization is the most a powerful way to generate new ideas, ideas that will change the game. But how do you encourage people to innovate, take risks, publicly fail and keep trying. The 5 books below are filled with ideas, insights and practical tips that you can use to encourage a Culture of Innovation.

Scott Anthony – Innovation Strategist

Scott Anthony is a senior partner at Innosight, a strategy and consulting firm. He has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). In his more than a decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Singtel, Kraft, General Electric, LG, the Ayala Group, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-Anthony

 

Daniel Burrus – Technology and Innovation Futurist

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and InnovationThe New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker. He has delivered over 2,800 keynote speeches worldwide, and is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daniel-Burrus

 

Josh Linkner – Speaker on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership

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. He is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Josh-Linkner

 

Diana Kander – Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker on Innovation

Diana Kander’s family escaped from the Soviet Union when she was 8-years-old. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup. Today, Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Diana-Kander

Nicholas J. Webb – Futurist, Expert on Innovation

Nicholas Webb is a number one best-selling author and is one of the most popular InnovationHealthcareFuture-trends, and Customer Experience Speakers in the world. Unlike most Innovation Speakers who have never actually invented anything and have no real-world expertise in the area of Enterprise Innovation, Nicholas is a multi award-winning inventor of technologies ranging from one of the world’s smallest medical implants to a very successful line of educational and fitness products.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Nicholas-J.-Webb

 

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]

5 Great Books on Customer Service

Does your company have a clear customer experience strategy in place? What to do when “great” isn’t good enough to grow your business? And why your company needs to have a customer-centric culture? These are some of great questions our speakers get asked all the time. We have selected 5 great books packed with insights and ideas on customer service that will help you and your company grow your business.

Lior Arussy – Founder of Strativity Group and Author of the Customer Service Experience

One of the world’s leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation, Lior Arussy delivers results. His strategic framework for converting organizations from product to customer centricity is drawn from his work with some of the globe’s leading brands – Capital One, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, Nokia, SAP, University of Pennsylvania and Wyeth.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Lior-Arussy

 

Scott McKain – Dynamic Speaker on Sales and Customer Service

Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers and how to stand out and move up, regardless of the economic climate in your industry. McKain’s calling is business – and his passion is platform presentations. He is a unique combination of vast speaking experience and new, cutting-edge information.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Scott-McKain

 

Jeanne Bliss – World-wide Speaker and Executive Coach on Customer Driven Growth

Jeanne Bliss pioneered the Chief Customer Officer position, holding the role for over twenty years reporting to the Chief Executive Officer at Lands’ End, Allstate, Coldwell Banker, Mazda and Microsoft Corporations, where she moved the customer to the strategic agenda, redirecting priorities to create transformational changes to each brands’ customer experience.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jeanne-Bliss

 

Robert Spector – Speaker and Author on Customer Service

Robert Spector is a best-selling author, international speaker, and customer service expert. Based in Seattle, he has helped companies create their customer service experiences for over 30 years. Robert is recognized worldwide as the ultimate authority on customer service and the Nordstrom Way. He is the author of the business classic The Nordstrom Way: The Inside Story of America’s Number One Customer Service Company.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Robert-Spector

 

Chip Bell – World Renown Thought Leader on Customer Service

Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Chip-Bell

 

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]

5 Great Books to Help You and Your Team Deal with Change

Here are 5 great books to help you and your team deal with change.

Carol Kinsey Goman – Author of The Silent Language of Leaders

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker, specializing in leadership and nonverbal communication. She coaches executives, women leaders, salespeople, and managers to build strong and productive business relationships by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Carol-Kinsey-Goman

 

 

Dr. Gary Bradt – Change and Leadership Author

Dr. Gary Bradt is a speaker and writer who helps individuals and organizations adapt to change faster and better. He gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestselling book which has sold over 28 million copies worldwide.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Gary-Bradt

 

Dr. Britt Andreatta – Author of Wired to Resist

Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations rise to their potential.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Britt-Andreatta

 

 

Eric Boles – Author of Moving to Great

Eric Boles is the president of The Game Changers Inc., a training and development company dedicated to maximizing the human asset. He is also a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world. His insights on LeadershipPeak Performance, Team Dynamics, and Managing Change has been shared with clients such as  Dunkin’ Donuts, Nationwide Insurance, AVIVA Insurance, Alaska Airlines, and State Farm Insurance.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Eric-Boles 

 

Daryl Conner – Author of Managing at the Speed of Change

Daryl Conner is chairman of Conner Partners, an advisory firm that specializes in strategy execution. Daryl and the firm have a steadfast focus: they help clients deliver the promised benefits for the most difficult type of strategic change – change that transforms the business. As an internationally recognized leader in organizational change, Daryl serves as an advisor and mentor to senior executives around the globe.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Daryl-Conner

 

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]

5 Great Books Every Leader Should Read

Great Leaders read and share great books on Leadership. Here are 5 must-read books from 5 great Speakers on the topic. They are all filled with ideas, tips and insights that Leaders can use every day.

Liz Wiseman – Author of the WSJ bestselling book Multipliers

Liz Wiseman is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. At The Wiseman Group, she advises senior executives and is a keynote speaker on leadership and business strategy for executive teams worldwide. Her recent clients include: Apple, Salesforce.com, GAP, Inc., Symantec, SAP and Microsoft.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Liz-Wiseman

 

Gary Hamel – Author of Leading the Revolution

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Gary-Hamel

 

 

Dr. Nicole Lipkin – Organizational Psychologist, Speaker and Author on Leadership

Dr. Nicole Lipkin is an organizational psychologist, speaker and the author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues and Y in the Workplace: Managing the ‘Me First’ Generation. Nicole’s aim is to help organizations, leaders and their teams develop behaviors and practices that increase personal and organizational resilience and sustainability by integrating the science of human behavior with practical approaches to business and leadership challenges.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Nicole-Lipkin

Mike Abrashoff – Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author of It’s Your Ship

Mike Abrashoff‘s inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.

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

Libby Gill – Author of The Hope-driven Leader

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

 

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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 Highest Rated Speakers of June 2018

The results are in. Each month, companies come to us asking for Speaker ideas on a variety of topics to help inspire, educate, and inform their audiences. We do the research and deliver specific Speaker suggestions that our clients can choose from. Based on their response, here are our highest rated Speakers of Jun 2018.

Amy C. Edmondson, Speaker and Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of leadership and management. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society. Edmondson’s research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Amy-C.-Edmondson

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

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and bestselling author of Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe and The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century.

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

 

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, First African American Female Combat Pilot and Motivational Speaker

Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Vernice-Armour

 

Jacob Logan Shapiro, Distinguished Geopolitic Analyst & Speaker on International Affairs

Jacob Logan Shapiro is the Director of Analysis for Geopolitical Futures (GPF). At GPF he oversees a team of analysts, the company’s forecasting process and the day-to-day analysis of important geopolitical developments. Shapiro is a regular speaker at international conferences and has appeared both in print and on television as an expert on international affairs in such places as MSNBC, CNBC, the New York Times, and Fox News.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Jacob-Logan-Shapiro

Nicholas J. Webb, Futurist, Expert on Innovation

Nicholas Webb is one of the world’s top Innovation Strategist and Futurist. As the CEO at Lassen Scientific, Inc. Nicholas works with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world to help them lead their industries in Innovation, Strategy and Customer Experience (ex) Design.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Nicholas-J.-Webb

 

Janet Lapp, Expert on Change and Employee Motivation

What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. She has a professor’s ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist’s knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Dr.-Janet-Lapp

Ram Charan, Business Advisor and Author

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. He is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ram-Charan

 

Peter Ricchiuti, Economist and Professor at Tulane University

Peter Ricchiuti (Ri-Chooty) is originally from Boston but “came to New Orleans just as soon as he’d heard about it.” He has been featured widely in the financial media including; The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CNBC and BARRON’s. Peter has addressed more than 1100 groups in 47 states and several countries.  He is also the host of “Out To Lunch”, a weekly business show on National Public Radio in New Orleans.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Peter-Ricchiuti

Ross Shafer, Entertaining Humorist and Motivational Speaker

Ross Shafer is an Emmy award winning network talk show host and comedy writer who has turned that same talent toward the corporate marketplace. He has written and produced 14 Human Resource training films on Customer ServiceLeadership, and Sales.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Ross-Shafer

Vince Poscente, Olympic Skier and Motivational Keynote Speaker

Vince Poscente is the founder and CEO of the Goal Acceleration Institute. His captivating combination of high energy and humor combine for an unforgettable opening or closing corporate keynote. His against-all odds Olympic strategy is powerful way to have your team reach BIG GOALS fast. Vince is a business guy who decided he would compete in the Olympics four years after his 26th birthday.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Vince-Poscente

 

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]