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3 Reasons Everyone Needs A Wingman For Business Growth

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Sep 26, 2014

I’ve always envied top executives at large companies. When they get stuck on an issue, they can simply pick up the phone and call their board of directors for clarity and advice. However, there aren’t a lot of CEOs in this country with big boards of directors. Most are small business people. We make up the majority of companies in America and we don’t have the luxury of being able to lean on a formal board. We don’t have a built-in place to go for clarity and advice.

That’s why it is important to create your own personal board of directors to act as a sounding board and offer an outside perspective to the problems and issues that need to be confronted.

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4 Things Bud Selig Can Teach Us About Investing In People

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Sep 26, 2014

With the recent announcement that the Commissioner of Major League Baseball will be retiring, I reflect on the legacy that Bud Selig leaves not only with the organization, but the many people he has impacted along the way. A personal friend and someone I view as a master networker, I respect Bud for never letting fear get in the way of his end goals. His ability to let giving rather than taking drive the development of key relationships throughout his career has ultimately persuaded, motivated and facilitated important change for the initiatives about which Bud was most passionate. It is the following approach to investing in others throughout his career that Bud will be remembered for most:

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4-Step Networking Process That Will Transform Your Life

Posted by Joe Sweeney on Sep 26, 2014

It is not often you are presented with an opportunity to make someone else’s dream come true. It’s even less often you are in a place to offer the resources needed to make the dream a reality. Years ago I helped a single mother, who was struggling to get by, achieve her dream of sending her son to a private Milwaukee high school. It was a risky commitment because at the time, resources were scarce. I would have to get creative to make up the amount that covered the tuition – but nothing felt better than helping my friend. Within nine hours of signing the check, I received a call that I had won a raffle prize for exactly the same amount. If it didn’t happen to me, I am not sure I would have believed it.

The example of helping someone achieve anything they strive for in life reminds me that networking is all about giving. When you truly give to others without any expectations or strings attached, you will receive much more than you ever could have expected. I’ve long believed that miracles will happen when you give of yourself and allow life to work its natural course without manipulating the outcome.

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